Philosophy for the School of Worship Leadership
The School of Worship Leadership realizes that the purpose of all believers is to glorify God in all they do. Every believer is given gifts that should be developed for the purpose of ministering to the Lord and to others. Worship is more than music. Worship encompasses every aspect of our lives in an effort to bring praise to God, including music.
The School of Worship Leadership seeks to train students in a variety of creative areas in order that they might be agents of change for the gospel. The ever-changing worlds of church music and related industries require exposure to a broad range of styles, systems, and structures. Even though there is diversity in the media used for worship, the focus remains on the heart of the worshipper as the source for true worship.
School of Worship Leadership Statement
Excellence is the goal of all performance benchmarks set for classroom instruction, applied music lessons, ensembles, recitals and corporate music events. Each student is challenged to meet or exceed faculty expectations for musical excellence as an individual act of worship, thus integrating the university’s core values―faith, learning, and leadership.
The student will demonstrate knowledge of:
- Theory, music history, current trends in worship arts;
- Theology of worship, leadership principles, Christian ethics;
- Technical requirements for worship leadership, using student’s primary and secondary applied instrument focus.
The student will demonstrate the ability to:
- Perform at an advanced level in one applied area;
- Perform in a variety of primary and secondary ensembles;
- Play a secondary musical instrument.
The purpose of the worship leadership degree is to provide students with the knowledge and capability to develop a successful career in one of four key areas of concentration: 1) church ministry, 2) film and theatre, 3) music business or 4) technology.
Worship Leadership majors will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in worship leadership and music. Students majoring in worship leadership must complete the University’s basic course (general education) requirements, the specified courses in worship leadership and music as well as the additional specific curriculum for the selected concentration.
School of Worship Leadership Student Manual
Students are required to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the School of Worship Leadership Student Manual concerning the following:
- applied instruction
- mid-level review
- piano proficiency exam
- seminar/recital hour
- junior and senior recitals
- concert music
- all matters related to the music program
The School of Worship Leadership Student Manual can be viewed on MyUM or in hard-copy form in the School of Worship Leadership office.