Summer Residency Dates 2017: July 10 - July 28

The Master of Church Music Program is designed to sharpen the skills of Christian musicians. Church pianists, choir directors, and music teachers in the Christian school will benefit from an educational program that is both practical and professional. In addition to receiving a solid academic education, participants will be able to observe firsthand the music program of Lancaster Baptist Church. This master’s program requires three summers of residency (three weeks each summer) and the completion of specified online courses between summers.

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College Experience

The three-week intensive structure allows for music leaders to come apart, sharpen their skills, and immediately put their learning to practice upon returning to serve in their ministry throughout the year.

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Key Faculty

Alis Odenthal

Instructor—Music

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

John Tyler

Chairman of Music Department

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

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Julie Edwards

Instructor—Music Masters

Julie Edwards teaches courses in the Summer Music Masters program. Ms. Edwards has...

Dr. Russell Shelley

Residency Director

Russ Shelley began teaching in the West Coast Baptist College master's program in 2011...

Interesting Classes I Will Take

Course ID
Credit Hours

MU 510

2.0 Choral Conducting and Methods

One of the most common responsibilities of the church...

MU 550, 551, 552

2.0 Proficiency Master Class

Every student will benefit from a master class in piano, voice, or...

MU 511

2.0 Vocal Technique

The church music director often works with inexperienced and untrained singers. In...

MU 501

2.0 Graduate Music Theory

This course focuses on detailed analysis of individual aspects of music...

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Course of Study

Course ID
Credit Hours

MBI 503

3.0 Advanced Hermeneutics

This course builds upon information gleaned either through observation,...

MCE 542

3.0 Philosophy of Christian Education

This course is designed to introduce the master...

MU 501

2.0 Graduate Music Theory

This course focuses on detailed analysis of individual aspects of music...

MU 502

2.0 Graduate Music History

This course will review the major historical eras and composers of...

MU 510

2.0 Choral Conducting and Methods

One of the most common responsibilities of the church...

MU 511

2.0 Vocal Technique

The church music director often works with inexperienced and untrained singers. In...

MU 521

2.0 Philosophy of Music

A consideration of musical structure, the nature of definitions, and biblical...

MU 531

1.0 Elementary Music Methods

The Christian school music program is often listed among the...

MU 550, 551, 552

2.0 Proficiency Master Class

Every student will benefit from a master class in piano, voice, or...

MRW 501

3.0 Research and Writing

This course is designed to equip the student with the ability to research...

PT 510

3.0 Strategic Management and Project Planning

This course focuses on the...

PT 512

3.0 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

This course explores the process of...

MU 533

2.0 Instrumental Music Methods

This course will provide an overview of orchestral instrument...