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While the Church Music major enjoys all of the features
of the Music program in general, the Church Music major has the following more specific features:
(a) there are organ, choral, piano, guitar, instrumental, composition, and generalist tracks, thus equipping students to lead both traditional liturgies and contemporary worship formats.
(b) each track shares the core musicianship (music theory/analysis/writing/ear-training/keyboard harmony) and music history courses. Private lessons and ensembles applicable to each track are also part of the core.
(c) each track has specialized courses, culminating in a senior project/recital in the track.
(d) the program culminates in a two-credit internship in a church (done while the student is attending school) in a metro area church.
(e) students may add Director ... Read More
of Parish Music Certification by completing the Confessional Lutheranism minor, completing a portfolio, and passing the entrance and exit interviews. This leads to rostered church worker status as a Commissioned Minister in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
With several tracks available, the Director of Parish Music certification at Concordia allows students to pursue music ministry in the area that best suits their interests and talents.