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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Church Music

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.

 

Gardner-Webb University is a higher education Christian Institution that provides the finest professional musical education to GWU students, and the finest performances and education to the community-at-large, while providing a well-rounded education that encompasses a liberal arts philosophy and Christian values while training students in the history, performance, teaching, composition, business, creation, and ministry of music. We also seek to stimulate interest in the arts, and strive to stimulate in our students an interest in serving the Greater Glory of God by serving others with music. Our graduates are working as missionaries and church musicians all over the world.

 

Course Requirements (77-79 hours)

 

MUSC 105: Music Theory I (4 hrs.)

MUSC 106: Music Theory II (4 hrs.)

MUSC 205: Music Theory III (3 hrs.)

MUSC 206: Music Theory IV (3 hrs.)

MUSC 226: Music Literature (3 hrs.) (hours counted in core)

MUSC 245: Brass and Percussion Class (1 hr.)

MUSC 246: Strings and Woodwinds Class (1 hr.)

MUSC 247: Conducting Fundamentals (1 hr.)

MUSC 249: Handbells (1 hr.)

MUSC 257: Voice Diction (1 hr.)

MUSC 305: Counterpoint (2 hrs.) OR MUSC 405: Form and Analysis (2 hrs.)

MUSC 306: Orchestration (2 hrs.)

MUSC 325: Music History I (3 hrs.)

MUSC 326: Music History II (3 hrs.)

MUSC 347: Elementary Music Education (2 hrs.)

MUSC 348: Secondary Music Education (2 hrs.)

MUSC 446: Choral Conducting (1 hr.)

MUSC 447: Instrumental Conducting (1 hr.)

MUSC 465: Hymnology (3 hrs.)

MUSC 466: Church Music Administration (3 hrs.)

MUSC 467: Church Music Seminar and Field Work (3 hrs.)

MIBS 150: Introduction to Music Technology (3 hrs.)

 

Primary Applied (12 hours)

Performance Group (9 hours with a minimum of one hour in a small ensemble)

 

Secondary Applied (7-8 hours)

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

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

For Instrumental: Voice (4 hours); Piano (4 hours)

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

 

Required by Concentration (2-3 hours):

For Piano

            MUSC 259: Advanced Piano Skills (1 hr.)

            MUSC 455: Piano Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Organ

            MUSC 259: Advanced Piano Skills (1 hr.)

            MUSC 459: Organ Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Instrumental

            MUSC 450: Instrumental Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Vocal

            MUSC 457: Vocal Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

Careers

Your degree in church music will prepare you for a career as a missionary; church music minister; church musician; traditional worship, blended, and praise and worship leader.

 

Alumni

Gardner-Webb alumni are working in music ministry throughout North Carolina and beyond. This includes Chris Roberts who is the associate pastor of music and worship at Mud Creek Baptist Church, Beth Heffner is the minister of music and families at First Baptist Church of Rutherforton, and Paul McManus is the director of music and seniors at Boiling Springs Baptist Church.

Contact

Dr. Paul Etter

Phone: (704) 406-3992

E-mail: petter@gardner-webb.edu