Worship Studies Major

Semester by Semester Plans

The world and work of church music is diverse and rapidly changing, and we strive to provide students the opportunity to broaden their experiences in preparation for this field. The Worship Studies major is a program designed to provide a wide range of opportunities for students to develop:
• Scripturally-based philosophies of worship and ministry;
• musical skills and performance abilities that will facilitate professional worship leadership opportunities in the current worship environment and in worship culture in the years and decades from now;
• a solid foundation of musicianship skills that will serve the professional musician/worship leader throughout his or her career;
• a pattern of personal habits that will foster a lifetime of spiritual growth;
• a heart for ministry and service to others through music ministry and worship leadership as well as the broader aspects to servant-minded ministry
Since many young students who hear God's call to ministry are gifted musically, yet unsure how that call will materialize into long-term vocational plans, the Worship Studies major is designed to provide not only a strong musical foundation, but a strong ministry foundation as well. Students are assigned faculty advisors who will mentor them, inform them of the professional opportunities that are available to them, and guide them through the academic process and vocational search process as well.


General Education Requirements (33)
English 1301, 1302, and three hours from sophomore literature    (9)
Religion 1320 and 1330    (6)
History 1301 or 1302    (3)
Political Science 2305   (3)
Physical Activity – KINE 1238    (2)
Science (must be lab science)    (4)
Mathematics 1300, 1342, 1314, 1316, 2301, or 2313    (3)
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318    (3)
Major Area of Study (see below) 79
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Worship Studies Requirements
Completion of seventy-nine (79) semester hours
     Basic Musicianship Requirements (31 semester hours)
MUSI 1000 Recital (six (6) semesters)
MUSI 1128, 1129 Aural Skills I, II (replaces MUSI 1116, 1117)
MUSI 1308, 1309 Music Theory I, II (replaces MUSI 1311, 1312)
MUSI 2113, 2114 Modern Musicianship I, II Lab (replaces MUSI 2116, 2117)
MUSI 2313, 2314 Modern Musicianship I, II (replaces MUSI 2312, 3303)
MUSI 2201 Survey of Western Music (replaces MUSI 3312)
MUSI 3107 Music Technology (new course)
MUSI 3108 World Music (new course)
MUSI 3201 Conducting
MUSI 3316 Songwriting (replaces 3212)
MUSI 4301, 4302 Music History I, II
Applied Study/Performance (22 semester hours)
Applied Concentration (twelve (12) semester hours)
Junior Recital (MUSI 3030, 3031, 3040, or 3051)
Secondary Performance Study (three (3) semester hours)
Music Laboratory (performance ensembles for seven (7) semester hours)

Worship Studies (26 semester hours)
COMM 2310 Audio Production (existing course not currently required)
COMM/MUSI 3315 Worship Media & Technology (existing course not currently required, now upper level)
MUSI 3313 Leading Worship (existing course not currently required, now upper level)
MUSI 3314 Planning Worship (existing course not currently required, now upper level)
MUSI 3360 The Worship of God
MUSI 3361 Worship Music
MUSI 4150 Practicum for Music Ministry I
MUSI 4151 Practicum for Music Ministry II (replaces 4250, the same course, reduced by 1 credit hour)
RLGN 1340 The Calling and Practice of Ministry (existing course not currently required.
RLGN 4306 Leadership and Discipleship in the Church (existing course listed as a department requirement)

Department Recommendations
BUAD 3316 Social Media for Business Applications
COMM 2308 Digital Design and Production
COMM 2311 Video Production
FINA 3210 Practical Financial Management
RLGN 4303 Christian Servant Leadership
THEA 2322 Stagecraft II: Lighting and Sound
A complete description of Music Majors and Minors and course descriptions are available online in the current ETBU catalog.

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