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Church Music

Do you have a love for music and a passion for ministry? SBU's church music major will prepare you for service in music ministry by teaching you the foundations of church music concepts and skills with emphasis on performance.

You will benefit from courses in both music and Christian ministry, including a required internship. Choose a concentration in either instrumental, keyboard or vocal music. You also can choose to complete a performer's certificate, which demonstrates superior music performance ability.

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are actively involved in church music in a variety of roles.
  • SBU's Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Nearly 100% of department graduates find positions within their field upon graduation; most church music graduates pursue either full-time or bivocational employment leading music at a church.
  • Many of SBU's performance ensembles tour regionally, nationally and even internationally.

Faith Integration

SBU's church music degree naturally integrates academic discipline with Christian faith through the unique combination of music theory and performance courses with Christian ministry coursework. Church music students are preparing for full-time or bivocational ministry and SBU faculty are committed to preparing them to be both academically equipped and spiritually prepared.

Faculty in SBU's department of music are all professing Christians while also highly acclaimed musicians in their own rights. Courses are intentionally taught through a Christian perspective and the personal faith of the faculty is naturally integrated in how they teach and interact with students.

Careers

Most church music graduates are employed in either full-time or bivocational music ministry. Examples include:

  • Dierra Dawn Blankenship '12 — Music Associate, First Baptist Church, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Berrik Brumley '05 — Pastor of Worship Arts and Discipleship, Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Scott Davis '12 — Minister of Music, First Baptist Church, Valley Mills, Texas
  • Nathan Elder '05 — Executive Pastor of Worship Arts at Element Church, Wentzville, Mo.
  • Jennifer Hoover '07 — Music Missions, Rio Vista Baptist Church, New Orleans, La.
  • Tim McCarty '05 — Administrator of Global Outreach/Worship Pastor, Edgewood Baptist Church, Seattle, Wash.
  • Nathan White '12 — Worship Leader, Springfield, Mo.

Internships

SBU Church Music majors have the opportunity to complete internships in various area churches and ministries while enrolled at SBU.

graduate schools

Several church music graduates have gone on to pursue further education in music and/or ministry, and have studied at institutions such as:

  • Baylor University/Truett Seminary
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

PI KAPPA LAMBDA

Join SBU's Zeta Zeta chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. It is the only music organization recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Each year, a select few of the top junior and senior music majors are voted upon by music faculty to join this distinguished national organization.

STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Student presidents of Chorale, Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, University Band, Chamber Orchestra, Church Music Conference, and National Association for Music Education, along with a representative of keyboard students and one at-large member comprise the Student Advisory Council. This group serves the department of music by assisting in planning social events, identifying problem areas, and setting goals for the future. By serving on this council, you will help represent other music students to faculty and administration, and grow in leadership opportunities.

PERFORMING GROUPS

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More than 15 music performance ensembles provide you many opportunities for developing your music performance skills. Ensemble options include various vocal ensembles, bands, orchestra and more.

Audition for one or more of these groups as you put your learning into action!

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CHURCH MUSIC CONFERENCE

Join SBU's student chapter of the national Baptist Church Music conference. Membership is open to all students with an interest in worship leadership regardless of major. By joining this organization you will have the opportunity to attend the annual conference each spring and benefit from fellowship and informational meetings each semester.

COLLEGIATE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

SBU's collegiate chapter of NafME introduces music education students to the world of professional music educators. In addition to regular on-campus meetings, you also will have the opportunity to attend the Missouri Music Educators Association in-service conference each January.

FACULTY ASSOCIATES

Marc Baker, Percussion

Delrae Glidwell, Music Education

Andy Johnston, Chamber Orchestra

Melissa Roberts, Piano, Theory

Tim Wootton, Trumpet

Regina Bruner, Clarinet

Carol Harrison, Violina, Viola

Angel McGlasson, Oboe

J.T. Rollins, Cello, Double Bass

 

Michelle Draper, Flute

Eric Jackson, French Horn

R. Catherine McMannis, Higher Ground

John Trew, Guitar

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas (keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually. Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:

Choral and Instrumental Scholarships — Participate in an assigned role in SBU ensembles
Keyboard Scholarships — Perform assigned accompanying duties for soloists and/or ensembles in the department

All scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

REPERTOIRE GUIDELINES

 

Church Music 4-Year Plans

Sample four-year plans vary according to your chosen primary applied area of study: Voice, Keyboard or Instrumental (Non-Keyboard). Course order may vary depending on which semester you enter and when certain courses are offered. See advisor for details. The plans are available for download here:

Church Music: Instrumental Plan

Church Music: Keyboard Plan

Church Music: Vocal Plan