Philosophy for the Department of Worship &Technology
The Department of Worship & Technology 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 Department of Worship & Technology 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.
Department of Worship & Technology
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―Christ-centered, Academically-focused, Student-devoted and Distinctively-driven.
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) music business or 3) 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.
Students desiring admission to the Department of Worship and Technology are encouraged to complete the University of Mobile’s application for admission. Prospective Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA) majors and minors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for an audition or interview by calling 251-442-2320 or completing an online application found at www.umobile.edu/audition. Production Technology students should request an interview through the audition process. Transfer students are required to take an entrance exam to determine proper placement for theory and applied music.
Department of Worship & Technology Student Manual
Students are required to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the ASOTA 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 ASOTA Student Manual can also be viewed in hard-copy form in the Department of Worship Leadership office.
Ensembles (Primary and Secondary)
All students with a major in music are expected to register for at least one ensemble each semester in residence. The following groups are defined as primary ensembles at the University of Mobile: University Singers and Symphonic Winds. Note: (String Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble may be substituted as a large ensemble with dean’s permission, unless required by declared major). Audits for secondary ensembles are granted, when applicable, in order to alleviate increased cost to the student beyond the block pay of 17 hours (dean’s permission required).
NOTE: ASOTA scholarships also require participation every semester a student is receiving scholarship dollars beyond primary and secondary standard ensemble requirements.
Primary Ensembles (large)
*Dean’s permission required unless required by declared major.
Secondary Ensembles (small)
Alabama Repertory Company
Piano Ensemble - Elite 88
Voices of Mobile
*Note: All music majors participate in corporate music events. This opportunity extends participatory and observation experiences with both small and large ensembles. Examples of annual corporate music events are The Christmas Spectacular, The Mobile Passion Play, Night of the Classical Masters, the Opera, Musical Theatre Productions and the Spring Finale.
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