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Traditional Worship

Overview

The Traditional Worship emphasis, Bachelor of Music is designed to prepare students to reach the body of worshipers in evangelical churches with a traditional worship style. It equips them with a foundation of theology and a variety of skills in music, including areas of conducting, arranging, and building choirs and orchestras of all ages. It includes training in sound systems, acoustics, and design. A significant component, the area of leadership and organization, enables students to have good interpersonal relationships with staff and provides hands-on experience with an internship in a local church. Students are prepared for more specialized graduate study in music or Christian ministry.

This is a professional degree designed for those with a strong music background who anticipate a vocation in music. It prepares candidates for comprehensive musicianship and performance skills for graduate school and a variety of music careers. Students must demonstrate satisfactory ability and preparation to be considered for the degree and must show adequate progress by the end of the sophomore year to continue in the B.M. program.

The School of Music provides performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, as well as granting individual attention and a variety of experiences. Applied music courses (private lessons, ensembles, etc.) are available to all students of the University for active participation and the development of individual musical skills. We create an atmosphere for the entire student body that is conducive to cultural growth and an appreciation for the fine arts. We aim to offer a well-balanced scope of many styles of music and opportunities for exposure to those styles.

Students also benefit from an acoustically mastered recital hall that is flexible for rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions, in addition to 15 Wenger sound-proof practice rooms, including some V-rooms with built-in emulation of larger environments. Students have access to 33 pianos, two organs, and two harpsichords. The Master’s University music facilities include the most recent music notation and sequencing software programs. The state-of-the-art recording facility is integrated into the recital hall. This all-digital room is anchored by a 32-fader ICON D-Control work surface and features an industry-standard Avid Pro Tools HDX2 system with a variety of plugins and outboard processing. The studio is used for classes as well as school ensemble projects, allowing audio technology students to put their knowledge to the test in a real-world studio recording context.

Ensembles:

  • • The Master’s Chorale
  • • Wind Ensemble
  • • Women’s Chamber Choir
  • • Handbells
  • • Chamber Strings
  • • University Singers
  • • The Master’s University Orchestra
  • • Opera Workshop

Other Ensembles include Piano Ensembles, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles including a String Quartet, Brass Quartet and Woodwind Quintet, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, Vocal Jazz Quartet, and Barbershop Quartet.

Music fulfills what nothing else can satisfy. It fosters creativity, confidence, and community responsibility while promoting diligence and multicultural understanding. Music equips the mind and the spirit and produces skills that transfer to all areas of life.

Dr. Paul T. Plew, Dean of the School of Music

Next Steps: Applying

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide. School of Music applicants must audition for entrance.

Requirements:

  • Required statement of faith and pastoral recommendation
  • 3.6 GPA average for new applications

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