Worship and Music Studies

Bachelor of Science

Ministry Faithfulness in Music

The student’s individual calling and passion within music and worship ministry is cultivated and mentored throughout the course of the degree.

Musical Excellence

Students take weekly private lessons, participate in ensembles, and receive theory and aural skills training.

Gospel-centered

The gospel is the focus in every area of this degree. All of our classes, services, and training is centered on Christ.

“ Although we are trained to be excellent musicians, we are always reminded that all of the glory goes to him, because he is the only one who deserves it. ”

Michelle Cabrera — Miami Gardens, FL

Course Information

Use the tabs below to explore the courses, outcomes, and further information on this program.

General Studies 33 Credits
EN 101 English Composition I 3
EN 102 English Composition II 3
HU 421 Great Books Seminar I 3
HU 422 Great Books Seminar II 3
MA — Math Elective 3
PH 103 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PH 311 Introduction to Ethics 3
PH 321 Religion in the Public Square 3
PH 108 Worldview Analysis 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS 221 Marriage and the Family or 3
CN 101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Biblical and Theological Studies 30 Credits
BL 101 Old Testament Survey I 3
BL 102 Old Testament Survey II 3
BL 111 Hermeneutics 3
BL 151 New Testament Survey I 3
BL 152 New Testament Survey II 3
HS 201 Church History I 3
HS 202 Church History II 3
TH 211 Christian Theology I 3
TH 212 Christian Theology II 3
TH 311 Christian Theology II 3
Ministry Studies 9 Credits
MS 101 Introduction to Christian Missions 3
MS 105 Personal Evangelism 3
SP 105 Introduction to Public Speaking or 3
PR 205 Preaching I
Worship and Music Studies 31 Credits
MU 110 Music Theory I: Music Analysis 3
MU 115 Aural Skills I 1
MU 120 Music Theory II: Songwriting 3
MU 125 Aural Skills II 1
MU 210 Music Theory III: Arranging 3
MU 215 Aural Skills III 1
WL 251 Historical Survey of Worship Music I 3
WL 252 Historical Survey of Worship Music II 3
WL 181 Introduction to Worship 3
WL 316 Biblical Principles of Worship 3
WL 381 Worship Ministry in the Church 3
WL 481 Senior Seminar 1
WL 489 Worship Internship or upper level elective 3
Ensembles and Applied Studies 14 Credits
WORSHIP TEAMS

Students must participate in six semesters of ensembles, four of which must be MU 150.
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MU 150 Boyce College Choir 1
MU 153 Southern Chorale 1
MU 159 Chapel Orchestra 1
MU 161 Worship Lab Band 1
MU 350 Boyce Worship Collective 1
PRIMARY APPLIED STUDIES

Students choose a main area of private study: voice, piano, other.
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MU 171 Applied Studies: Voice 1
MU 173 Applied Studies: Piano 1
MU 176 Applied Studies: Strings 1
MU 177 Applied Studies: Drums 1
MU 178 Applied Studies: Guitar 1
VOICE AND PIANO PROFICIENCY

Students must possess basic proficiency on piano and voice.

Non-piano majors must enroll in at least two consecutive semesters of Class Piano or Secondary Applied Piano and pass a Proficiency Test.

Non-voice majors must enroll in at least two consecutive semesters of Secondary Applied Voice and pass a Proficiency Test.

