The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Worship Arts is offered for the purpose of training qualified students whose career goals include church music, worship arts, teaching, and performance. A broad and thorough foundation is provided in music theory, music history, and literature. Church music and worship arts directorship, leadership, and ministry are stressed through a sequence of appropriate courses. Artistic competence and skills are stressed in the applied areas of voice, keyboard, and other instrument of choice, commensurate with student interest and ability. Aside from completing 69 hours of music core classes, students choose a ministry or arts concentration.
The Music Department shares Emmanuel College’s commitment to a Christian liberal arts education, and functions as an integral part of that commitment: to enrich the cultural experiences of the general student body, and to prepare music students for the professional practice of music in worship, teaching, and performance. We are committed to develop musicians who possess knowledge, skills, and competence in the field.
Music and Worship Arts program graduates should be able to:
1. Understand theoretical functions, historical importance, and mechanics of music and their impact on the Christian church.
2. Understand the characteristics of tone production, expressiveness, articulation, various styles and practice of one’s major applied music concentration and competence in one’s minor instruments.
3. Plan and administer an effective full-time music and worship arts program and its components, including supervision and maintenance of an adequate church music library.
4. Plan and accurately lead meaningful, Christ-honoring worship, which is thematic and Scripture-based.
5. Plan for, train, rehearse, and implement graded choirs, handbells, praise teams, instrumentalists, and various small ensembles in regular worship and special events.
6. Embrace a servant mentality by working effectively with a pastoral team in planning worship and ministering in other areas as needed.
7. Understand the diverse functions of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in worship and usage of same effectively and appropriately in a variety of worship styles, including non-Western elements in the context of culturally diverse worship.
8. Understand and use music and worship arts successfully in contemporary worship services.
9. Create, successfully implement, and work within the church music budget.
10. Understand and use appropriate technology in worship services.
1. Students must complete an application for admission to the major.
2. Students entering the program must have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.00.
3. An audition and admission interview with the music faculty will be scheduled prior to the first semester registration. Students entering the program must pass the entrance audition, demonstrating acceptable levels of proficiency on their chosen instruments, e.g. performing pitches and rhythms accurately.
Early audition during the senior year of high school is preferable. However, placement interviews and auditions will be held during New Student Orientation when arranged with the music faculty in advance. For specific information concerning interviews, auditions, repertoire, scholarships, or departmental requirements, contact the Music Faculty at the college telephone numbers.
Students who wish to audition for a music scholarship must complete the audition by March 1 to be considered for the fall semester. Contact the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.
4. Students not meeting the minimum standards of proficiency will be allowed to enter the program as a music minor. At the end of two semesters, students will be re-evaluated as to their progress in music theory and applied music. If an acceptable level of proficiency has been reached, the student will be admitted into the program as a music major. If not admitted, the student may remain as a music minor only.
1. Complete and pass an audition in the primary applied music areas, for the purpose of classification.
2. Take a written placement test in music theory. Any student scoring below 75% will be required to enroll in MU 140I (Music Theory I Intensive).
3. Maintain an average grade of B in each major applied music course and a minimum grade of C in all other music courses.
4. Perform in Music Seminars and Department Recitals as scheduled.
5. Perform a final exam jury in each applied music course for which the student has registered.
Completion of required courses in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a minimum of 120 hours, depending on the particular emphasis, will qualify a student for graduation. Completion of required courses in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Church Music and a minimum of 125 hours will qualify a student for graduation. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required.
The keyboard proficiency examination is a part of a continuing effort to prepare our graduates for their respective careers in the best and most thorough manner possible. It is included in the program because the development of basic keyboard skills is considered essential to success in all musical careers. Students should be able to demonstrate facility in the following areas: sight-reading, technique (scales, arpeggios & chord progressions), transposition, harmonization of a melody and score reading. The music faculty recommends that the keyboard proficiency exam be taken after four semesters of piano study. Satisfactory completion of this examination is required for graduation.
