Courses | B.S. in Music in Worship

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. 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 catalog for details.


Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.


Major Courses

Training in the use of speakers, microphones, mixers, amps, computers, EQ's, preamps, and personal recording in worship settings. Grade Mode: A.
Exposure to live and studio sound technology; room acoustics, amplification, calibration, aspects of digital mixing. Coverage of a wide variety of recording equipment, techniques. Networking included. 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.
Using 153 materials as a foundation, this course encompasses the sight-singing and transcribing of diatonic and simple chromatic melodies with greater rhythmic complexity, triads in all inversions, dominant seventh chords and altered non-harmonic tones. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course. Grade Mode: A.
A study of common-practice diatonic harmony with emphasis on voice leading and harmonic progression. Includes part writing, non-harmonic tones, cadences, figured bass and Roman analysis. 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.
Exploration of theological and narrative content of major classic and modern hymns. Memorization of several hymns, and learning ways to communicate content effectively. Grade Mode: A.
A historical and critical study of western music from 1750 to the mid-twentieth century with a particular emphasis on the sacred music of this period. Attention will be given to music literature, theory and performance practice, as well as the relevance of topics studied to modern worship services. Grade Mode: A.
A continuation of MUSC 317 focusing on the late twentieth century and the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, with a particular emphasis on the sacred music of those periods. Attention will be given to music literature, theory and performance practice, as well as the relevance of topics studied to modern worship services.
Basic conducting skills; the psychology of conducting; observation of choral and orchestral rehearsals. Grade Mode: A.
Knowledge and use of standard and emerging pop symbols. The creation of worship charts, lead sheets, chord substitutions, simplified hymn harmonizations, modulations, segues, intros, outros, turnarounds. Grade Mode: A.
Continuation of Pop Theory for Contemporary Worship I. Knowledge and use of standard and emerging pop symbols. The creation of worship charts, lead sheets, chord substitutions, simplified hymn harmonizations, modulations, segues, intros, outros, and turnarounds. Emphasis on writing arrangements and projects which incorporate the above features. Grade Mode: A.
This course centers on the application of sight-singing and dictation skills acquired in 153 and 163, with particular focus on dominant and non-dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants and chromatic melodies. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course. Grade Mode: A.
This is the final semester of common-practice diatonic harmony. Emphasis is on voice leading and harmonic progressions including altered dominants, borrowed chords, the Neapolitan Sixth chord, augmented chords and modulation. Grade Mode: A.
This course centers on the application of sight-singing and dictation skills to complex diatonic and chromatic and modulating melodies, dominant and non-dominant seventh chords, altered non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants, the Neapolitan Sixth chord, and augmented sixth chords. Notes: Students may test into an accelerated section of this course. Grade Mode: A.
This course is centered on the study of chromatic harmony of the 19th century; Impressionism, and other early 20th century practices; contemporary popular harmonic practice and its symbols. 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.
Professional music ministers, musicians, theologians and pastors will share views on worship with opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers. Grade Mode: C.
A supervised ministry experience limited to juniors and seniors. Growth through direct field experience, mentoring, reflection, feedback and evaluation by a local church supervisor and Biola faculty. Notes: Best taken concurrently with other courses and spread out over 1–3 semesters. May be taken in blocks of 1–6 credits. Grade Mode: A.

Proficiency Courses

Keyboard, guitar, and voice proficiency courses.

Designed to develop general keyboard facility. For the music major, as preparation for entrance to MUSC 118. Notes: Credits earned by the music major may not apply toward music degree requirements. Grade Mode: A.
Basic vocal training. Grade Mode: A.
For the student with no previous training in guitar. Survey of different styles of playing, together with music theory as related to the instrument. First position chords, bar chords, right and left hand technique. Grade Mode: A.
Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major. Grade Mode: A.
Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major. 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.

Ensemble Courses

See catalog for details.

Performance of standard choral literature representing a variety of styles and periods. Notes: Membership by audition. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
Performance of standard vocal jazz music representing the broad range of jazz styles which have developed over the past century in this country. Notes: Membership by audition. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
Performance of a variety of literature and styles from Renaissance through the 20th Century. Notes: Membership open to all women students by audition. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.
Performance of popular literature, from both the Contemporary Christian/Worship and secular song catalogs. Notes: Membership by audition. Required for Worship Majors, Contemporary Worship Minors, and B.A. Music (Commercial Music concentration) Majors. Grade Mode: A.
Performance of a variety of literature and styles from Renaissance through the 20th Century. Notes: Membership open to all male students by audition. Approved for Core Curriculum Fine Arts credit. Grade Mode: A.

Elective Courses

Studies in various scales, major and minor triad/sevenths; reading of standard notation in open through 5th position. Grade Mode: A.
Studies in various modes: upper extensions of major and minor chords; reading of standard notation in positions 6 through 11. Grade Mode: A.
Sequencing. Application of presets and samples to worship songs. Creating and performing complementary parts (string, synth, percussion, and B3 sounds) for sound tracks. Grade Mode: A.

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