Worship Music (WMUS)

Worship Music (WMUS)

WMUS 514  Basic Conducting  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Basic instruction in conducting techniques for worship leaders in traditional and non-traditional worship settings. Knowledge and skill areas include: posture and hand position, baton usage, foreign and mechanical terms, conducting gestures and patterns, basic score interpretation, rehearsal management, and technique.

Offered: Online

WMUS 515  Graduate Conducting for the Worship Leader  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Intermediate and advanced instruction in conducting techniques for worship leaders in traditional and non-traditional worship settings. Knowledge and skill areas stressed are a review of conducting gestures and patterns; advanced score interpretation, rehearsal management and technique, special problems in vocal and instrumental situations.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 516  Advanced Graduate Conducting  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: WMUS 515

This course is a continuation of WMUS 515 and focuses on developing advanced instruction in conducting techniques in traditional and non-traditional settings. Specific attention is given to the role of the conductor in practical contexts; including 21st century evangelical worship, professional orchestral/choral organizations, and elementary, secondary, and collegiate educational systems.

Offered: Online

WMUS 522  Basic Music Theory for the Worship Leader  3 Credit Hour(s)  

In this course, students learn basic principles of music theory for the worship ministry including: notes, rhythms, intervals, chord construction, chord charts, and harmonic progressions. Basic arranging and analytical techniques are also explored related to traditional, classical, and popular worship music styles. This course is designed to prepare students for WMUS 524.

Offered: Online

WMUS 524  Analytical Techniques for the Worship Leader  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course is a foundational course for graduate contemporary music theory practices. The study includes a thorough investigation of jazz and extended harmonies used in contemporary worship music. Worship students continue to learn and apply analytical technique to various music styles. Melodic concepts and music form are explored in the literature from historical music periods and compared to present worship music literature and practice. Principles of harmonic function are taught and applied to representative worship literature forms.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 525  Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques for Worship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course is designed to teach and develop advanced skills as an arranger of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Chord chart writing and arranging techniques relevant to the rhythm section (keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, and percussion) and contemporary rhythm idioms will be explained and studied. Students will be expected to demonstrate skill in scoring for praise bands, orchestras, singers, and choirs. A major worship arranging project is required.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 550  Applied Music  1-3 Credit Hour(s)  

Guitar: Graduate level Private guitar lessons. Instruction includes technical exercises, chords and chord progressions, and development of music reading and performance skills in classical and contemporary styles. Piano: Graduate private piano lessons. Instruction includes technical exercises, chords and chord progressions, and development of music reading and performance skills in classical and contemporary styles. Voice: Graduate level private vocal lessons. Instruction includes technical exercises, review of literature, and development of music reading and performance skills in classical and contemporary styles. Woodwinds: Continuation of private lessons at the graduate level in the woodwind instruments of band and orchestra (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe or Bassoon). Instruction includes technical exercises, chords and chord progressions, and development of music reading and performance skills in classic and contemporary styles.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 600  Music Resources and Literature for Worship Leading  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A study of the materials used in program building of instrumental and choral ensembles in non-traditional worship settings. Evaluation is made of select publishers to investigate musical, audio, video, and software recourses availability with application to contemporary Christian worship ensemble.

Offered: Online

WMUS 610  Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A study of the current available resources and techniques employed by contemporary worship leaders. Consideration is given to practical issues related to rehearsal techniques, programming, MIDI technology, sound reinforcement, use of drama, use of drama as script, and worship events. (Formerly WRSP 610)

Offered: Online

WMUS 630  Principles of Worship Technology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The study of computer applications in music, including: competencies in the use of notation software, music recording software; sequencing; using loops in live and recording applications; integrating midi and digital audio; capturing, editing, and storing digital audio data; multi and single tracking; VSTs; and sound shaping.

Offered: Online

WMUS 670  Principles of Music and Worship Pedagogy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course is designed to examine the planning development, organization, implementation and evaluation of Worship Pedagogy for secondary, post-secondary, and college students. Attention is given to historical concepts of pedagogy, current trends in curriculum organization, available resources for the teaching and training of worship leaders, and strengths and weaknesses of various worship pedagogy models. Includes a graduate level curriculum project.

Offered: Online

WMUS 687  Music and Worship Ministry Project  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience in the planning and implementation of a major music and worship ministry project. This project is practical in nature and may include, but is not limited to: a major seasonal presentation, choral recording project, or group mission project. The student must demonstrate the ability to develop a plan of action for spiritual foundation, ministry methodology, communication of learned principles and application to the local ministry being served. Presentation of the "ministry project" must include all planning and production aspects of the event and a formal research paper.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 690  Worship Program Recital  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This is a faculty supervised, 55-60 minute worship recital program. The student must demonstrate the ability to organize a worship program using a variety of media, drama, lighting, and instrumentation. Repertoire is representative of the vast stylistic repertoire in the student's area of performance disciple and may include but is not limiited to: traditional classical, sacred classic, contemporary Christian, worship and praise, gospel song, or hymn-style literature. Recital preparation must demonstrate completion of a serious, formal research paper that documents the song repertoire and selection, historical data about composers and song-writers, rationale for stylistic representation, and biblical foundations for the program. Presentation of select material respresenting this research is made during the student recital.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 691  Worship Lecture Recital  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This is a faculty supervised, 55-60 minute worship recital program. The student must demonstrate the ability to organize a worship program using a variety of media, drama, lighting, and instrumentation. Repertoire is representative of the vast stylistic repertoire in the student's area of performance disciple and may include but is not limiited to: traditional classical, sacred classic, contemporary Christian, worship and praise, gospel song, or hymn-style literature. Recital preparation must demonstrate completion of a serious, formal research paper that documents the song repertoire and selection, historical data about composers and song-writers, rationale for stylistic representation, and biblical foundations for the program. Presentation of select material respresenting this research is made during the student recital.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 692  Graduate Music and Worship Comprehensive Exam  0 Credit Hour(s)  

The comprehensive exam/defense is a zero credit written and oral examination that serves as a culminating assessment for the MA in Music and Worship. The comprehensive exam will be based on courses taken in their distinct MA in Music and Worship program, online or residential. The exam is taken as a prerequisite to the Thesis, Lecture Recital, Ministry Project or Graduate Internship. A Pass/Fail Committee decision for the Comprehensive Exam/Oral Defense will be placed in the student's official file, noted on the DCP Audit, and appear on the student's transcript.

Offered: Resident and Online

WMUS 697  Seminar in Worship Music  1-3 Credit Hour(s)  

Offered: Online

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