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Worship Arts

Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts

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, Theatre Arts in Worship, Visual Media Design for Worship, Technology in Worship, Congregational Song, and The Worshiping Church


Students then choose from among three applied skill areas:

Vocal Emphasis, including:

Vocal Diction 1 & 2, Instrumental Perspectives, Choral Conducting 1 & 2, Vocal Pedagogy, Church Music Education 2, and Church Music Literature

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, Introduction to Christian Ministry, Theology of Worship, and one Christian Studies elective. Students may opt to use free electives to complete a minor in Christian Studies.