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Music Ministry

The Music Ministry Program is for musicians, singers, songwriters and creative artists who are committed to making an impact for Jesus through music and the arts. Students will grow in their musical skills while being developed as a theologian and strong Christian leader. This program offers a diploma or bachelor’s degree option. Alongside Bible and theology classes, students take classes in song writing and recording, worship leading, worship team management, music production, music theory and private lessons.

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The Specifics.

Purpose

This program is designed to prepare students for their specific ministry interest and gifts. Expanding on the IMM two-year program, this degree provides a well-rounded preparation to help you grow in leadership skills, musicianship, creativity, humility, biblical wisdom, and depth in your relationship with God in order to be an effective leader and musician in the body of Christ. The learning is practical, hands-on, and thorough. The instructors are professional pastors and musicians, who bring passion for God and life experience to mentoring students in integrating musical excellence with spiritual effectiveness. Whether  you are looking to become a vocational church musician, or simply to develop into a more skilled lay leader, we are committed to training, equipping, and encouraging tomorrow’s church music leaders.

Program Length
  • 133 credits
  • year full-time
Objectives

In addition to meeting the core learning objectives required for all programs, the BA in Music Ministry will enable graduates to:

  1. Cultivate the ability to articulate a studied and considered philosophy of worship informed by scripture, sound theology, history, and an understanding of the role of the arts, and of music in particular, in culture and spiritual development.
  2. Be able to make music in public contexts with confidence, poise, and  skill.
  3. Possess a fluency in music theory and a capacity to read music.
  4. Evidence a commitment to passion and creativity.
  5. Interact with a variety of people who are using the arts to impact the world for Jesus.
  6. Acquire relevant technical knowledge and practical skill.
  7. Communicate God’s heart to the world, both inside and outside church walls, through  music.
Major Requirements

In addition to completing the 67 credit core, Music Ministry Majors also take the  following:

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY COURSES

1 Bible or Theology elective

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Spiritual Formation II

MUSIC MINISTRY COURSES

Music Theory and Practice

Music Theory I, II, III, IV, V, & VI
Sight Singing and Ear Training I, II, III, & IV
Live Sound Fundamentals I & II
Survey of Popular Music: 1850 to Present
Classical Music Survey
World Music Survey
Art of Performance
Vocal Arranging
Instrumental Arranging
Music Ministry Management and Business of Music
Chapel Worship Team I and II

Six credit hours from the following:

Recording I
Recording II
Music Production
Live Sound Fundamentals III
Worship Leading Lab
Songwriting Tools and Techniques
Songwriting Lab
Worship Arts Seminar
Music Clinic

Ensembles (12 of the following)

Vocal Ensemble I, II, III, IV, V,  VI, VII, VIII
Instrumental Ensemble I, II, III, IV
Percussion Ensemble I, II
Performance Ensemble I, II, III, IV, V, VI
Performance Elective I, II, III, IV

Individual Lessons (7 of the following)

Voice
Keyboard
Guitar
Bass
Drums
Strings
Woodwinds
Brass

Music Ministry Round Table (8 semesters)

Internship

Music Ministry Practicum I
Music Ministry Practicum II

Capstone

Grad Recital
Senior Seminar

OPEN ELECTIVES

2 Open Electives

SERVICE LEARNING

Service Learning (4 semesters)

Purpose

This program is designed to help you grow in leadership skills, musicianship, creativity, humility, biblical wisdom, and depth in your relationship with God in order to be an effective leader and musician in the    body of Christ. The learning is practical, hands-on, and thorough. The instructors are professional pastors and musicians, who bring passion for God and life experience to mentoring students in integrating musical excellence with spiritual effectiveness. Whether you are looking to become a vocational church musician or simply to develop into a more skilled lay leader, we are committed to training, equipping, and encouraging tomorrow’s church music leaders.

Program Length
  • 67 credit hours
  • 2 years full-time
Program Director

Lincoln Tatem, BSM

Objectives

In addition to meeting the core learning objectives required for all programs, the Music Ministry Diploma will enable graduates  to:

  1. Cultivate the ability to articulate a studied and considered philosophy of worship informed by scripture, sound theology, history, and an understanding of the role of the arts, and of music in particular, in    culture and spiritual development.
  2. Be able to make music in public contexts with confidence, poise, and  skill.
  3. Possess a fluency in music theory and a capacity to read music.
  4. Evidence a commitment to passion and creativity.
  5. Interact with a variety of people who are using the arts to impact the world for Jesus.
  6. Acquire relevant technical knowledge and practical skill.
  7. Communicate God’s heart to the world, both inside and outside church walls, through  music.
Major Requirements

GENERAL STUDIES COURSES

Personal Resource Management
Academic Writing
Academic Writing Lab
History of Church Music and Worship
Aesthetics: Art and Christianity

PLUS one of the following:
Visual Arts Seminar
Drama Seminar
Dance Seminar
Creative Writing Seminar
Digital Arts Seminar
Film and Media Seminar

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Survey of Christian Beliefs
Biblical Interpretation
1 Bible or Theology Elective

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Spiritual Formation I
Spiritual Formation II

One of the following:
Life and Ministry in the Holy Spirit
Evangelism Strategies

Music Ministry

Music Theory I, II, III, & IV
Sight Singing and Ear Training I, II, III, & IV
Survey of Popular Music: 1850 to Present
Art of Performance

Eight credit hours from the following:
Live Sound Fundamentals I, II
Recording I
Music Production
Live Sound Fundamentals III
Music Ministry Management and Business of Music
Worship Leading Lab
Song Writing Tools and Techniques
Songwriting Lab
Recording II
Classical Music Survey
World Music Survey
Vocal Arranging
Instrumental Arranging
Worship Arts Seminar
Music Clinic

Ensembles:
Vocal Ensemble I, II, III, IV
Instrumental Ensemble I, II, III, IV
Percussion Ensemble I, II
Performance Ensemble I, II, III, IV

Individual Lessons (4 of the following)

Voice
Keyboard
Guitar
Bass
Drums
Strings
Woodwinds
Brass

Music Ministry Round Table (4 semesters)

Practicum

Music Practicum

Service Learning

Service Learning (2 semesters)

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