Church Music is offered through the Division of Music in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts.
Church Music is offered through the Division of Music in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. All students within the division study music theory and history, develop skills in a primary and secondary musical area, have multiple solo and ensemble performance experiences and are guided by faculty members who are professional, compassionate and committed to the call of Christ. Church Music classes are designed to prepare students to be effective worship leaders who are strong musicians with the ability to work in a variety of ministry settings.
|Program Options||Degree Plan|
|Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Church Music|
Minor in Worship Arts
What makes an OBU Church Music degree special?
The primary goal of the Church Music degree is ultimately to mentor and train worship leaders, for both full-time and bi-vocational ministry options. While there are classes and experiences dealing with contemporary worship models, all musical styles throughout the history of the church are discussed and integrated into appropriate courses.
Those involved in the Church Music degree can take a number of upper level music courses as part of their study (such as orchestration or conducting), further developing skills useful in worship music situations. Students also take Leading Worship with Guitar, a guitar-based course which helps students at various skill levels hone their skills, eventually plugging into a live band at the end of the semester. In addition, two core courses, Corporate Worship I and II, pull together worship philosophy, the history of music in worship and leadership skills over a two-semester period. One of the most popular parts of the degree is the Music Ministry Internship, where the student shadows a worship leader at a local church for 80 hours. This internship is part of the final year of study.
What are OBU grads doing with their Church Music degrees?
Those in the Church Music degree typically serve on church staff while a student or immediately following graduations. Many go on to graduate study in worship and ministry at the seminary level, graduate music performance degrees or pursue master’s degrees in other related fields.
Learn more about our Music faculty.