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The program in Worship Leading is designed to prepare students to become contemporary worship leaders. Students will develop a variety of related skills to support the ministry of leading worship. These include developing proficiencies in voice, piano, guitar, songwriting, arranging, leading worship choirs, and technology for worship. Additionally, students will have a strong biblical and theological understanding of the role of worship.
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An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113
A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.
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.
An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.
A study of the hymnody of the Christian Church. The history of text and tune from the New Testament times to the present day will be studied. Criteria for the evaluation of hymns, ideas for their use, and theological aspects of hymnody also will be included.
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.
A course designed as a continuation of Worship Lead- ing Seminar I. Students will plan and lead worship at least five times in a variety of settings during the se- mester. Additionally, students will develop rehearsal techniques and continue to hone practical skills. Advanced music knowledge and experience is required. Students must be matriculated Church Music majors to register for this course. Class meets once per week and should be taken during the junior year.
Prerequisite: CHM 441.
A course designed as a continuation of Worship Leading Seminar II. Students will plan and lead worship at least five times in a variety of settings during the semester. At this level, the instructor will work with the student to strengthen specific skills. At the end of this course, the student will have a digital portfolio that demonstrates worship leading skills. Advanced music knowledge and experience is required. Students must be matriculated Church Music Majors to register for this course. Class meets once per week and should be taken during the senior year.
Prerequisite: CHM 442.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A continuation of Aural Skills I. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 153. Prerequisite: MUS 141 or pass a placement exam.
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.
An introduction to the fundamentals of playing acoustic guitar for worship. Basic techniques of playing chords, chord voicing, strumming, and fingerpicking will be explored.
This class is designed to refine the techniques introduced in Guitar Class I, with an emphasis on applying those techniques in the context of worship choruses. Students will continue to develop their skills by playing the most common chords and chord progressions with rhythmic stability.
A continuation of Aural Skills II.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 223. Prerequisite: Aural Skills II or pass a placement exam.
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.
A continuation of Aural Skills III.
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 233. Prerequisite: Aural Skills III or pass a placement exam.
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.
A course designed for worship leaders to explore the unique roles and features of the various instruments in the rhythm section of a worship band. An emphasis will be placed on how to communicate with the instrumentalists by using appropriate musical terminology.
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.
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.
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.
A course designed to give the student an opportunity to select, rehearse and conduct choral or instrumental works under the supervision of a faculty member. Emphasis will be placed on rehearsal organization and administration. This lab is required for all students in the Church Music program.
Class meets once per week. Lab fee $25.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 4 to 15 weeks. An internship must be for at least 1 credit hour but can be expanded for up to 3 credit hours. A comprehensive journal is required that addresses
the student’s activities during the internship and issues of development in their area of ministry. Written evaluations are required by the intern and the on-site supervisor. Internships are tailored in conjunction with the student’s focus of development and future ministry plans.
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.
The University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50+ undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.
University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50+ undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.