ADDITIONAL MUSIC REQUIREMENTS
MU 099 (Seminar) must be taken concurrently with every applied music course. Music Seminar, recital attendance, and recital performance are required of all Music Majors. The number of seminars and recitals is determined by the Music Faculty with regard to the number or required events and Cultural Awareness Concerts scheduled for the semester.
MUSIC AND WORSHIP ARTS MAJOR
BACHELOR OF ARTS
LIBERAL ARTS CORE
EN 101, 102 (Freshman Composition) 6 hrs.
CM 130 (Intro to Communication) 3 hrs.
Literature 3 hrs.
HU 200 (Art & Music Appreciation) 3 hrs.
Social and Behavioral Science
History 3 hrs.
PY 210 (General Psychology) 3 hrs.
Natural Sciences/Mathematical Reasoning
Science (Lab Course) 4 hrs.
Mathematics 3 hrs.
BI 300 (Gospel of John) 3 hrs.
TH 237 (Christian Ethics) 3 hrs.
~Arts Concentration Majors~
BI 111 (Biblical Literature & History 3 hrs.
BI 275 (Biblical Interpretation) 3 hrs.
~Ministry Concentration Majors~
BI 140 (Old Testament Survey) 3 hrs.
BI 141 (New Testament Survey) 3 hrs.
PE 105 (Total Fitness) 1 hr.
FS 101 (Freshman Seminar) 2 hrs.
SS 400 (Senior Seminar) 1 hr.
Total 44 hrs.
MAJOR LOWER AND UPPER LEVEL COURSES
Music Core Classes
MU 140, 141, 240 (Music Theory I, II, & III) 9 hrs.
MU 142, 143, 242 (Aural Skills I, II, & III) 3 hrs.
MU 220 (Music History I) 3 hrs.
MU 256 (Woodwind/String) OR
MU 296 (Brass/Percussion Techniques) 2 hrs.
MU 244 (Improvisation & Applied Theory) 3 hrs.
MU 236 (Worship Ministry) 3 hrs.
MU 236P (Worship Ministry Practicum) NC
MU 300 (World Music) 2 hrs.
MU 305 (Church Music History) 3 hrs.
MU 310 (Method/Materials Church Music I) 3 hrs.
MU 310P (Church Music I Practicum) NC
MU 345 (Arranging/Songwriting) 2 hrs.
MU 365 (Worship Leading Methods) 3 hrs.
MU 375 (Audio/Visual & Church Media) 3 hrs.
MU 385 (Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs) 2 hrs.
MU 410 (Methods/Materials Church Music II) 3 hrs.
MU 410P (Church Music II Practicum) NC
MU 450 (Church Music Administration) 3 hrs.
MU 490 (Church Music Internship) 6 hrs.
Major Instrument 6 hrs.
Minor Instrument 4 hrs.
Guitar 1 hr.
MU 099 (Music Seminar) NC
Large Ensemble (Chorale/Instrumental) 4 hrs.
MU 495 (Senior Recital/Project) 1 hr.
Ministry Core Classes
MN 101 (Christian Ministry) 3 hrs.
TH 260 (Church Doctrines) 3 hrs.
~Ministry Concentration Majors~
BI 275 (Biblical Interpretation) 3 hrs.
Ministry Electives: 6 hrs.
BI 215 (Pentateuch)
BI 232 (Acts)
BI 350 (Old Testament Prophets)
BI 390 (Life and Epistles of Paul) 3 hrs.
BI 422 (Jesus & the Synoptics)
HT 340 (Christianity & Pentecostalism)
MN 235 (Personal Evangelism)
MN 285 (Intro to Christian Education)
MN 315 (Communicating Scripture)
MN 361 (Church Leadership I)
MN 460 (Church Leadership II)
MN 470 (Pastoral Care & Counseling)
PY 410 (Spiritual Formation I)
OR ARTS CONCENTRATION
Arts Core Classes
Arts Electives 9 hrs.
CM 201 (Storytelling/Screenwriting)
EN 359 (Creative Writing)
HU 203 (Introduction to Acting)
HU 204 (Theatre Appreciation)
HU 303 (Intermediate Acting)
Total hours 128 hrs.