Church Music | West Coast Baptist College

Church Music

Students taking a Music proficiency may choose between Music Administration or Music Education. In both proficiencies, students will study music theory, conducting, philosophy, and an applied area. In the administration proficiency, students will also learn administrative and practical skills necessary for leading a church music ministry.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
MU 121 3

Music Theory 1

This course is a study of the scales, diatonic chords, part writing, music typesetting, and arranging structured in a way to reflect the unique needs of church musicians. Students must demonstrate the ability to compose an original gospel song in the 19th-century style.

MU 123 1

Sight Singing and Ear Training 1

Sight singing, aural training, dictation, rhythm, and keyboard skills coordinated with the curriculum of Music Theory 1.

MU 131 3

Music Theory 2

A continuation of Music Theory 1, this course introduces a more detailed study of harmony, writing piano accompaniments, and an introduction to the ambiguities of analytical systems.

MU 133 1

Sight Singing and Ear Training 2

A continuation of MU 123.

MU 202 2

Survey of Music History

Developing listening skills and a basic understanding of Western music through the study of music literature. Students will be introduced to the basic instruments, structures, forms, and composers from the major style periods, with emphasis on the music from 1700-1950.

MU 315 2

Choral Conducting 1

This course explores the essentials of choral rehearsals and performance, the role of the conductor in achieving these goals, and the effective use of gestures and conducting patterns.

MU 333 1

Church Music Administration

The important role of the music director will be studied. Every aspect of music ministry will be covered from choir attendance, to effective choir rehearsals, to pastoring your choir. Starting a choir and preparing seasonal musicals will also be covered.

MU 371 2


Students in the music department are required to participate in a performing group every semester during their studies. The student may choose to continue with the West Coast Choir and Orchestra to fulfill this credit. Otherwise, the student will be assigned with a performance group that will meet throughout the semester for rehearsal, development, and performance. Admission to this course is at the discretion of the Music Department.

MU 401 2

Sacred Music Literature

This course is designed to expose students to the variety of genres related to “sacred” music history. While not occupying too much time on historical events, this course will examine historical musical pieces from the early church to the present. The main activities will be musical listening, analysis and function for worship.

MU 402 2

Philosophy of Church Music

Music is possibly one of the most controversial topics among Christians today. The church music director must be equipped with Bible principles and an understanding of the value and effects of music in the believer's life and the life of the church. As the result of taking this class, successful students will be able to analyze current philosophical arguments, formulate a church music philosophy and defend it biblically and logically in written and oral formats.

MU 420 2

Choral Arranging

A study of two-, three-, and four-part choral writing, effective use of vocal spacing, keyboard accompaniments, and formal structures that are useful for arranging church music.

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