This concentration includes study in general musicianship, worship theology, music education, and performance proficiency. Every music major selects either a Church Music or Music Education concentration and a musical proficiency in voice, piano, or another instrument of choice.

The Church Music concentration focuses on theology, ministry leadership, musicianship, and the organizational skills needed for music ministry. Once accepted into West Coast Baptist College, prospective music students must submit a video audition and a music teacher’s/music pastor’s reference for admission to the Music Program.

College Experience

Students studying church music have many opportunities to develop and use their abilities for Christ throughout their college experience. These opportunities include assisting in music for weekly chapel services, singing or playing in the West Coast Choir & Orchestra, observing first-hand the dynamic music ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church, serving on summer singing teams, and much more.

Key Faculty

Alis Odenthal

Instructor—Music

Alis Odenthal earned degrees in Music, Voice and Musicology from the University of...

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Daniel Hopkins

Instructor—Music

Daniel Hopkins teaches music classes and lessons at West Coast Baptist College and is...

John Tyler

Chairman of Music Department

John Tyler graduated from West Coast Baptist College in 2011 and immediately began...

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Joanna Rajaratnam

Instructor—Music

Interesting Classes I Will Take

Course ID
Credit Hours

MUPT 201

2.0 Theology of Worship

God is seeking those who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. This...

MU 223

1.0 Music Technology

Sight singing, aural training, dictation, rhythm, and keyboard skills coordinated...

MU 315

2.0 Choral Conducting 1

This course explores the essentials of choral rehearsals and performance,...

MU 121

3.0 Music Theory 1

This course is a study of the scales, diatonic chords, part writing, music typesetting...

MU 302

2.0 History of Western Music

This course is a survey of the major historical trends that have...

MU 481

4.0 Church Music Seminar 1

This course is a capstone course covering a variety of topics related...

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Course of Study

Course ID
Credit Hours

AP 101

3.0 Apologetics

This course is designed to give the student a system of principles to defend his faith, as...

AP 401

3.0 Contemporary Theology

This course provides a look at the various positions today, from...

BI 101

3.0 Old Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire Old Testament. Special emphasis is placed...

BI 102

3.0 New Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed...

BI 201

3.0 Life of Christ

This course is an in-depth look at the harmonizing of the Gospels. It looks at the major...

BI 231

2.0 Intro. to Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a theological system borne out of the...

BI 291

2.0 Methodical Bible Studies

This course will help the student develop sound Bible study...

BI 361

3.0 Theology 1

This course is an in-depth study of Bibliology and Theology.

BI 362

3.0 Theology 2

This course is an in-depth study of Christology and Pneumatology.

BI 363

3.0 Theology 3

This course is an in-depth study of Hamartiology, Anthropology, and Soteriology.

BI 364

3.0 Theology 4

This course is an in-depth study of Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology.

BI 401

3.0 Baptist History and Distinctives

This course will survey the history of Baptist...

CS 101

2.0 Computer Applications

This course is required for all students in the undergraduate program...

BI 212

2.0 Romans

This course will be an expository study of both the book as well as its applications to the doctrines...

MU 105

1.0 Music Notation

An introduction to the principles of notation (including a brief history of the...

MU 108

1.0 College Choir

This class prepares music for special events at the college as well as for church...

MU 121

3.0 Music Theory 1

This course is a study of the scales, diatonic chords, part writing, music typesetting...

MU 131

3.0 Music Theory 2

A continuation of Music Theory 1, this course introduces a more detailed study of...

MU 402

2.0 Philosophy of Church Music

Music is possibly one of the most controversial topics among...

MU 401

2.0 Hymnology

The course begins with demonstrating the use of literary analysis in the interpretation of hymn...

HI 284

3.0 U.S. History 2

This course is a continuation of HI 283, and it examines the development of the United...

MI 101

2.0 Introduction to Missions

This course is an introduction to missions, to its biblical basis,...

EN 102

3.0 Grammar and Composition 2

This course is designed to develop and enhance the student'...

MU 123

1.0 Sight Singing and Ear Training 1

Sight singing, aural training, dictation, rhythm,...

MU 133

1.0 Sight Singing and Ear Training 2

A continuation of MU 123.

HI 283

3.0 U.S. History 1

This course examines the development of the United States from the colonial period...

MU 302

2.0 History of Western Music

This course is a survey of the major historical trends that have...

MU 150

1.0 Voice Class

Group work in the fundamentals of good singing, including breathing and posture, tone,...

EN 101

3.0 Grammar and Composition 1

This course teaches English grammar and foundational writing...

MU 221

3.0 Music Theory 3

A continuation of Music Theory 2, this course continues a study of music theory from...

MU 231

3.0 Music Theory 4

A continuation of Music Theory 3, this course covers advanced work in part writing,...

MU 333

1.0 Church Music Administration

The important role of the music director will be studied....

MU 315

2.0 Choral Conducting 1

This course explores the essentials of choral rehearsals and performance,...

MU 316

2.0 Choral Conducting 2

This course builds upon knowledge learned in MU 412.

MU 421

1.0 Private Lessons

Lessons will be tailored to the individual ability of the student.

OR 101

2.0 Principles of Christian Living

This course is a class required for all freshmen as they...

PT 100

1.0 Practical Theology

This course is taught by Dr. Paul Chappell to equip young men for the work of...

PT 111

2.0 Personal Evangelism

This course is designed to help the individual student be an effective...

MU 233

1.0 Keyboard Harmony

A continuation of MU 223.

MU 223

1.0 Music Technology

Sight singing, aural training, dictation, rhythm, and keyboard skills coordinated...

MU 368

2.0 Teaching Elementary Music

This course is designed to help students learn principles of...

SPCH 101

2.0 Freshman Speech

This course is designed to give the student the skills needed to properly prepare...

MU 202

2.0 Survey of Music History

Developing listening skills and a basic understanding of Western music...

MU 481

4.0 Church Music Seminar 1

This course is a capstone course covering a variety of topics related...

MU 482

4.0 Church Music Seminar 2

This is a continuation of MU 481.

MU 491

3.0 Music Education Seminar 1

This course is a capstone course covering a variety of topics...

MU 492

3.0 Music Education Seminar 2

This is a continuation of MU 491

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