Church Music Requirements for Division of Music Admission and Scholarships
The Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Bachelor of Musical Arts with a worship arts advising emphasis are rigorous music degrees. Music degrees are configured with the assumption that students entering the programs have been studying music and developing musical skills at some level before college work begins. It is not uncommon for students with interest in studying worship leadership and music ministry to have musical experiences limited only to church services and ensembles. While church music experiences are very important, they do not always adequately prepare students to be music majors. Therefore, to make sure the BMCM or BMA(WA) will be a good fit for the incoming student, they must audition and be accepted into these degrees. Even if a student has not studied music formally (for example, taking private music lessons, being in school band or choir, or studying music theory), that does not mean they cannot be a music major and study church music at OBU. But the lack of those prerequisite activities may also have a significant impact on their ability to be successful music majors.
The purpose of the audition is to determine the natural musical ability of the student, their level of musical performance, how much remedial work might be necessary in the area of performance, and to recommend (or not recommend) that the student be accepted into the degrees.
Therefore, to make sure the BMCM or BMA(WA) will be a good fit for the incoming student, they must audition and be accepted into these degrees.
Requirements for the prospective church music student audition:
To schedule an audition or for more information please contact:OBU Division of Music405.878.2305
Church Music CoordinatorDr. Lee Hinson, Associate Professor of Musiclee.firstname.lastname@example.org