Music Production

Bachelor of Arts 126 Credits

Editors Pick Award - Worship Leader Magazine Best of 2014The program in Church Music is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in church ministry, church music, and worship.

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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 production.
  3. Students will manage individual and group relationships at the personal and professional level, including conflict resolution.
  4. Students will define and articulate a personal theology of service and leaderships that incorporates faith and a Christian worldview with their commitment to music production.
  5. Students will display a competence in vocal, keyboard or instrumental music performance in addition to music production techniques.
Course Code
Course Name
9 cr
2 cr
Elective Courses
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
64 credits

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

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Core 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.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History  3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individual, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, Imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.

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.

CHM 441 Worship Leading Seminar I .5 credits

A course designed for students to learn the practical aspects of leading worship. Students will lead worship at least five times in a variety of settings during the semester. Each worship experience will be recorded and reviewed by the instructor and the class. Course is designed for beginning worship leaders and meets once per week. This class should be taken during the sophomore year.

COM 301 Freelancing and Shameless Self-Promotion 3 credits

This course covers topics in freelancing, starting a business, branding, and social media marketing. Featuring a skill-building approach to course topics, this course equips students to start and publicize their own business using available tools and techniques. Students will learn to establish their personal businesses ethically and legally.
Prerequisites: COM 136 and COM 143. Junior rank or higher.

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 233 Principles of Audio Technology3 credits

Systems analysis of contemporary recording and reinforcement technology. Analysis of audio signals including time, frequency and decibels, fundamentals of analog and digital audio applications.

MTN 253Modern Music Production Techniques3 credits

A study of music production using historical, traditional, and current practices. Students will spend extensive time with current software including Reason, Logic and Pro tools.
Prerequisite: MTN 263.

MTN 263 Digital Audio 3 credits

Introduction to digital audio production. Intensive, practical experience in planning, coordinating, directing and producing various audio productions for broadcast. Review of sound design principles and recording techniques for multi-track production in all media production settings. Students learn the functioning and operation of basic digital audio workstations, digital and analog tape recorders, microphones, mixing consoles, signal processors and loudspeakers as well as rudimentary acoustical physics. Considerable time is also spent on critical listening skills and design aesthetics.

MTN 213 Sound Reinforcement Systems 3 credits

A survey of the wide array of equipment and their application to live sound reinforcement and live recording. Emphasis will also be placed on commonly encountered acoustical problems and techniques to neutralize them. Students will have hands-on experience in live concert settings.
Prerequisite: MTN 233 or permission of Instructor.

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.

MTN 463 Mixing/Post-Production 3 credits

A course designed to introduce the student to the final stages of the recording process. Emphasis will be placed on manual mixing, automation, mastering, and reproduction.
Prerequisite: MTN 423.

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 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 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 403Songwriting 3 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 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 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.

MUS 631-2 Applied Piano 1-2 credits

Offered at all levels of instruction. Literature is chosen from standard works for piano according to the student’s ability.
Prerequisite: MUS 622 or piano proficiency audition. Please see Other Charges (page 20) for fee information.

MUS 651-2 Applied Voice 1-2 credits

Instruction in understanding the singing voice and establishing a sound vocal technique. Literature studied will include a standard vocal repertoire in English and foreign languages as well as hymns and gospel songs.
Prerequisite: MUS 611 or voice proficiency audition and MUS 631 or music reading audition. Please see Other Charges (page 20) for fee information.

MUS 661-2 Applied Instrumental 1-2 credits

Instruction Instruction in non-keyboard instruments as appropriate instructors are available. Please see Other Charges (page 20) for fee information.

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.