Music Performance – Contemporary

Bachelor of Science 129 credits

Editors Pick Award - Worship Leader Magazine Best of 2014The major in Music Performance is designed to prepare the student for a career as a musical artist. Skills developed in the program will be based on the student’s career goals and objectives. Instruction is available in both classical and sacred music as well as vocal and instrumental proficiency.

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  1. Students will communicate competently using musical vocabulary through both writing and speech.
  2. Students will search for information in a variety of formats and evaluate the quality, appropriateness, and application of that information to problem solving within the discipline of music and for continued professional development.
  3. Students will manage individual and group relationships at the personal and professional level, including conflict resolution.
  4. Students will articulate a theology of worship and exhibit elements of a Christian lifestyle.
  5. Students will display competence in vocal, keyboard, or instrumental music performance.

The Music Performance program requires the successful completion of an audition by the end of the second semester of study. In addition, students must pass the music placement exam. A student with musical deficiencies may need to enroll in courses which do not count toward general education credits needed for graduation.

Recital Performance and Attendance
Students in the Music Performance program are required to perform in a recital on their primary instrument each semester. In addition, attendance at one off-campus classical recital or concert each semester is also required.

Music Department Handbook
The Music Department Handbook outlines additional requirements, policies and procedures. Music students are expected to be knowledgeable of this handbook and are held accountable for the information it contains. The handbook is available through the Music Office.

Course Code
Course Name
9 cr
6 cr
3 cr
History, Culture or Society Course
6 cr
Literature Course
3 cr
Math Course
3 cr
Activity Course
1 cr
Science Course
3 cr
62 credits
Course Code
Course Name
MUS 010
Recital Hour(required each semester)
0 cr
MUS 600’s
Applied Music Lessons
(Primary Instrument)
12 cr
MUS 600’s
Applied Music Lessons
(Secondary Instrument)
4 cr
MUS 700’s
Primary Ensembles
4 cr
MUS 700’s
Secondary Ensembles
2 cr
67 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Course Requirements

BIB 103 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and intro-dukes the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credit

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233 Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credit

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

BUS 200 Explorations in Business 3 credits

An introduction to functions of business, including business organization and accounting, management of financial resources, management of human resources, marketing of goods and services, and principles of economic decision making. Open to all students.

DIG 251 Introduction to Presentation Graphics 1 credit

An introduction to creation, formatting, and real-time implementation of presentation graphics. Students will learn the basics of presentation design, procedures in digital presentation software programs, and techniques for presenting visual stories.

MTN 111 Basic Audio Reinforcement 1 credit

A basic overview of pro audio equipment and their relative application in the church. Students will assemble, mix, troubleshoot and breakdown various systems found in ministry today.
Music technology minors may test out of this class.

MTN 123 Introduction to Music Technology 1 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of computer-based sequencing, notation, recording and editing along with their applications in the music industry. In addition, rudimentary sound reinforcement concepts will be explored. Students have the option to test out of this class.

MTN 423 Multi-Track Recording3 credits

A continuation of techniques introduced in Multi-Track Recording I. Emphasis will be placed on advanced micing, processing, and mixing techniques. Students will record live and studio sessions and will produce a “demo” CD. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience. Prerequisite: MTN 263.

MUS 141 Aural Skills I 1 credit

A course designed to develop sight-singing as well as melodic, rhythmic and harmonic dictation.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 143. Prerequisite: Passing score on music placement exam.

MUS 143 Music Theory I 3 credits

A course designed to give the student a theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of music. Scales, key signatures, intervals, rhythm, triads, and diatonic harmony are studied. Emphasis is placed on four-part choral style writing. A study of the harmonic, melodic, and formal elements of music.
Prerequisite: MUS 142 and/or pass music placement exam.

MUS 151 Aural Skills II 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills I.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 153. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or pass a placement exam.

MUS 153 Music Theory II 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory I with emphasis on harmonic progression, triads in inversion, musical form, non-chord tones, and seventh chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 143.

MUS 221 Aural Skills III 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills II.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 223. Prerequisite: Aural Skills II or pass a placement exam.

MUS 223 Music Theory III 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory II with emphasis on secondary dominant chords, modulation, binary and ternary forms, borrowed chords, and augmented sixth chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 153.

MUS 231 Aural Skills IV 1 credit

A continuation of Aural Skills III.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 233. Prerequisite: Aural Skills III or pass a placement exam.

MUS 233 Music Theory IV 3 credits

A continuation of Music Theory III with emphasis on advanced chromatic harmony, late nineteenth-and twentieth-century practices, musical form, and counterpoint.
Prerequisite: MUS 223.

MUS 310 Piano Proficiency 0 credits

Required of all Music concentration students as well as music minors. All sections of the piano proficiency exam must be passed by the end of the junior year. See Music Department Handbook for details.

MUS 313 Music History I 3 credits

Studies of the periods and styles of music in theory, form, performance and practice. Important people, places and events that effect the development of church music will be discussed. Historical influences and important events of church music history will be surveyed. Covers the period from antiquity through the Baroque. Attention will be given to church masters.

MUS 320 Junior Recital 0 credits

A junior-level project required of students enrolled in the contemporary track of the Music Performance degree. The recital will consist of at least 45 minutes of contemporary Christian music and will feature the student as soloist.

MUS 323 Music History II 3 credits

A continuation of Music History I The Classic, Ro- mantic and Modern periods will be studied. The major composers, forms, and styles of music from 1750 to the present will be emphasized. Specific attention will be given to church music masters.

MUS 342 Basic Conducting 2 credits

A course designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of conducting. Beat patterns, entrances and releases, cueing, score preparation and rehearsing will be covered.
Prerequisite: MUS 153.

MUS 403Songwriting3 credits

A course designed to introduce the techniques of writ- ing worship choruses. The class will emphasize the development of melodic ideas, crafting song sections that combine into a unified whole, formal structure, harmonic progressions, and writing lyrics based on sound biblical theology.

MUS 410 Senior Recital 0 credits

A senior project consisting of a performance of at least 50 minutes of music. Students in Church Music will perform a 30-minute recital on their primary instrument and a 20-minute conducting recital. Students in Music Performance will present a 50-minute recital entirely on their primary applied instrument, emphasizing classical music literature from all periods of music history.

MUS 411 Seminar in Contemporary Music 2 credits

A seminar course that explores topics including: concert promotion, booking, developing the concert program, and stage presence, as well as Web commerce and ministry organization finances.
Prerequisite: MUS 231, 233.

MUS 412 Songwriting and Arranging 3 credits

A course in creative musical composition and arranging. Students will apply their musical knowledge in a variety of creative writing assignments, including songwriting and orchestration. Required for Church Music majors and Music Performance majors.
Prerequisite: MUS 233.

MUS 482 Music Ethics 2 credits

Ethical responsibilities of the musician in Contemporary Christian Music will be covered. Music philosophy, contracts, and Copyright Law will also be explored.
Prerequisite: MUS 231, 233.

THE 313 A Biblical Theology of Worship 3 credit

Introduction to the biblical basis of worship, a practical application of worship leading skills and the discussion and practice of hymn, choral, and chorus selections. The role of corporate worship in relation to preaching and the larger ministry of the church, with congregational response, will be explored.