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Worship Arts Leadership Minor

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Curriculum

The Worship Arts Leadership minor is a Christ College program that includes a variety of Theology, Music, and Art classes.

For students with Music Education, Liberal Arts, or Performance emphasis in the Music Major.

  • Worship Arts Leadership
  • 26-27 Units
  • MU___ 101-401: Applied Music Instruction
  • 1

Applied Music Instruction

  • MUS 482: Music Cultures: Musical Expression in Christianity
  • 3

This course will survey of the role, development, and function of music in the Christian church from its roots in the Old Testament to the present day, with attention given to biblical, theological, social, and cultural considerations. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 484: Planning Music in Christian Worship
  • 2

A practical study of planning music within the worship service will be presented in this course as students draw upon their experiences in theology, worship, history, arranging, performance, and repertoire courses to create and evaluate worship forms in today's church. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 331, MUS 471, MUS 481, and MUS 482/THL 482, MUS 483/THL 483, and MUS 485/THL 485 are also suggested. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 485: Contemporary Christian Song
  • 2

This survey course that will look at the development and function of contemporary Christian music appropriate for use within both liturgical and non-liturgical worship services as students draw upon their experiences in theology, music, and worship courses and learn to select and evaluate contemporary music appropriate for a Lutheran-Christian worship context. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 482/THL 482 and MUS 483/THL 483 are also suggested.

  • THL 281: Introduction to Worship Arts
  • 1

This course will provide an overview of the contemporary worship arts profession and its methods and principles including the study and evaluation of worship services in churches of various sizes and denominations; technologies, equipment, and tools that support worship arts programming; common worship band principles; approaches used in service planning; and the use of dance, drama, and visual arts.

  • THL 371: Christian Doctrine and Confessions I
  • 3

This introductory course in systematic and confessional theology will cover theological method, revelation and Scripture, Law and Gospel, the Triune God and His attributes, humanity and sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ as the God/man, with an emphasis on key biblical material and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions.

  • THL 372: Christian Doctrine and Confessions II
  • 3

This introductory course in systematic and confessional theology will cover the work of Christ, the person and the work of the Holy Spirit, the church and eschatology with an emphasis on key biblical materials and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions. Prerequisite: THL 371.

  • THL 381: Worship Arts Ministry
  • 3

This course will look at the theology, methods, and principles for leading a worship arts ministry including the evaluation and development of working definitions for 'contemporary' worship; planning worship services for varied congregational settings; worship ministry in the context of congregational change; values that shape worship ministry programming; the role of technology; and the application of a theology of worship in cultivating a character of leadership. Prerequisite: MUS 281 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • THL 382: Corporate Worship
  • 3

Through an examination of the theology of corporate worship as it is taught in Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and how it has developed throughout the history of the church, this course will look at the criteria for preparing and evaluating worship services in today’s church. Prerequisite: CTHL 101, CTHL 200, or equivalent.

  • Choose a combination of courses below to equal 2-3 units:
  • ARTG 270: Digital Publishing
  • 3

In this course students will develop page layout skills utilizing composition and typographic principles while learning to use Adobe InDesign and the creation of images in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, including text to produce flyers, posters, newsletters, magazines, brochures, calendars, etc.

  • ARTG 271: Digital Image Manipulation
  • 3

Students will become proficient using Adobe Photoshop in this course, including its applications in graphic design, advertising, web design, animation, and multimedia. Examination of the ways in which complex ideas and messages can be interpreted and represented in visual form will also be included. A lab fee is required.

  • MUS 215: Music Technology
  • 1

This course will introduce the electronic tools for music making including CD mastering, sequencing, recording, and score production. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 221: Beginning Conducting
  • 2

As a beginning study in the craft of conducting, this course will include the basic beat patterns, preparatory and release gestures, and simple non-verbal stylistic cues. Students will conduct a musical ensemble composed of class members.

  • MUS 441: Handbell Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This course will study the organization and directing of handbell programs: · the one (1)-unit course includes a philosophy of handbell ringing, methods for beginning ringers, materials and equipment, recruitment, and handbell literature for school and church. · The two (2)-unit course adds literature, curriculum, and methods for more advanced ringers, small ensembles, and solos. · The three (3)-unit course adds work in composition and arranging for handbells as well as advanced conducting. Prerequisites for one (1) or two (2) units: Experience with handbell ringing and familiarity with musical notation; for the three (3)-unit course: MUS 202 and MUS 221.

  • MUS 382: Contemporary Worship Ensemble Leadership
  • 3

This course will study and apply worship band ensemble leadership principles including the development of an intentional leadership team; the audition process; rehearsal techniques for band and vocal teams; arranging and writing lead sheets and rhythm charts; and the role and direction of a praise choir, organization, and spiritual leadership. Prerequisites: THL 281 and THL 381 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 461: Music for Children
  • 3

This course will enable students to identify, understand, and work with the music capabilities of children. The three (3)-unit course is required for music education and liberal studies majors and others interested in developing school music curricula and/or other special skills and projects. The two (2)-unit course is available to others primarily interested in preparing musical activities and cultivating classroom teaching skills. Basic music reading ability and musical experience recommended.

  • MUS 471: Choral Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This advanced choral music methods course will focus on repertoire, rehearsal management, advanced conducting techniques, vocal pedagogy, planning, and administration. Prerequisites: MUS 202and MUS 222 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • THR 261: Acting I
  • 3

As an introduction to basic acting techniques, this course will examine ways to construct the interior, physical, and vocal life of a character, teach warm-up procedures and staging principles including scene analysis, performance of monologues, and improvisations. There may be an additional charge for field trips.

