Patrick Reagan

At home in the music studio

With all the bells and whistles in the LaGrange College Music Department recording studio, sophomore Patrick Reagan feels just like a kid at Christmas.

As a high-school freshman, he used to record original acoustic guitar and vocals, sometimes with “some piano thrown in,” he says. That almost seems archaic compared with what he uses now.

The composition and music technologies major is now among a select handful of students who have access to the college’s studio any time it’s not in use. That’s not a perk most colleges offer, simply because LaGrange College is one of the only colleges in Georgia that offers a composition and music technologies major; most only offer a classical music program.

“Having this wonderful equipment, and especially having access to all of it, is really amazing. We’re so fortunate that they trust us to have all this access to it. This is what brought me to LaGrange College. In this program the professors are really open and willing to work with you and with what you want to do with your career. They aren’t focused on what they think is best for you; they want you to discover what you think is best for you.”

In the major, Patrick can choose a concentration in either song-writing or composition.

“I’m definitely a song-writer, but I’ve also enjoyed learning composition,” he says. “With the song-writing route, it’s more like the songs you hear on the radio. You have lyrics, a tune that’s memorable, and it’s shorter than composition.  Composition takes a lot more time than a song, although I wouldn’t say it drains you more because writing a song can be very emotional and take a lot out of you as well.”

The son of a piano-and-voice-major dad and theatre-major mom, the Augusta native has been singing since age 3 and playing the guitar since sixth grade. He says his parents’ backgrounds instilled in him a love for musical theatre. He taught himself guitar and piano and learned formal voice from his church choir director.

Patrick began writing songs as a high-school freshman.

“I couldn’t count how many songs I’ve written,” he says. “Looking back at the songs I wrote in high school as a freshman, they were terrible songs. Since I was a senior in high school to now, I’ve probably written 50 songs.

“Every song is new progress. You see yourself growing in every song, so I can’t really say that one is my favorite,” he says. “Each new one is my favorite.”

In his major, Patrick has grown as an artist through classes in music theory, ear-training, audio engineering, piano and more.

“I’m in my third music theory class, and my second ear-training class,” he says. “In ear-training, you listen to intervals and then write down what you hear, or a professor will play a melody, and you write down the melody. It’s been huge for me. It’s helped me so much.”

His band in Augusta, Amerson, has grown through Patrick’s music studies at LaGrange College as well. They were recently hired at a wedding to play 30 to 40 songs, and Patrick’s ear-training classes helped immensely as he was able to listen to well-known songs from different genres and then write down the music for specific instruments.

With choral groups, applied lessons in musical instruments ranging from piano to pipe organ to guitar, and percussion and guitar ensembles, LaGrange College has plenty to offer musically. Patrick takes advantage of it all, including singing as a member of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Above all, it’s the audio-engineering studio where Patrick feels most at home, where he can create with virtually no limitations.

“I feel most at home sitting in this seat,” he says in front of a massive soundboard. “I see myself in the future doing engineering because I have really developed a love for it, even though I love song-writing too. I love using all this equipment and putting a song together myself or with an artist.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.