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Worship Arts Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Worship Arts Major.

Courses Credits  
MUSG 100 Recital Class 0 Info

This course is designated as a requirement for all music majors to attend 12 concerts per semester, while music minors need to attend nine concerts per semester. Students must register for this course concurrently with any level of applied lessons; therefore, music majors are required to take this course every semester you are attending classes on campus. Applicable concerts and recitals will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

MUAP 101 Class Piano I 1 Info

Music majors and minors (except for students whose primary instrument is piano) will complete this first level of group instruction. Class includes fundamentals of notation and basic musicianship skills which include: repertoire, sight reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, and technique. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUAP 102 Class Piano II 1 Info

Elements of piano playing including touch, notation, rhythmic problems, major scales, and broken chords are covered. Instruction books, technical exercises, and studies of standard composers are given according to individual needs and the student's progress. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUAP 103 Class Piano III 1 Info

Elements of piano playing, including touch, notation, and rhythmic problems, major scales, and broken chords are addressed. Instruction books, technical exercises, and studies of standard composers are given according to individual needs and the student's progress. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUTH 103 Written Theory I 3 Info

The study of scales, keys, intervals, triads, seventh chords, chord progressions, cadences, harmonization of melodies and basses, non-harmonic tones, simple modulations, instrumental transposition, and analysis of simple song forms. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 103E.)

MUTH 103E Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1 Info

Hearing, singing, writing, and analyzing the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music are topics addressed in this class. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 103.)

MUAP 104 Class Piano IV 1 Info

This final class piano focuses on the individual progress of each student. Class meets twice weekly, and has a fee of $175.

MUTH 104 Written Theory II 3 Info

A continuation of Music Theory I. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 104E.)

MUTH 104E Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1 Info

A continuation of Ear Training and Sight Singing I. (Should be taken concurrently with MUTH 104.)

MUAP 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312, 411, 412 Applied Music 1 or 2 (each) Info

Applied Music classes are available for instruments listed below. Placement audition is required. One credit equals a 30 minute lesson weekly having a fee of $375, and two credits equal an hour lesson weekly having a fee of $750. Applied music courses are to be taken in numerical sequence. Students must pass an upper division audition jury before taking MUAP 311.

Instruments in which applied music courses maybe taken. Letter designates area of study.

A. Flute
B. Oboe
C. Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
D. Bassoon
E. Saxophone
F. French horn
G. Trumpet
H. Trombone and Baritone
I. Tuba
J. Percussion
K. Violin
L. Viola
M. Cello
N. String Bass and Electric Bass
O. Organ
P. Piano - Private Lessons + Studio Class
T. Guitar
U. Voice - Private Lessons + Studio Class
W. Composition (upper division only)
X. Piano - CCM/BME - first year principal applied
Z. Voice - Private Jazz (upper division only)

 

MUSG 150 Faith, Music, Culture 1 Info

This course will serve as a basis for creating a foundation in keeping a connection between a student's faith, how it can be used through the gift of music, and how to use those gifts to affect culture in a positive manner. Various types of music and their connection to culture as well as how today's culture affects students, music, and faith will be explored.

MUSG 164 Foundations of Leading Worship 1 Info

This course is designed to provide a strong foundation and explores the various understandings and concepts of worship leading. The course will cover the importance of having a firm biblical foundation and a solid theology of worship and how to present that within a worship set. Students will gain an understanding of the potential problems and pitfalls of worship leadership and how to deal with those challenges.

MUEN 164/364 Worship Arts Ensemble 1 Info

This ensemble explores the various understandings and concepts of worship leading. Students will gain practical experience in contemporary worship methods and will have multiple opportunities to tour as a ministry team. Students are expected to remain in the ensemble for the full year. Members are admitted by audition.

REL 200 Orientation to Ministry 3 Info

The course exposes student to the biblical and theological foundations of ministry in the Wesleyan tradition. The ministry of Jesus and its classical interpretation are explored, with particular attention given to calling, character, and spiritual gifts. Students will also deal with current ministry-related issues.

MUSG 209 Music Listening 2 Info

This course develops critical listening skills for a variety of both western and non-western musical styles. Music will be evaluated by objective and aesthetic criteria. Open to all students, this course is the prerequisite for Music History I.

MUSG 221 Elementary Conducting 2 Info

This course studies standard conducting patterns, develops the skill of both hand and baton directing, and emphasizes development of listening and leadership skills.

MUSG 229/329 Sound Reinforcement 1 Info

This course is repeatable up to three times.

REL 266 Introduction to Worship 3 Info

This course introduces students to the language and various elements of Christian worship and provides instruction in the theology and leadership of central liturgical events within the Christian community, including weddings, funerals, and the sacraments of baptism and the eucharist.

MUSG 301 Worship Arts in the 21st Century 3 Info

This course will explore the current status and evolution of the worship arts culture within contemporary Christendom. Students will seek to understand the importance of modern methodologies as pertinent to the pursuit of the worship of GOD within the context of postmodernity. The course will also discuss the ever changing notion of vernacular communication and the ongoing discourse regarding ecumenical worship as the church of the 21st century attempts to achieve community, retain tradition, and operate out of a sense of cultural relevance.

MUSG 302 Music in Worship 3 Info

This course introduces students to the historical, theological and philosophical foundations of music in Christian worship and provides instruction in the leadership and management of central musical acts within the Christian community, including singing and the use of instruments.

MUTH 305 Pop Theory/Song Writing I 2 Info

Students will establish a thorough understanding of the theory and structures of popular contemporary music. Written assignments will include arranging current popular tunes and writing original material to be performed by various on-campus ensembles.

MUSG 309 Music History I 3 Info

This course is a survey of the development of musical styles and their creators from antiquity to 1750.

MUSG 310 Music History II 3 (WI) Info

This course is a survey of the development of musical styles and their creators from 1750 to the present day. This is a writing intensive course. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

MUED 322 Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques 2 Info

Further development of skill in conducting, principles of instrumental rehearsal techniques, and preparation of specific works are rehearsed with the College band.

MUED 324 Choral Rehearsal Techniques 2 Info

Further development of skill in conducting, principles of choral rehearsal procedures, and preparation of specific works are rehearsed with college choral organizations.

MP 395/405 Internship 1-3 Info

Possibilities for internship include music business, promotions, and publicity, artist, management, publicist, and media. Required of all media promotions majors.

MUSG 418 Senior Recital 1 Info

The student will prepare a minimum of 45 minutes of music to be performed at a public recital. The recital and program notes must be approved by a faculty jury prior to performance. Final jury must be passed prior to presentation of the recital.

Career Opportunities

  • Worship Leader
  • Touring Worship Artist
  • Worship Music Composer
  • Worship Service Coordinator