Worship Leading

Bachelor of Arts127.5 Credits

The program in Worship Leading is designed to prepare students to become contemporary worship leaders. Students will develop a variety of related skills to support the ministry of leading worship. These include developing proficiencies in voice, piano, guitar, songwriting, arranging, leading worship choirs, and technology for worship. Additionally, students will have a strong biblical and theological understanding of the role of worship.

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  1. Students will communicate competently using musical vocabulary through both writing and speech.
  2. Students will search for information in a variety of formats and evaluate the quality, appropriateness, and application of that information to problem solving within the discipline of music and for continued professional development.
  3. Students will manage individual and group relationships at the personal and professional level, including conflict resolution.
  4. Students will articulate a theology of worship and exhibit elements of a Christian lifestyle.
  5. Students will demonstrate competence in worship leading.
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
BIB/NWT/OLT/THE
Courses
9 cr
CMS/DIG/MTN
Courses
2 cr
 
3 cr
HIS
3 cr
 
History, Culture or Society Course
6 cr
LIT
Literature Course
3 cr
MTH
Math Course
3 cr
PHE
Activity Course
1 cr
SCI
Science Course
3 cr
TOTAL
 
61 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Core Requirements

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 credits

An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and intro-dukes the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History  3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, Imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credit

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233 Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

CHM 322 Hymnology 2 credits

A study of the hymnody of the Christian Church. The history of text and tune from the New Testament times to the present day will be studied. Criteria for the evaluation of hymns, ideas for their use, and theological aspects of hymnody also will be included.

CHM 441 Worship Leading Seminar I .5 credits

A course designed for students to learn the practical aspects of leading worship. Students will lead worship at least five times in a variety of settings during the semester. Each worship experience will be recorded and reviewed by the instructor and the class. Course is designed for beginning worship leaders and meets once per week. This class should be taken during the sophomore year.

CHM 442 Worship Leading Seminar II .5 credits

A course designed as a continuation of Worship Lead- ing Seminar I. Students will plan and lead worship at least five times in a variety of settings during the se- mester. Additionally, students will develop rehearsal techniques and continue to hone practical skills. Advanced music knowledge and experience is required. Students must be matriculated Church Music majors to register for this course. Class meets once per week and should be taken during the junior year.
Prerequisite: CHM 441.

CHM 443 Worship Leading Seminar III .5 credits

A course designed as a continuation of Worship Leading Seminar II. Students will plan and lead worship at least five times in a variety of settings during the semester. At this level, the instructor will work with the student to strengthen specific skills. At the end of this course, the student will have a digital portfolio that demonstrates worship leading skills. Advanced music knowledge and experience is required. Students must be matriculated Church Music Majors to register for this course. Class meets once per week and should be taken during the senior year.
Prerequisite: CHM 442.

DIG 251 Introduction to Presentation Graphics 1 credit

An introduction to creation, formatting, and real-time implementation of presentation graphics. Students will learn the basics of presentation design, procedures in digital presentation software programs, and techniques for presenting visual stories.

MTN 111 Basic Audio Reinforcement 1 credit

A basic overview of pro audio equipment and their relative application in the church. Students will assemble, mix, troubleshoot and breakdown various systems found in ministry today.
Music technology minors may test out of this class.

MTN 313 Sound Reinforcement Systems 3 credits

A survey of the wide array of equipment and their application to live sound reinforcement and live recording. Emphasis will also be placed on commonly encountered acoustical problems and techniques to neutralize them. Students will have hands-on experience in live concert settings.
Prerequisite: MTN 233 or permission of Instructor.

MUS 141 Aural Skills I 1 credit

A course designed to develop sight-singing as well as melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 143. Prerequisite: Passing score on music placement exam.

MUS 143 Music Theory I 3 credits

A course designed to give the student a theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of music. Scales, key signatures, intervals, rhythm, triads, and diatonic harmony are studied. Emphasis is placed on four-part choral style writing. A study of the harmonic, melodic, and formal elements of music.
Prerequisite: MUS 142 and/or pass music placement exam.

MUS 151 Aural Skills II 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills I.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 153. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or pass a placement exam.

