Worship Music, Bachelor of Music

The worship music degree allows students to pursue the discipline of sacred music. Through classroom instruction, private instruction, ensemble experience, and supervised application, worship music provides the student with skills necessary for professional competency.

Majors

  • Bachelor of Music in Worship Music (B.M.)

Minors

Why Study Worship Music at HSU?

HSU Music Major playing the guitar during worship

Comprehensive

During the course of study, students will gain an understanding of church music practice including worship, hymnology, church music history, church music administration, and the relationship between church music and culture.

HSU Music Major playing the piano during worship

Empowered

Students are encouraged to empower their profession by excelling in their principal area of study in voice or instrument. Students also have the opportunity to study in other areas of applied performance, which may include the study of voice, piano, organ, or orchestral instruments.

HSU Music Major playing the guitar and singing during worship

Intentional

Students who pursue a degree in worship music can organize and lead worship sessions with theological insights, greater biblical understanding, and merge music and ministry for the benefit of the church community they serve.

Program Details

Worship Music (34 credits)

  • MUSB 3302 Introduction to the Recording Studio – 3
  • MUSI 3322 Older Children & Music – 3
  • MUSI 3122 Intro to Conducting – 1
  • MUSI 3223 Choral Conducting Tech – 2
  • MUSI 4321 Music for Adolescents – 3
  • MUCM 4222* Worship Music Literature and Methods – 2
  • MUCM 4225 Song Writing and Arranging – 3
  • MUCM 4326* Worship Technology – 3
  • MUCM 4327* Survey of Worship Song – 3
  • MUCM 4328 *Philosophy of Music and Worship – 3
  • ENSEMBLES MUEI or MUEV – 4
  • ENSEMBLES – MUEI OR MUEV (upper level) – 4

Departmental Requirements (48 credits)

  • Performance Principal MUPS – 6
  • MUPS (upper level) – 6
  • MUPC 43X1 Pedagogy – 3
  • MUPC 1125/1126 Diction I & II – 2
  • MUTC 1131/1132 Ear Training I & II – 2
  • MUTC 1133/1134 Keyboard I & II – 2
  • MUTC 1235/1236 Harmony I & II – 4
  • MUTC 2131/2132 Ear Training III & IV – 2
  • MUTC 2133/2134 Keyboard III &IV – 2
  • MUTC 2235/2236 Harmony III & IV – 4
  • MUTC 2338 Computers in Music – 3
  • MUTC 3231 Form & Analysis – 2
  • MUTC 3233 Counterpoint – 2
  • MUTC 4231 Orchestration I – 2
  • MUHL 3241/3242/3243 Music History I/II/III – 6
  • CONC 1000 Recital Attendance (8 semesters) – 0
  • COMP 4000 Senior Comps – 0
  • RECI 4000 Senior Half Recital – 0

Courses required for Ministerial Grant recipients (6 credits)

  • MNST 3311 Ministry Formations – 3
  • MNST 3322 Ministry Internship – 3

Non-piano principals must take piano until piano proficiency is passed.

Students who earn a worship music degree have the opportunity to become a church leader, music minister, and may serve in other ministry positions in the church or para-church organizations. Worship music majors have the opportunity to sever their community as leaders.