Courses | Music in Worship, B.S.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

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.

Major Courses

Training in the use of speakers, microphones, mixers, amps, computers, EQ's, preamps, and personal recording in worship settings.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 124.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

Studies in various scales, major and minor triad/sevenths; reading of standard notation in open through 5th position.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music in Worship (MUWO) or Music (MUWM); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

Studies in various modes: upper extensions of major and minor chords; reading of standard notation in positions 6 through 11.
Prerequisites: MUSC 130.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Half hour lesson $356.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 153.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 154.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music (MUWM), Music in Worship (MUWO) or Contemporary Worship Music (MUCW); and Undergraduate Level.

Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester. Notes: Four semesters required for graduation.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

A historical and critical study of the period including important contributions in musical literature, theory and performance practice. Special attention will be given to the analysis of selected vocal and instrumental works.
Prerequisites: MUSC 164.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music (MUWM), Music Performance (MUPR), Music (MUSC), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Education (MUED); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

A historical and critical survey of the period including important contributions in music literature, theory and performance practice. Special attention will be given to the analysis of selected vocal and instrumental works.
Prerequisites: MUSC 307.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

A historical and critical survey of the period including important contributions in music literature, theory and performance practice. Special attention will be given to the analysis of selected vocal and instrumental works.
Prerequisites: MUSC 308.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

The study of 20th century theory practice and compositional techniques within the context of the broad range of 20th century music literature.
Prerequisites: MUSC 309.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $43.

Basic conducting skills; the psychology of conducting; observation of choral and orchestral rehearsals.
Prerequisites: MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music Education (MUED), Music in Worship (MUWO), Music (MUSC), Music (MUWM), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Performance (MUPR); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 364.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music in Worship (MUWO) or Music (MUWM); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 346.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music in Worship (MUWO) or Music (MUWM); and Undergraduate Level.

Sequencing. Application of presets and samples to worship songs. Creating and performing complementary parts (string, synth, percussion, and B3 sounds) for sound tracks.
Prerequisites: MUSC 119, MUSC 354.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 163.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 164.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 353.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 354.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music (MUWM), Music in Worship (MUWO) or Contemporary Worship Music (MUCW); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 154.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Music (MUWM), Music in Worship (MUWO) or Contemporary Worship Music (MUCW); and Undergraduate Level.

Professional music ministers, musicians, theologians and pastors will share views on worship with opportunity to dialogue with guest speakers.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Music (MUWM) or Music in Worship (MUWO); and Undergraduate Level.

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.
Prerequisites: MUSC 185, MUSC 287.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; and Music in Worship (MUWO) or Music (MUWM); Undergraduate Level.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music Education (MUED), Music in Worship (MUWO), Music (MUSC), Music (MUWM), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Performance (MUPR); and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $135.

Basic vocal training.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $97.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $97.

Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major.
Prerequisites: MUSC 100 or test score.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $135.

Keyboard technique and literature for the non-keyboard major.
Prerequisites: MUSC 118 or test score.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $135.

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.
Restrictions: Must be Music Department; and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Half hour lesson $356.

Ensemble Courses

See catalog for details.