Music Ministry

The music ministry major will enable you to learn about the history, practice, performance and theology of music for worship, preparing you to contribute to a church music program with insight and experience.

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Major requirements

Ensemble participation: 2 credits *
MUS 111 - Music Theory I
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 111: MUS101 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(2 credits)
MUS 112 - Music Theory II
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 112: MUS111 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(4 credits)
MUS 115AE - Music of the Church
(3 credits) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience)This course provides an introduction to the fascinating and frustratinghistory of how Christians have used, created, manipulated, or avoided musicin their worship of God. Although each of us comes from our owndenominational, geographical, and cultural backgrounds, we will seek tounderstand the whole historical sweep of Christian church music, as well asour own place in that history.
MUS 211 - Music Theory III
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits)
MUS 223 - Organ for Music Ministry
MUS 230 - Hymnology/Liturgy
A study of the development and use of music for worship, with emphasis on hymns. The course will outline the historical threads of hymnody and liturgy. Prominent hymn writers and derivations of tunes will be studied.Prerequisite: MUS111.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 231 - Church Music Administration
An examination of several areas of organizational structure for a church setting. Students will gain knowledge in order to work effectively in a Christian community, while exercising a servant model of leadership.Prerequisite: MUS115.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 233 - Leading Music for Worship in a Changing Culture
This class will explore the biblical basis for contemporary church music. Through a variety of readings, students will also develop their own philosophy of contemporary music in worship. They will learn to evaluate issues of quality, both in the selection of contemporary songs and in the presentation of them in a service. Students will also learn the role of each instrument in a contemporary ensemble and how to plan and present a contemporary worship service.Prerequisite: MUS111 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 261 - Voice
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS 301 - Basic Conducting
This course is designed to assist students in developing a basic conducting technique. Skills are taught which enable the student to direct vocal and instrumental groups. Included in the course are studies in transposition, clef reading and score preparation.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 318WI - History of Music II
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the Classical era to the middle of the 19th century is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.
MUS 319 - History of Music III
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the late 19th century through the present is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 320CC - World Musics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) Music is an integral part of every culture. By studying the music of other cultures, including the way music relates to faith, power, societal structure, and daily life, students will be able to better understand, love, and treat people from other cultures with justice. This class will give students tools from the field of ethnomusicology to engage with the music of the world's people through listening, observing, researching and music-making.
MUS 401 - Music Ministry Practicum
At the conclusion of the music ministry major course work, the student will be placed in a local church to gain hands on experience in the field. Through the practicum the student will further refine areas of strength, be introduced to a broad array of worship ministries and develop skills in organization and planning. The ministry activities and church situation will vary depending on the student's strengths, performance background and career focus.Prerequisites: all course requirements for the music ministry major.(2 credits)
Choose one course: 1
MUS 133 - Piano Class Intermediate II
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS 251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)
Choose 3-4 credits: 3-4
MUS 212 - Music Theory IV
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 219 - Survey of Choral Literature
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the core and standard repertoire for choral ensembles from a variety of levels. Primary emphasis will be music for educational settings. In addition, literature for advanced and collegiate ensembles will be presented. This course is designed to provide the student with the resources necessary to program choral literature in a school setting.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 222 - Survey of Organ Literature
This course is a survey of organ literature suitable for use in churches and future teaching purposes. Students interested in organ pedagogy are advised to take MUS214.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 232 - Music Technology
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of some of the most common technologies in music, both digital and analog. The course is theoretical as well as practical. Hands-on experience and training will comprise a significant element in the class. Midi, digital technology, computers and analog sound amplification comprise broad subjects covered. Students will gain understanding and experience in each of these areas.Prerequisite: MUS111 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 246 - Music Ministry Guitar
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: permission of instructor.(1-2 credits)
MUS 252 - Lead Sheet Piano
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS133 or MUS251(1-2 credits)
MUS 302 - Advanced Conducting
This course is designed to further develop the student's basic conducting skills. The student will learn how to interpret stylistically the intentions of a composer and how to rehearse effectively. Compositions for band, choir and orchestra are studied. Included in the course are studies in score preparation, clef reading, transposition, rehearsal techniques, and error detection.Prerequisite: MUS301.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 303 - Orchestration
This course provides the students with the principles of scoring for small string and wind ensembles, symphonic orchestra and symphonic band. The study of range, proper notation, transposition and the characteristics of orchestra and band instruments are included.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 317 - History of Music I
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from ancient times through the Baroque is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 325 - Recital
This course is to be taken along with one credit of applied instruction during the semester in which the degree recital is given. The student will be required to select music of representative styles and periods, research and write program notes, pass the pre-recital jury one month prior to the recital, and give the public performance.Prerequisite: junior class standing or after four semesters of applied study.(1 credit)
MUS 334 - Composition
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor(1-2 credits)
MUS 337 - Choral/Instrumental Arranging
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor(1-2 credits)

Cognate requirements

PHI 238 - Philosophy of the Arts
A study of major theories of the analysis and evaluation of art. (4 credits)
Choose 4 credits
CEY 210 - Foundational Issues in Christian Education
CEY 310 - Leadership Development
CEY 380 - Narrative and Spiritual Formation
REL 280 - History of Christianity
A survey of the development of Christianity from the apostolic period to the contemporary world. Themes examined will include the separation of Church and Synagogue, Christianity in the Roman Empire, ecumenical councils, missionary expansion of the church in Europe and Asia, monasticism, the church in the High Middle Ages, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, Confessionalism and the Wars of Religion, Puritanism, Pietism, The Enlightenment, Christianity and European Colonialism, Revivalism, Modernism and Evangelicalism, modern missionary expansion, the ecumenical movement, and Christianity as a global religion. (4 credits)
REL 310 - Christian Spirituality
(2 credits)A study of the meaning, purpose and practices of Christian spirituality asthis has been understood in the Christian tradition. The course emphasizesthe practice of spiritual disciplines and the relevance of spirituality inour contemporary world.Prerequisite: REL250.
REL 317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies
A study of a single book or larger section of the Old Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the Old Testament. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the Pentateuch, the Historical Writings, the Prophets, and the Poetic and Wisdom books.Prerequisites: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL 340 - Heart of Worship
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of an interdisciplinary area of religion, not sufficiently covered by other courses, in response to student or faculty interests. This course will explore Christian worship: its history and branches, its underlying liturgical and sacramental theology, and principles and practices of worship leadership. Students are encouraged to connect their own worshipping experiences with course content in order to understand why their congregations came to worship as they do.
REL 345 - Theology of Worship
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A biblical, historical, and theological study of Christian worship from classical and contemporary perspectives. This course fulfills a requirement in the Worship Arts Major and complements the introduction to the elements and experience of worship in the Art of Worship course.Prerequisite: REL250.

Total credits required: 46-48

Notes:

Following a music placement exam, students will either be placed in Music Theory I (MUS111) or Music Fundamentals (MUS101). MUS101 does not count toward a music major, music ministry major or minor.

* Must include 1 credit of choral ensemble.

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