The Cline School of Music: Church Music Department

The Church Music Department offers two degree tracks for those students wishing to pursue a career in church music: Seminary Track and Praise & Worship Track. Both tracks require that students study music theory, music history, conducting, concentrate in a performance medium, and perform in the University’s ensembles. Both tracks require the study the congregational and choral music of the church, as well as developing philosophical and practical knowledge of work in a church as a staff member. The tracks differ slightly in their core curriculum as well as in the music component – primarily in the junior and senior years of study.

Bachelor of Arts in Church Music

Mission

The mission of the Church Music Praise and Worship Track program at North Greenville University is to offer a music/liberal arts-based curriculum which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music. In keeping with the institution’s Statement of Purpose, this program seeks to enable students to integrate academic discipline, Christian lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience by offering course work that produces well-rounded Christian musicians for the future.

Praise & Worship Track

The goals of the Church Music Praise and Worship Track program at North Greenville University are that its graduates:
  • Be prepared to effectively serve in a church music position; 2) demonstrate musical skills;
  • Demonstrate professionalism; 4) demonstrate ability to plan; 5) demonstrate the ability to relate to diverse age groups.

Requirements

All Church Music majors must take Christian Studies 1310 and Christian Studies 1320 as part of their general education requirement. The major consists of 79 hours within the school of music. Christian Studies 1100 and either Christian Studies 2330, 2340, or 2370 are required of all Church Music Majors.

Persons choosing the Praise and Worship track Church Music major will take eight hours of Natural Science and three hours of History. The remaining eleven hours will be free electives.
All music majors are required to participate in ensembles as assigned by the music faculty each semester during the student’s enrollment at North Greenville University.

All Church Music majors must take as their secondary applied area voice or keyboard.

General Education Requirements

COLL 1100/HNRS 1210 First Year Experience    1(2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320  English     6 hours
ENGL (2000 level) English    3 hours
HIST History    3 hours
MATH 1310 (or higher) Math    3 hours
NATURAL SCIENCE     8 hours
PHED 1200 Physical Fitness and Wellness     2 hours
CHST 1310 Old Testament Survey    3 hours
CHST 1320 New Testament Survey    3 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE     3 hours

Total    35(36) hours

Supporting Courses for BACM – Praise & Worship Track

CHST 1100 Introduction to Church-Related Vocations     1 hour

One of the following:

CHST 2330 Principles of Evangelism    3 hours
CHST 2340 Introduction to Missions    3 hours
CHST 2370 Introduction to Youth Ministry    3 hours

Total    4 hours

Major Courses Required for BACM – Praise & Worship Track

MUAPL 12XX (8 hours) MUAPL 32XX (4 hours)

Applied Major*    12 hours

MUAPL 11XX (4 hours) Applied Minor    4 hours
MUSC 1320 Introduction to the History of Music & Art    3 hours
MUSC 1430 Music Theory I    4 hours
MUSC 1440 Music Theory II    4 hours
MUSC 2240 Basic Conducting    2 hours
MUSC 2320 The Song of the Church    3 hours
MUSC 2350 Computer Technology for Musicians    3 hours
MUSC 2430 Music Theory III    4 hours
MUSC 2440 Music Theory IV    4 hours
MUSC 3310 Musical Styles I    3 hours
MUSC 3320 Musical Styles II    3 hours
MUSC 3340 Advanced Conducting    3 hours
MUSC 3360 Music Technology for the Church Musician    3 hours
MUSC 3370 Church Music Literature    3 hours
MUSC 4250 Church Music Practicum    2 hours
MUSC 4350 Church Music Methods & Materials    3 hours
MUSC 4360 Church Music Philosophy & Ministry    3 hours
MUSC 4370 Praise & Worship in the Contemporary Church     3 hours

Ensemble    10 hours
1 large ensemble each semester;
1 semester handbell ensemble;
Total    79 hours

General Education Requirements     35-36 hours
Supporting Courses    4 hours
Total Music Courses    79 hours
Total Elective Courses    11 hours
Total Hours for Degree    129-130 hours

All music majors are required to participate in ensembles as assigned by the music faculty each semester during the student’s  enrollment at NGU.  Students should participate in large and small ensembles.