MUS 153 Music Theory II 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory I with emphasis on harmonic progression, triads in inversion, musical form, non-chord tones, and seventh chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 143.

MUS 201Guitar Class I1 credits

An introduction to the fundamentals of playing acoustic guitar for worship. Basic techniques of playing chords, chord voicing, strumming, and fingerpicking will be explored.

MUS 212Guitar Class II1 credits

This class is designed to refine the techniques introduced in Guitar Class I, with an emphasis on applying those techniques in the context of worship choruses. Students will continue to develop their skills by playing the most common chords and chord progressions with rhythmic stability.

MUS 221 Aural Skills III 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills II.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 223. Prerequisite: Aural Skills II or pass a placement exam.

MUS 223 Music Theory III 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory II with emphasis on secondary dominant chords, modulation, binary and ternary forms, borrowed chords, and augmented sixth chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 153.

MUS 231 Aural Skills IV 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills III.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 233. Prerequisite: Aural Skills III or pass a placement exam.

MUS 233 Music Theory IV 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory III with emphasis on advanced chromatic harmony, late nineteenth-and twentieth-century practices, musical form, and counterpoint.
Prerequisite: MUS 223.

MUS 302Rhythm Section Methods2 credits

A course designed for worship leaders to explore the unique roles and features of the various instruments in the rhythm section of a worship band. An emphasis will be placed on how to communicate with the instrumentalists by using appropriate musical terminology.

MUS 310 Piano Proficiency 0 credits

Required of all Music concentration students as well as music minors. All sections of the piano proficiency exam must be passed by the end of the junior year. See Music Department Handbook for details.

MUS 313 Music History I 3 credits

Studies of the periods and styles of music in theory, form, performance and practice. Important people, places and events that effect the development of church music will be discussed. Historical influences and important events of church music history will be surveyed. Covers the period from antiquity through the Baroque. Attention will be given to church masters.

MUS 323 Music History II 3 credits

A continuation of Music History I The Classic, Ro- mantic and Modern periods will be studied. The major composers, forms, and styles of music from 1750 to the present will be emphasized. Specific attention will be given to church music masters.

MUS 341 Conducting Lab .5 credits

A course designed to give the student an opportunity to select, rehearse and conduct choral or instrumental works under the supervision of a faculty member. Emphasis will be placed on rehearsal organization and administration. This lab is required for all students in the Church Music program.
Class meets once per week. Lab fee $25.

MUS 342 Basic Conducting 2 credits

A course designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of conducting. Beat patterns, entrances and releases, cueing, score preparation and rehearsing will be covered.
Prerequisite: MUS 153.

MUS 403Songwriting3 credits

A course designed to introduce the techniques of writ- ing worship choruses. The class will emphasize the development of melodic ideas, crafting song sections that combine into a unified whole, formal structure, harmonic progressions, and writing lyrics based on sound biblical theology.

MUS 410 Senior Recital 0 credits

A senior project consisting of a performance of at least 50 minutes of music. Students in Church Music will perform a 30-minute recital on their primary instrument and a 20-minute conducting recital. Students in Music Performance will present a 50-minute recital entirely on their primary applied instrument, emphasizing classical music literature from all periods of music history.

MUS 412 Songwriting and Arranging 3 credits

A course in creative musical composition and arranging. Students will apply their musical knowledge in a variety of creative writing assignments, including songwriting and orchestration. Required for Church Music majors and Music Performance majors.
Prerequisite: MUS 233.

MUS 481 Internship 1 credit

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 4 to 15 weeks. An internship must be for at least 1 credit hour but can be expanded for up to 3 credit hours. A comprehensive journal is required that addresses the student’s activities during the internship and issues of development in their area of ministry. Written evaluations are required by the intern and the on-site supervisor. Internships are tailored in conjunction with the student’s focus of development and future ministry plans.

THE 313 A Biblical Theology of Worship 3 credit

Introduction to the biblical basis of worship, a practical application of worship leading skills and the discussion and practice of hymn, choral, and chorus selections. The role of corporate worship in relation to preaching and the larger ministry of the church, with congregational response, will be explored.