Music Education | West Coast Baptist College

Music Education

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 education proficiency, students will also learn pedagogical and practical skills necessary for teaching music in a Christian school setting.

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 Western Music

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 211 2

Christian School Music

A systematic approach to teaching music in the Christian school is covered. Students will learn activities, music notation and singing skills that should be taught at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. Several popular music teaching programs that are available today will be demonstrated and discussed.

MU 301 1

West Coast Choir and Orchestra

This class prepares music for special events at the college as well as for church services. The choir has the opportunity to sing on West Coast Baptist College recordings as well as tour and sing at other churches.

MU 310 2

Vocal Diction and Pedagogy

An introduction to the fundamentals of vocal/physical anatomy, acoustics, and diction, with an emphasis on materials, methods, and procedures used in teaching basic principles of vocal production for both individuals and groups. Course will include regular listening and singing exercises, readings, in-class demonstrations, and presentations. Students will observe voice classes and private lessons.

MU 315 2

Choral Conducting 1

This course introduces the student to the art and mechanics of choral conducting. The course explores the basic conducting patterns, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, musical terminology, expressive gestures, and score study. This course will develop important conducting techniques necessary for choir directors and congregational song leaders in local church ministry. Prerequisite: None

MU 371 1


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 402 2

Philosophy of Church Music

This course explores the biblical teachings about music and worship and equips the Christian leader with the critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills necessary to form a biblical philosophy of worship. Students will engage in a variety of readings and critiques as they explore difficult questions surrounding the topic of music and worship in the church music setting. Prerequisite: EN 102

MU 421 1

Private Lessons

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


Piano Performance Class (Private Piano Lessons)


Voice Performance Class (Private Voice Lessons)

Private voice lessons give students the opportunity to receive individual, personalized instruction in solo vocal performance. Half hour weekly lessons will include segments on scales and other exercises, breathing and posture, tone, pronunciation, repertoire, and music study and rehearsal skills. Students will demonstrate their progress with presentations during the Vocal Performance Class. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MU 150

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