Majoring in Church Music involves studying the history, theory, writing and performance of religious music. In addition to musical training, you’ll gain experience leading various styles of worship, such as the services with traditional hymns, praise band-led services, Taizé contemplative acoustic services, ancient chant services, multimedia worship services and global music in worship. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any music ministry area as you take 46 to 48 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom by participating in instrumental groups (such as the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, String Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, Musical Theatre Pit Orchestra, Christmas Concert Orchestra and Chapel Band) and vocal groups (such as the Christus Chorus, Jubilate, Opera Workshop, Shades of Harmony Multicultural (is that part of the name?) Gospel Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble). Because we design our church music program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a church music director/teacher, composer/arranger, organist, music ensemble director or worship planner/coordinator.