Your degree in music with a major in sacred music will give you an understanding of the principles found in sacred and church music used for worship and Christian education and you’ll be able to think independently and critically concerning music, theology, and church music issues and their interrelationships.

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A Bachelor of Music in Worship Leadership (formerly Sacred Music) will provide you with an understanding of the principles found in sacred and church music used for worship and Christian education, offering opportunities for performance and leadership.

Undergraduate Admissions

The School of Performing and Visual Arts - Department of Music seeks to stimulate an interest in serving others through music. Your studies in Worship Leadership will teach you to recognize the relationships between music, theology and the church, while developing your interest in music performance, worship, leadership and conducting. The GWU Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

MISSION

1. to demonstrate the understanding of aesthetic principles found in sacred music used for worship and Christian education; 


2. to develop a continuing interest in the areas of music performance, worship, leadership, choral and instrumental conducting, and required communication skills; and 


3. to think independently and critically concerning music, theology, and sacred music issues and their interrelationships.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. recognize the aesthetic principles found in sacred music used for worship and Christian education;

2. demonstrate a continuing interest in the areas of music performance, worship, leadership, choral and instrumental conducting, and required communication skills; and

3. evaluate independently and critically concerning music, theology, and church music issues and their interrelationships.

A Bachelor of Music in Worship Leadership will prepare you for a career as a

  1. church music minister/worship leader
  2. church musician
  3. missionary
  4. leader of traditional, contemporary or blended forms of praise and worship

Our alumni are working in music ministries locally, regionally and beyond.

Course Requirements

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 245, 246, 247, 249, 257, 305 (or 405), 306, 325, 326, 347, 348, 446,
447, 465, 466, and 467, MIBS 150 (47 hours)


MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (12 hours)


Performance Group (9 hours, with a minimum of one hour in Handbell Ensemble)


Secondary Applied (7-8 hours)

  1. For Piano: Voice (5 hours); Organ (2 hours)

  2. For Organ: Voice (5 hours); Piano (2)
  3. For Instrumental: Voice (4 hours); Piano (4 hours)

  4. For Vocal: Piano (4 hours); Applied electives or Performance Groups or a combination of the two (4 hours)


Required by Concentration (2-3 hours)

  1. For Piano: MUSC 259 and 455

  2. For Organ: MUSC 259 and 459

  3. For Instrumental: MUSC 450

  4. For Vocal: MUSC 457
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