The Bachelor of Arts in Worship major equips students to skillfully plan, prepare, and lead excellent worship services that are Christ-centered, biblically and theologically grounded, historically informed, and reflective of the cultural and generational diversity of the church body. The program hones musical skills that are most commonly used in contemporary evangelical corporate worship services today and prepares graduates to meet the changing needs and conditions they will find throughout their lifetime of service to the local church. 

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music will be able to:

  • describe the biblical profile of a qualified ministry leader, and will have demonstrated progress toward that goal in their personal maturation, relationships, leadership responsibilities, and studies
  • interact in a relationship-based ministry which models and empowers discipleship, service to the local church, and stewardship of musical talents.
  • demonstrate musical skills on multiple instruments, including basic guitar or keyboard, vocal, and technical proficiencies
  • exhibit aural and written music skills necessary for creating music with and communicating about music with lay musicians in a local church context
  • communicate theologically and musically in culturally and generationally diverse ways with excellence, employing a theology of worship that is thoughtfully formulated and grounded in biblical and aesthetic integrity
  • skillfully plan, rehearse, and lead Christ-centered, historically informed, biblical worship services using contemporary technology and instruments

Graduation Requirements

In addition to fulfilling all college graduation requirements, BA degree requirements, and major course requirements, in order to graduate with a major in Worship, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Perform an audition on voice and piano or guitar, complete a personal statement, and submit a pastoral reference in order to pass a review conducted at the end of the second semester of full-time study.
  2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all courses with the prefixes MUW, MUH, MUT, MUW, or WOR (whether required or elective).
  3. Enroll in the below-listed ensemble courses (totaling 8 semesters), achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for ensemble participation. Ensemble participation should generally include both fall and spring semesters of a given academic year (and ensemble directors may require this). 
    • MUZ 220 Contemporary Worship Ensemble (2 semesters)
    • MUZ 270 Concert Choir, MUZ 280 Symphonic Band, or MUZ 290 Trinity Community Philharmonic Orchestra (2 semesters)
    • MUZ 295 Gospel Choir, MUZ 285 Jazz Ensemble, or MUZ 210-xx World Music Ensemble (2 semesters)
    • Additional participation in any of the above-listed ensembles (2 semesters)
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in voice, keyboard or guitar, and technology as stipulated by the Department. (Note that while performance classes and/or private lessons help prepare students to demonstrate these proficiencies, completion of minimal course requirements does not in itself insure that students will meet the level(s) of proficiency required.)
  5. Participate actively in Worship Workshop each semester as scheduled by the department. 
Required Courses
WOR 111Introduction to Worship Studies1
WOR 121Introduction to Technology in Worship2
MUT 101Elements of Music3
MUT 121Music Theory in Contemporary Practice3
MUT 122Aural Skills I1
CM 172Introduction to Ministry3
Select one of the following:3
Comparative Arts
Introduction Music History and Literature
MUH 221History of American Popular Music3
MUH 211Survey of World Music3
BRS 331Christian Doctrine3
CM 260Introduction to Intercultural Ministry3
MUT 332Songwriting and Arranging3
MUW 335Musicianship for Worship3
Select one of the following:3
Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit Financial Management
Select one of the following:3
Relational Skills for Ministry
Leadership Dynamics
Emerging Leadership I
and
Emerging Leadership II
Select one of the following:3
Speech
Teaching the Bible
Introduction to Preaching
MUW 450Church Music Internship3
WOR 437XMusic in Worship3
WOR 438Worship Planning3
WOR 499Senior Seminar in Worship Studies1
Select one of the following:1
Private Lessons: Guitar (Select one of the following:)
Class Guitar
Select one of the following:1
Private Lessons: Piano
Keyboard Skills I
Select one of the following:1
Private Lessons: Voice
Class Voice
MUZ 250-259, MUZ 350-359, MUZ 450-459 Advanced-Level Private Lessons4
Select the following (two times--i.e., two semesters):0
Contemporary Worship Ensemble
Select one of the following (two times--i.e., two semesters):0
Concert Choir
Symphonic Band
Orchestra
Select one of the following (two times--i.e., two semesters):0
Music Ensemble
Vocal Performance Workshop
Jazz Ensemble
Total Hours60
Strongly Suggested
MUE 331Basic Conducting3
MUT 363Instrumentation and Orchestration3