What will I study?
The Master of Music degree program in Church Music provides advanced preparation for using music in the overall ministry of a local church (e.g. congregational singing, adult choir and vocal ensembles, youth-children' s choir, instrumental music, music in evangelism). In this program the student advances in a principal performance area (voice, instrument, choral conducting or composition) and performs a recital of standard literature. The student also advances in the study of music theory, music history, hymnology and children' s choirs. The program requires 31 credits and supports the university' s mission of building Christlike character in the student.
Students seeking admission to the program with a voice, piano, organ or orchestral instrument principal must present an audition at Bob Jones University or contact Admission for graduate audition information if conditions prevent a live audition. Those wishing to pursue a choral conducting principal must audition in person.
All graduate students in the Division of Music must take the Music Theory Placement Test. Those not passing this test will register for MT 499 (Theory Review), which is not available for graduate credit.
Conducting and composition principals must demonstrate senior-level ability in one performance area. Composition principals must submit a portfolio of original compositions and must successfully pass the Music Theory Placement Test. Failure to pass this test will remove the student from the composition principal.
Orchestral Instrument principals include: bassoon, cello, clarinet, euphonium, flute, horn, oboe, percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola or violin. Instrumental students will be required to hold membership in the orchestra, band or an instrumental ensemble.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will...
-- Perform a recital at an advanced level reflecting a synthesis of music history, literature, theory and applied technique (voice, instrument, conducting or composition).
-- Research and critique various historical applications of theological concepts in gathered Christian worship.
-- Apply a wide range of vocal pedagogy and conducting techniques appropriate for use in children's and adult choirs in the context of gathered Christian worship.
All students studying in the Division of Graduate Studies in the School of Fine Arts and Communication are required to audition. This audition is used to evaluate your background and determine your potential as a graduate student.
What classes will I take?
The following courses are required:
- Research & Writing in Music
- Advanced Choral Conducting
- Church Music Composition
- Church Music: The Protestant Tradition
- American Hymnody
- Graded Choirs
- Group Vocal Techniques
- Music Electives (4 credits)
- Voice Instruction (4 credits)
2 hours of course work must be selected from the following:
Our alumni are serving in church music ministries throughout the country. In addition, our graduates are teaching in Christian schools and public schools in every part of the U.S. and are on the faculties of most of the major fundamental Bible colleges and universities. A number of our graduates also have successful careers as private studio teachers.
Students can network with a variety of employers through our online placement service, CareerCentral. A multitude of employment opportunities are posted annually. In addition, over 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students in a variety of majors through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs. The Career Services office also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
Career Services can help you prepare for job hunting and networking with employers.