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 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 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 250 2


This course covers the practical performance of rhythm with the triple-action counting method, rhythmic dictation, the structure of the Western rhythmic system, and an introduction to rhythmic grouping.

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 304 2

Piano Accompaniment

This course is a skills-based class that will focus on the discipline of piano collaboration. Areas covered in the lectures and practiced as assignments will cover playing for solo musicians, small ensembles, large ensembles, congregations, and piano duets and duos. General piano skills, such as on-sight rhythm recognition, sight-reading, reading in different clefs, playing various combinations of parts in a vocal ensemble setting, and transposition will be addressed and practiced on a weekly basis.

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 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 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 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 421 1

Private Lessons

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

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