Worship Arts Minor

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required courses:

MUS 103: Music Fundamentals (3)

A course laying the foundation for musicianship and further study in music through the study of music fundamentals, i.e., rudimentary skills in notation, analysis, and composition as well as exposure to basic music literature.

MUS 103L: Ear Training I (1)

The development of basic skills in the reading and notation of rhythm and of diatonic melodies in major and minor, in hearing and playing primary triads, and in identifying major and minor scales and simple intervals. Corequisite: Music 103 or advanced placement.

THEO 110: Biblical Studies Methods (3)

This course introduces interpretive approaches and practices for reading the Bible using a Reformed hermeneutical method. Students will become familiar with major resources for biblical study, interpret a variety of Old Testament and New Testament texts, and discuss the manner in which the varied contexts (e.g., social, cultural, theological) of the biblical world and contemporary readers inform exegetical study. This is a foundational course in the theology program to develop skills in biblical studies and theological writing. Open to all students seeking to develop their reading, understanding, and application of Scripture.

THEO 111: Spiritual Formation (3)

What does the Christian life of faith and discipleship look like? This course will explore the history and practice of the spiritual disciplines by studying the faith lives of important figures in the history of Christianity. The purpose of this exploration is to help students see how God is at work in the history of the church so they can begin to articulate their experience of God’s work in their own lives. This is a foundational course in the theology program. It is open to any student interested in learning more about spirituality and discipleship.

WA 241: Foundations of Worship (3)

A study of the Scriptural foundation for worship and of the components of worship. There will be a brief study of historic patterns of worship, leading to the preparation of liturgies and the practice of worship-leading skills. [Cross-listed: Theology 241]

WA 242: Worship in Contemporary Context (3)

This course engages the theological and cultural issues that shape contemporary worship practices of the church. By exploring diverse worship practices students will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between Christian worship and culture. The focus on this course is to help students cultivate discernment as they lead worship in a variety of cultural contexts. [Cross-listed: Theology 242]

must choose:

one course from Business Administration 215, Worship Arts 333, 334; Music 019 or 250

BUAD 215: Leadership Studies (3)

Involves the study of human behavior and how individuals influence that behavior. This course will reflect a diversity of perspectives on leadership and motivation. Students will examine different models, skills, and styles of leadership, review common traits of effective leaders, and evaluate, from a Christian perspective, the ethical and moral issues facing leaders.

WA 333: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (3)

An overview of the role of music in worship, worship music repertoire, and information and skills needed to plan music for worship. [Crosslisted: Music 209, Theology 333]

WA 334: Elements of Praxis in Worship (3)

The focus on this course is to equip students with the practical insight needed to lead worship in a contemporary context. This includes learning how to use equipment, how to organize and lead a practice, cultivating a stage presence, how to develop excellent sound, and incorporating a diversity of instruments into worship. Prerequisite: Worship Arts 241, 242. [Cross-listed: Theology 334]

two credits from Music 010-020, 240-270

MUS 010: Chorale (1) 

MUS 011: Wind Ensemble (1).

MUS 012: Concert Choir (1)

MUS 013: Small Instrumental Ensemble (.5)

A variety of small instrumental ensembles, including 4th Avenue Band.

MUS 018: Small Vocal Ensemble (.5)

A variety of small vocal ensembles, including 4th Avenue Singers, Bella Voce, and Canons of Dordt.

MUS 020: Chamber Orchestra (.5)

Study and performance of music for string orchestra.

MUS 240-270:

two credits from Worship Arts 018, 281

WA 018: Worship Arts Ensemble Participant (.5)

A worship music ensemble involving weekly participation, reflection, and coaching

WA 281: Worship Arts Ensemble Leader (1)

Develop knowledge, confidence, skill, and character as a worship leader and participant through leadership of a worship music ensemble.

two additional credits from Music 010-020, 240-270, Worship Arts 018, 281

WA 018: Worship Arts Ensemble Participant (.5)

A worship music ensemble involving weekly participation, reflection, and coaching

WA 281: Worship Arts Ensemble Leader (1)

Develop knowledge, confidence, skill, and character as a worship leader and participant through leadership of a worship music ensemble.