Christian Music

Department of Christian Music

This program prepares students for careers in church music, worship arts, performance, and teaching. Church music arts and directorship, as well as the history of music in a Christian context, are deeply explored. Artistic competence and skills are stressed in the applied areas of voice, keyboard, and other instruments of choice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate student will be able to:

  1. Understand theoretical functions, historical importance, and mechanics of music and their impact on the Christian church.
  2. Understand the characteristics of tone production, expressiveness, articulation, various styles, and practice of one’s major applied music concentration and competence in one’s minor instruments.
  3. Plan and administer an effective full-time music and worship arts program and its components, including the supervision and maintenance of an adequate church music library.
  4. Plan and accurately lead to meaningful, Christ-honoring worship, which is thematic and Scripture-based.
  5. Plan for, train, rehearse and implement graded choirs, praise teams, instrumentalists, and various small ensembles in regular worship and special events.
  6. Embrace a servant mentality by working effectively with a pastoral team in planning worship and ministering in other areas as needed.

Duration

Students of this program complete 120 credits of instruction.

Delivery Method

Classes are delivered on the ground at the university facilities.

Required Courses and Elective

Classification
Major
Course Number
Subject
Credit
Semester
Total Credits
Core
All Majors
15cr. required
CU101
CU102
CU103
BS104
BS116
CU106.1
CU107.1-2
CU109.1-8
Faith and Good Life
Church and Society
Bible Overview
Life of Christ
Worship Overview
Hymnology 1
Special Lecture 1-2
Chapel 1-2
2
2
3
3
2
1
1
0
1-2
1-2
1-4
1-4
1-6
1-6
1-8
1-8
2
2
3
3
2
1
2
0
Requirement
Christian Music
9cr. required
CM101.1-8
CM410
Major Lesson 1-2
Graduation Presentation
3
3
1-8
7-8
6
3
Electives
All Major
CU106.2
CM101.5-8
CM211.1-8
CU201.1-8
CU501.1-4
Hymnology 2
Major Lesson 3-8
Group Lesson 1-8 (All Majors)
Hymn Sing Along 1-8
Independence Study 1-4
1
3
2
1
3
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1
18
16
8
12
ElectivesChristian Music
General
CM102.1-2
CM103.1-2
CM104.1-2
CM105.1-2
CM106.1-2
CM107.1-2
CM111.1-4
CM112.1-4
CM113.1-4
CM114.1-4
CM115.1-4
CM139.1-4
CM143.1-6
CM179.1-8
CM180.1-8
CM181.1-8
CM182.1-8
CM183.1-4
CM184.1-2
CM190.1-2
CM191.1-2
CM192.1-2
CM193
CM194.1-4
CM195
CM199
Rudiments of Music 1-2*
Sight Singing & Ear Training 1-2*
Harmony 1-2*
Music History 1-2*
Music Appreciation 1-2
Performance Practice 1-2
Voice Class 1-4
Piano Class 1-4
String Class 1-4
Brass Class 1-4
Composition Class 1-4
Wind Class 1-4
Piano Accompaniment 1-6
Chapel Choir 1-8
Church Chorus 1-8
Church Orchestra 1-8
Church Music Ensemble 1-8
Oratorio Class 1-4
Opera Class 1-4
Choral Literature 1-2
Sacred Music Score Study 1-2
Church Music Skills 1-4
Music in Christian Culture
Congregational Hymn Survey 1-4
Music for Worship
Practicum in Church Music
2
2
2
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
2
2
2
1-2
1-4
3-4
1-2
3-6
5-6
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
3-8
1-8
3-8
3-8
1-8
3-8
3-8
3-8
7-8
4
4
4
6
4
4
8
8
8
8
8
8
12
16
16
16
16
8
8
4
4
8
3
8
2
2
ElectivesCCM Major
CC151.1-6
CC152.1-6
CC161.1-6
CC162.1-2
CCM Vocal Class 1-6
CCM Keyboard Improvisation 1-6
Worship Dance 1-4
Understanding and Applying Rhythm 1-2
2
2
2
2
1-8
1-8
1-8
1-8
12
12
8
4
ElectivesComposition
Major
CO141.1-2
CO142.1-2
CO143.1-2
CO144.1-2
CO145.1-2
Advanced Harmony 1-2
Form and Style 1-2
Analysis 1-2
Arrangement Practice 1-2
Sacred Music Orchestration 1-2
2
2
2
2
2
3-8
3-8
3-8
3-8
5-8
4
4
4
4
4
ElectivesVoice Major
VO111.1-2
VO113.1-4
VO115
VO116.1-4
Diction (Italian, German, Spanish, Latin)
Youth Choir Conducting 1-4
Understanding a Stage
Opera Workshop 1-4
2
2
2
2
1-6
5-8
3-8
3-8
4
8
2
8
ElectivesMusic Technology
WT110.1-2
WT111.1-2
WT210.1-2
Mixing and Recording for Worship 1-2
Visual Presentation for Worship 1-2
Computer Study for Christian 1-2
2
2
2
1-8
1-8
1-8
4
4
4

1) * indication for availability of competence completion. If approved and granted credits for the course as competence completion, the student may take another course within his credit load.

2) The student may take other core or electives courses from another major and use those credits towards his/her graduation.

3) A student working towards a Diploma program can receive Music Performance Diploma or Vocal Performance Diploma upon completing a total of 30 credits (3 credits of Graduation Presentation, more than 6 credits from CM101, 4 credits from CM180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, CM143, CU501) during the academic year.