Instrumental applied students must complete both voice and piano proficiency tests.
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MINISTRY EMPHASIS
Students will choose one of the following ministry emphases
outlined.
Music Ministry 15 Credits
This emphasis allows students to choose from a variety of worship ministry courses to prepare for lead and associate roles in music ministry in the local church.
MU 361 Choral Techniques 3
MU 345 Junior Recital 0
MU 445 Senior Recital 0
RESTRICTED ELECTIVES
WORSHIP LAB CLASSES*
(12)
MU 226 Music Styles Lab 1
MU 315 Topics in Music and Worship 3
MU 326 Children’s Music Methods 3
WL 231 Ethnodoxology 3
WL 321 Audio Basics 3
WL 322 Audio & Video Production Basics 3
WL 492 Dyn. Of Modern Worship Leadership 3
WL 435 Songwriting for Worship Leaders 3
Worship and Pastoral Ministry 15 Credits
This emphasis will prepare students for music leadership and pastoral ministry in the local church.
WORSHIP LAB CLASSES* 2
MU 226 Music Styles Lab 1
MU 361 Choral Techniques 3
PR 206 Preaching II 3
PW 315 Pastoral Ministry and Leadership 3
WL 471 Senior Worship Project 0
WL 492 Dyn. of Modern Worship Leadership 3
Music Pedagogy 15 Credits
This emphasis will prepare students to develop a teaching pedagogy for classroom that meets ACSI certification.
ED 200 Introduction to Teacher Education 3
ED 430 Classroom Management 3
MU 315 Topics in Music and Worship 3
MU 326 Children’s Music Methods 3
MU 361 Choral Techniques 3
MU 345 Junior Recital 0
MU 445 Senior Recital 0
Worship and Family Ministry 15 Credits
This emphasis will prepare students youth and family ministry and worship leadership.
WORSHIP LAB CLASSES (2 Semesters)
MU 226 Music Styles Lab 1
YM 101 Principles of Youth Ministry 3
YM 451 Youth and Family Ministry 3
MU 326 Children’s Music Methods 3
WL 471 Senior Worship Project 0
WL 492 Dyn. of Modern Worship Leadership 3
Songwriting 15 Credits
This emphasis will prepare students for leadership in worship arts and songwriting.
WORSHIP LAB CLASSES* 2
MU 226 Music Styles Lab 1
MU 315 Topics in Music and Worship or 3
EN 245 Introduction to English Poetry
WL 435 Songwriting for Worship Leaders 3
WL 321 Audio Basics 3
WL 492 Dyn. of Modern Worship Leadership 3
WL 455 Senior Recording Project 0
Digital Media 15 Credits
This emphasis will prepare students for the role of a church media director and digital communication in the church.
WL 321 Audio Basics 3
WL 322 Audio & Video Post-Production Basics 3
CS 256 Fundamentals of Graphic Design 3
CS 279 Video Basics 3
BA 389 Project Management 3
WL 455 Senior Recording Project 0
*Lab Class Options
MU 286 Worship Band Lab: Guitar 1
MU 287 Worship Band Lab: Keyboard 1
MU 288 Worship Band Lab: Bass Guitar 1
MU 289 Worship Band Lab: Drum Set 1
Total Degree Hours 129 Credits
Prerequisite:

CP 100 Cooperative Program 2 hours (Students needing this course should register for it during their first semester of study. All course work is completed online through Canvas. There is no charge for this course.).
Music Studies Minor
MU 110 Music Theory I: Music Analysis 3
MU 115 Aural Skills I 1
MU 120 Music Theory II: Songwriting 3
MU 125 Aural Skills II 1
WL 315 Topics in Music and Worship 3
PRIMARY APPLIED STUDIES (2 Semesters)
Main area of private study: voice, piano, guitar, other
WORSHIP TEAMS (2 Semesters) 2
MU 150 Boyce College Choir
MU 161 Worship Lab Band I
MU 350 Boyce Worship Collective
TOTAL 15 Credits
Worship Studies Minor
MU 110 Music Theory I: Music Analysis 3
MU 115 Aural Skills I 1
WL 181 Introduction to Worship 3
WL 381 Worship Ministry in the Church 3
WL 492 Dynamics of Modern Worship Leadership 3
PRIMARY APPLIED STUDIES (2 Semesters)
Main area of private study: voice, piano, guitar, other
WORSHIP TEAMS (2 Semesters) 2
MU 150 Boyce College Choir
MU 161 Worship Lab Band I
MU 350 Boyce Worship Collective
TOTAL 15 Credits
  • Prerequisite: CP 100. Students needing this course should register for it during their first semester of study. All course work is completed online. There is no charge for this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will demonstrate basic understanding of the language of music through theoretical analysis and aural skills performance.
  • Students will describe the historical practice and philosophy of the role of music in the church.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the performance of music as a musician and the application of music to the local church as a music ministry leader.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates will be prepared to serve the church with proper musical and theological training necessary to lead the church in a variety of ecclesiological contexts.

Professor Kha Do serves as the Program Coordinator for the Boyce worship program.

You can meet Professor Do and the rest of our faculty here.

As a prospective student, we have two next steps that we would love for you to consider taking. Follow the links below to take your next steps!

  • Visit Campus
  • Start your Application
  • Students who start their application must complete their application and submit the following additional documents:

  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • Spiritual Autobiography
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Official ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores
  • Application Fee

  • Applicants will complete a musicianship assessment to be placed in applied area studies: https://boycecollege.com/new-musician-assessment/
    You can view more information about our admissions requirements here.

    Students can choose between Voice, Piano, Guitar, and other instruments as a primary applied study. They must complete a musicianship assessment in order to be placed in applied studies. Students will also complete voice and piano proficiencies along with their applied studies and choose between a number of different rhythm section lab classes.

    New students who complete their musician assessments will be evaluated by the faculty for music scholarships. Additionally, students you audition for the Boyce Worship Collective and other scholarship ensembles may be considered for music scholarships as well. To audition for an ensemble visit: boyceworshipcollective.com. Auditions are accepted annually starting in April.

    Music and Worship students are required to find church sites during their course of study to fulfilled a certain number of hours of on-site ministry experience. They are provided a list of Louisville Partner churches where they can pursue church membership and begin receiving supervised ministry experience within their first academic year. During their Junior and Senior year, they will be required to complete a 300-hour internship course at an approved site.

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