Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    22 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 22
  • Accreditation

    WSCUC

The contemporary worship music minor equips students who desire to serve the church on a volunteer or part-time basis through music ministry. A minor is offered upon completion of 22 credits in the required courses. An audition is required.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

Training in the use of speakers, microphones, mixers, amps, computers, EQ's, preamps, and personal recording in worship settings. Grade Mode: A.
Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, percussion instruments, conducting, and improvisation. Notes: Non-music majors are welcome to take applied lessons, see Conservatory for approval. Grade Mode: A.
Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, percussion instruments, conducting, and improvisation. Notes: Non-music majors are welcome to take applied lessons, see Conservatory for approval. Grade Mode: A.
Sight-singing diatonic melodies, major and minor scales and triads using moveable tonic solfege. Transcribing basic diatonic melodies, cadences and progressions. Reading, performing and transcribing rhythmic patterns in simple, compound and irregular meters. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course. Grade Mode: A.
The study of the following music fundamentals: elementary acoustics, keyboard layout, intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, figured bass, diatonic voice-leading, cadences, elementary harmonic progressions, meter, rhythm, time signatures and staff notation. Grade Mode: A.
Survey of worship in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Key worship passages; biblical models of worship (tabernacle, temple, synagogue, Pauline worship, worship in Revelation) and their contemporary applications. Emphasis on the theology of worship. Grade Mode: A.
Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester. Notes: Four semesters required for graduation. Grade Mode: C.
Hymns, songs, praise and worship music, ethnic music, accompaniments. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction into the nature of spiritual formation and its relationship to worship in personal and corporate settings. Emphasis on the nature of spiritual growth, psychological hindrances, and the dynamics of assisting others into true, meaningful worship. Contains a spiritual direction component with Biola's Center for Spiritual Renewal. Grade Mode: A.
How to craft a theological, relevant service; overseeing the sound and media; clarifying the role of visuals; building the team and managing rehearsals; working with the band; relating to pastor. Emphasis on skill development and student projects. Grade Mode: A.
Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, and percussion instruments. Notes: Non-music majors are welcome to take applied lessons, see Conservatory for approval. Grade Mode: A.
Applied instruction in composition, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, and percussion instruments. Notes: Non-music majors are welcome to take applied lessons, see Conservatory for approval. Grade Mode: A.

Ensemble Courses

Choose a total of two credits of ensemble (MUSC 002).