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Overview

You worship God. Your love of God leads you to want to lead others to worship Him. You look for opportunities to participate in worship. You worship through singing and playing instruments. You worship in corporate, retreat, and private settings.

You feel the leadership of the Holy Spirit directing you to become a worship leader in a church setting. You feel led to assist children, young people, adults, and senior adults to worship God through music. You feel the desire to write music in order to lead others in worship. You want to lead others to discover their own creative ways to worship. You want to work with others to lead worship as a part of a team of leaders.

If this describes you, then the church music degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Music Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a worship leader.
 

Major Description 

 

As a church music major at NGU, you will spend much of your time studying music skills, developing your ability as a performer, participating in ensembles, attending worship experiences on and off campus, and developing your leadership skills. You will learn about music theory, church music history, leading a church in a comprehensive music program, conducting skills, and working on a church staff in a music leadership role, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own worship leadership.

By the completion of this degree, you will have participated in an off-campus practicum, working with a local church music worship leader. Ultimately, the church music degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of worship-related pursuits.

 

Curriculum

 

The Music Department at NGU offers professional degrees within a strong liberal arts setting, with bachelor's degrees in church music (praise and worship track and seminary track); music education; and music performance. In addition, the university offers the Bachelor of Arts in music, which has a large number of elective courses available to give the student freedom to explore other areas of interest.

As you continue through the program, you will find that the four components of theoretical skills, style recognition, basic keyboard proficiency, and performance proficiency are interrelated, working together to provide the experiences necessary for the development of effective musicians. Additional components are found in the specialized areas of church music, music education, and performance.
 

Faculty Strengths

 

Each Music Department faculty member holds a doctorate or terminal degree in a specialized medium of music; brings a unique set of musical experiences to the classroom; and encourages students to use their musical abilities to reflect the creativity of God.

Tracks/Concentrations

 

Electives

 

  • Principles of Evangelism
  • Introduction to Missions
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry

 

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Chaplain
  • Christian musician/Performer
  • Composer
  • Denominational worker
  • Minister of music
  • Music missionary
  • Teacher
  • Worship pastor

Postgraduate Studies

 

     

    Employers

     

    • Academy of Western Music
    • Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church
    • Elkin Valley Baptist Church
    • Providence Baptist Church
    • Second Baptist Church Lancaster
    • Sweetwater First Baptist Church
    • U.S. Army
    • West Gantt First Baptist Church


     

    Learning Experience



    Hands-On Experience

     

    Facilities

    The Hayes Fine Arts Center and Turner Chapel at NGU provide you with plenty of space to create and learn music skills. The Hayes Fine Arts Center has faculty studios, the Hamlin Recital Hall, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, Choral Room, and Music Technology Lab. The Instrumental Rehearsal Hall and Choral Room also serve as classrooms and practice facilities. Turner Chapel has 16 practice rooms, additional classrooms, a large performance hall, and a small ensemble rehearsal room. All of these are available even after hours for you to use.

    Performances

    The Music Department presents approximately 40 performances per academic year. These include chamber performances, student recitals, large ensemble performances, faculty and guest recitals, and student junior and senior recitals.

    Composition

    There are opportunities for composition with public premieres of composed works and helpful feedback as you grow as an artist.

    Work Study

    The Music Department offers you several work study opportunities that can include assisting ensemble conductors prepare for rehearsals and performances, assisting guest performers, and providing guidance for younger musicians.

    Musical Theatre

    As a music student, you also have the opportunity to take part in NGU's musical theatre productions. The Theatre Department normally produces two musical theatre productions each year, and non-majors are welcome to audition for various parts or participate in the orchestra.

    Other Bands

    NGU has a marching band during the fall semester and a pep band during the spring semester. You may want to be in one or both and receive a scholarship for your participation.
     

    Courses

    SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    Primary Instrument Lesson (4 hours)
    Secondary Instrument Lesson (2 hours)
    Music Theory (8 hours)
    Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
    Introduction to the History of Music and Art (3 hours)
    First Year Experience (1 hour)
    Ensembles (2 hours)
    Composition and Literature (6 hours)
    New Testament Survey (3 hours)

    *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
     

    SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    Primary Instrument Lesson (4 hours)
    Secondary Instrument Lesson (2 hours)
    Music Theory (8 hours)
    Basic Conducting (2 hours)
    Computer Tech for Musicians (3 hours)
    Congregational Song Literature (3 hours)
    Ensembles (2 hours)
    Principles of Evangelism, Introduction to Missions, or Introduction to Youth Ministry (3 hours)
    Biological science course (4 hours)
    Physical science course (4 hours)

    *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
     

    SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    Primary Instrument Lesson (2 hours)
    Development of Musical Styles: Before 1750 (2 hours)
    Development of Musical Styles: 1750 to the Late 19th Century (2 hours)
    Contemporary Worship Technology and Recording (3 hours)
    Advanced Conducting (3 hours)
    Music Literature of the Church (3 hours)
    Spiritual Formation (1 hour)
    Ensembles (2 hours)
    History course (3 hours)
    Math course (3 hours)
    Jazz and Popular Theory (3 hours)
    Arranging and Songwriting for the Church Musician (3 hours)
    Physical Fitness and Wellness (2 hours)
    Handbell Ensemble (1 hour)

     *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
     

    SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

    Primary Instrument Lesson (2 hours)
    Church Music Leadership: Children to Adults (3 hours)
    Church Music Practicum (2 hours)
    Church Music Worship: History to Current Trends (3 hours)
    Church Music Leadership: Administration and Philosophy (3 hours)
    Development of Musical Styles: Post 19th-Century and World Music (2 hours)
    Ensembles (2 hours)
    Contemporary Christian Ensemble (2 hours)
    Social Science (3 hours)
    Open electives (7 hours)
    English course (3 hours)

    *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
     

    Program Objectives

     

    • Develop a philosophy of worship.
    • Organize and plan a comprehensive music ministry.
    • Plan and lead worship.

     

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