Music Majors with a Church Music Concentration

For music majors with a church music concentration.

  • Worship Arts Leadership Minor
  • 22-23 Units
  • MUS 484: Planning Music in Christian Worship
  • 2

A practical study of planning music within the worship service will be presented in this course as students draw upon their experiences in theology, worship, history, arranging, performance, and repertoire courses to create and evaluate worship forms in today's church. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 331, MUS 471, MUS 481, and MUS 482/THL 482, MUS 483/THL 483, and MUS 485/THL 485 are also suggested. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 485: Contemporary Christian Song
  • 2

This survey course that will look at the development and function of contemporary Christian music appropriate for use within both liturgical and non-liturgical worship services as students draw upon their experiences in theology, music, and worship courses and learn to select and evaluate contemporary music appropriate for a Lutheran-Christian worship context. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 482/THL 482 and MUS 483/THL 483 are also suggested.

  • THL 281: Introduction to Worship Arts
  • 1

This course will provide an overview of the contemporary worship arts profession and its methods and principles including the study and evaluation of worship services in churches of various sizes and denominations; technologies, equipment, and tools that support worship arts programming; common worship band principles; approaches used in service planning; and the use of dance, drama, and visual arts.

  • THL 371: Christian Doctrine and Confessions I
  • 3

This introductory course in systematic and confessional theology will cover theological method, revelation and Scripture, Law and Gospel, the Triune God and His attributes, humanity and sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ as the God/man, with an emphasis on key biblical material and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions.

  • THL 372: Christian Doctrine and Confessions II
  • 3

This introductory course in systematic and confessional theology will cover the work of Christ, the person and the work of the Holy Spirit, the church and eschatology with an emphasis on key biblical materials and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions. Prerequisite: THL 371.

  • THL 381: Worship Arts Ministry
  • 3

This course will look at the theology, methods, and principles for leading a worship arts ministry including the evaluation and development of working definitions for 'contemporary' worship; planning worship services for varied congregational settings; worship ministry in the context of congregational change; values that shape worship ministry programming; the role of technology; and the application of a theology of worship in cultivating a character of leadership. Prerequisite: MUS 281 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • THL 382: Corporate Worship
  • 3

Through an examination of the theology of corporate worship as it is taught in Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and how it has developed throughout the history of the church, this course will look at the criteria for preparing and evaluating worship services in today’s church. Prerequisite: CTHL 101, CTHL 200, or equivalent.

  • THL 429: Biblical Theology and Exegesis
  • 3

Through an intensive study of the major themes of the Old and New Testaments, this course will introduce and apply the tools and principles of exegesis and hermeneutics with special emphasis on deriving Law and Gospel principles for use in congregational ministry. Prerequisite: THL 201 and THL 202 or concurrent enrollment.

  • Choose a combination of courses below to equal 2-3 units:
  • ARTG 270: Digital Publishing
  • 3

In this course students will develop page layout skills utilizing composition and typographic principles while learning to use Adobe InDesign and the creation of images in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, including text to produce flyers, posters, newsletters, magazines, brochures, calendars, etc.

  • ARTG 271: Digital Image Manipulation
  • 3

Students will become proficient using Adobe Photoshop in this course, including its applications in graphic design, advertising, web design, animation, and multimedia. Examination of the ways in which complex ideas and messages can be interpreted and represented in visual form will also be included. A lab fee is required.

  • MUS 221: Beginning Conducting
  • 2

As a beginning study in the craft of conducting, this course will include the basic beat patterns, preparatory and release gestures, and simple non-verbal stylistic cues. Students will conduct a musical ensemble composed of class members.

  • MUS 215: Music Technology
  • 1

This course will introduce the electronic tools for music making including CD mastering, sequencing, recording, and score production. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 382: Contemporary Worship Ensemble Leadership
  • 3

This course will study and apply worship band ensemble leadership principles including the development of an intentional leadership team; the audition process; rehearsal techniques for band and vocal teams; arranging and writing lead sheets and rhythm charts; and the role and direction of a praise choir, organization, and spiritual leadership. Prerequisites: THL 281 and THL 381 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 441: Handbell Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This course will study the organization and directing of handbell programs: · the one (1)-unit course includes a philosophy of handbell ringing, methods for beginning ringers, materials and equipment, recruitment, and handbell literature for school and church. · The two (2)-unit course adds literature, curriculum, and methods for more advanced ringers, small ensembles, and solos. · The three (3)-unit course adds work in composition and arranging for handbells as well as advanced conducting. Prerequisites for one (1) or two (2) units: Experience with handbell ringing and familiarity with musical notation; for the three (3)-unit course: MUS 202 and MUS 221.

  • MUS 461: Music for Children
  • 3

This course will enable students to identify, understand, and work with the music capabilities of children. The three (3)-unit course is required for music education and liberal studies majors and others interested in developing school music curricula and/or other special skills and projects. The two (2)-unit course is available to others primarily interested in preparing musical activities and cultivating classroom teaching skills. Basic music reading ability and musical experience recommended.

  • MUS 471: Choral Methods and Repertoire
  • 3

This advanced choral music methods course will focus on repertoire, rehearsal management, advanced conducting techniques, vocal pedagogy, planning, and administration. Prerequisites: MUS 202and MUS 222 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • THR 261: Acting I
  • 3

As an introduction to basic acting techniques, this course will examine ways to construct the interior, physical, and vocal life of a character, teach warm-up procedures and staging principles including scene analysis, performance of monologues, and improvisations. There may be an additional charge for field trips.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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