OBU is committed to graduating men and women whose ministry through music and the arts will be creative and faithful to God’s mission through the church, while honoring the church’s past, present, and future. This degree is OBU’s enhanced church music major.
Worship Arts majors will, in addition to the University’s CORE curriculum and general music course work, complete courses in the these areas:
Worship Arts Base requirements, including:
Foundations for Ministry through Music, Church Music Education 1, Song Writing and Arranging for Worship, Congregational Song, The Worshiping Church, and Technology and Media for Worship
Students then choose from among three applied skill areas:
Vocal Emphasis, including:
Vocal Diction 1 & 2, Instrumental Perspectives, Choral Conducting 1 & 2, and Church Music Education 2
Instrumental Emphasis, including:
Woodwind Methods 1& 2, Brass Methods, String Methods, Vocal Perspectives, Instrumental Conducting 1& 2, Percussion Methods, and Instrumental Music Ministry
Keyboard Emphasis, including:
Ministry of the Keyboard Musician, Vocal or Instrumental Perspectives, Choral or Instrumental Conducting 1, Worship Service Playing, Advanced Worship Service Playing and Piano or Organ Pedagogy (Piano Seminar is also required of piano principals.)
The Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts degree also includes a ministry practicum customized to each student’s interests.
Additional course work from the Pruet School of Christian Studies includes:
Spiritual Formation, Biblical Exegesis, Theology of Christian Worship, and one Christian Studies elective. Students may opt to add two elective courses to complete a minor in Christian Studies.