Worship Studies is offered through the Division of Music in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. 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. As with all professional music degrees, the Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies guides students in the study of music theory and history, in the development of skills in a primary and secondary musical area, and in multiple solo and ensemble performance experiences, all taught by faculty members who are professional, compassionate and committed to the call of Christ.
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|Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Worship Studies|
Minor in Worship Studies
What makes an OBU Worship Studies degree special?
The Worship Studies degree is an opportunity for students to become worship leaders who are professional musicians as well as ministers with theological training. Part of that study includes upper level music courses such as conducting and music theory. Students also take Leading Worship with Guitar, a guitar-based course which helps students at various skill levels hone their skills, as well as Leading Worship from the Piano.
Ministry-related courses engage students in worship technology, the history of worship, a study of worship song through the centuries, and the theology of worship. 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 160 contact hours. Along with the internship there is additional classroom work on the planning and preparation of worship and a practicum applying worship-leadership skills at a high level of expertise.
What are OBU grads doing with their Worship Studies degrees?
Those in the Worship Studies degree typically serve on church staff while a student or immediately following graduation. 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.
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