A minimum grade of “C” is required for courses submitted for fulfillment of major requirements.
All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours.

All non-keyboard principals must pass the piano proficiency exam.

Junior Recital - 30 Minutes

*All music majors are required to take applied lessons through the degree program, unless practice teaching.  These may count as elective credits.

Seminary Track

The goals of the Church Music Seminary Track program at North Greenville University are that its graduates demonstrate:

  • Performance skills required for entrance into seminary graduate school;
  • Theoretical and analytical skills required for entrance into seminary graduate school;
  • Historical & stylistic recognition skills required for entrance into seminary graduate school.
    Requirements

All Church Music majors take Christian Studies 1310 and Christian Studies 1320 as part of their general education requirement. The major consists of 81 hours within the school of music. Christian Studies 1100 and either Christian Studies 2340, 2350, or 2370 are required of all Church Music majors.

Persons choosing the Seminary Track Church Music major will take eight hours of Natural Science, three hours of History, and six hours of Foreign Language. The remaining five hours will be free electives.

All music majors are required to participate in ensembles as assigned by the music faculty each semester during the student’s enrollment at North Greenville University.

All Church Music majors must take as their secondary applied area voice or keyboard.

General Education Requirements

COLL 1100/HNRS 1210 First Year Experience    1(2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320 English    6 hours
ENGL (2000 level) English    3 hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE*  Foreign Language    6 hours
HIST History    3 hours
MATH 1310 (or higher) Math    3 hours
NATURAL SCIENCE Science    8 hours
PHED 1200 Physical Fitness and Wellness    2 hours
CHST 1310 Old Testament Survey    3 hours
CHST 1320 New Testament Survey    3 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE Social Science    3 hours

Total    41(42) hours

Supporting Courses required for BACM - Seminary Track

CHST 1100 Introduction to Church-Related Vocations    1 hour
One of the Following:    3 hours
CHST 2330 Principles of Evangelism    3 hours
CHST 2340 Introduction to Missions    3 hours
CHST 2370 Introduction to Youth Ministry    3 hours

Total    4 hours

Major Courses Required for BACM – Seminary Track

MUAPL 12XX (8 hours); MUAPL 32XX 6 hours)

Applied Major**    14 hours

MUAPL 11XX (4 hours)  Applied Minor     4 hours
MUSC 1320 Introduction to the History of Music & Art    3 hours
MUSC 1430 Music Theory I    4 hours
MUSC 1440 Music Theory II    4 hours
MUSC 2240 Basic Conducting    2 hours
MUSC 2320 The Song of the Church    3 hours
MUSC 2350 Computer Technology for Musicians    3 hours
MUSC 2430 Music Theory III    4 hours
MUSC 2440 Music Theory IV    4 hours
MUSC 3310 Musical Styles I    3 hours
MUSC 3320 Musical Styles II    3 hours
MUSC 3330 Form & Analysis    3 hours
MUSC 3340 Advanced Conducting    3 hours
MUSC 3370 Church Music Literature    3 hours
MUSC 4250 Practicum    2 hours
MUSC 4330 Orchestration    3 hours
MUSC 4340 18th Century Counterpoint    3 hours
MUSC 4360 Church Music Philosophy & Ministry    3 hours

ENSEMBLE    10 hours
1 large ensemble each semester;

1 semester handbell ensemble;
Total    81 hours

General Education Requirements    41-42 hours
Supporting Courses    4 hours
Total Music Courses    81 hours
Total Elective Courses    3 hours
Total hours for Degree    129-130 hours

All music majors are required to participate in ensembles as assigned by the music faculty each semester during the student’s enrollment at NGU.  Students should participate in large and small ensembles.

A minimum grade of “C” is required for courses submitted for fulfillment of major requirements.

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours

All non-keyboard principals must pass the piano proficiency exam.
Senior Recital – 40 minutes.
Excludes GERM 1315 and 1325

** All music majors must take applied lessons through the degree program, unless practice teaching. These may count as elective credits.