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Bachelor of Music in Church Music (organ or voice emphasis)

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

The Bachelor of Music in Church Music curriculum prepares you to become a full-time church musician. You may choose an applied performance major emphasis in organ or voice, but you will receive technical skills in organ, voice and conducting and attend a variety of public performances and events.

You will learn:

  • musicianship in solo and ensemble performance
  • a variety of repertoire
  • to perform in a variety of settings
  • repertoire and planning for liturgical settings
  • how to lead a rehearsal and the music component of a church service
  • music theory, music history, world music and music technology
  • how to work with children’s choirs
  • to express ideas orally and in writing

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

We prepare you to lead traditional worship as an organist or become a music or choir director, studio teacher or accompanist. We prepare you to work with the amateur choir, which includes diverse ability levels and be able to help adults and children not only make music, but also think about what and why they are playing. You will also be qualified to work professionally with members of clergy who often have little or no training in worship planning.

What makes our program unique?

Since the core classes are offered in the summer, you can complete your degree in three years, seek a double major or have time to take extra electives. The summer classes have a practical, hands-on approach so you gain experience, not just classroom knowledge. If you are choosing church music as a second career, you will benefit from the flexibility of our programs.

You’ll engage in a senior internship, and interact with nationally known leaders and those already working in the field of church music while attending summer classes. You’ll also have numerous local church employment opportunities.