Program Options

The church music major builds on a comprehensive general education program that provides a context that will help you develop the maturity and responsibility you'll need to be a discerning church musician and to effectively teach and lead your congregation.

You'll benefit from many resources unique to Dordt. Our Casavant organ is one of the largest in the Midwest, and the number of opportunities for participating in choral and instrumental ensembles is greater than at most colleges our size. Graduates often leave with more conducting experience than students get in most other programs. Being part of two conducting courses, small classes, and numerous ensembles means you'll get individual instruction and plenty of time on the podium.

Your musicianship will be grounded in music theory, music history, conducting, lessons, and ensembles, and your understanding of worship will grow through courses in the theology and practices of worship.

Courses include:

  • Foundational music courses
  • Foundations of Worship
  • Music in Worship
  • Choral Music Education
  • Orchestration
  • Service Learning
  • Courses in pedagogy
  • Private lessons

Skilled musicians can find a variety of positions in churches as ministers of music, choral directors, organists or pianists, or a combination of these roles. Many choose to do graduate work as well.