SCHOOL OF RELIGIOUS ARTS (MUSIC)

The Religious Arts program seeks to develop students’ God-given talents by training skilled musicians for Christian service, fostering aesthetic discernment in varying styles of music and providing opportunities for performing, creating and serving God and the community through music. The Religious arts degree is a general liberal arts degree for the worship service and serving God.

Every courses focuses also on the practical aspects of putting theory into practice in the Christian Missionary real world. A major may take a variety of professional courses to fulfill the required program of study for Christian Serve and Missionary purpose.

The Religious Arts Program is designed to prepare the student to serve church and Ministry, And to help the student to obtain the knowledge and skills needed for church and biblical mission in the evangelism field for God

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Religious Arts is to provide undergraduate and graduate student the opportunity to participate in a Religious Arts Education under the instruction of highly qualified instructors devoted to serving and developing the talents of our student today for the Glory of God

Religious Arts exists to foster the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of its students through courses in the humanities. We encourage our students to dream, to think critically, creatively, and insightfully, and to engage in their own lives, their communities, and the world.

Within our individual academic disciplines, we seek to create learning communities that will inspire and equip students to become the best, most independent, confident, and competent people they can be.

The mission of the School of Arts is to develop in each student cognitive and creative language and artistic skills that allow for human thought and communication in the expression of ideas, emotions, and aesthetics. We believe that students more fully develop their own aesthetic and intellectual voice by knowing and experiencing the perspectives and values of others. These goals involve crossing cultural, philosophical, and artistic boundaries. As faculty and students, we seek to understand ourselves and others through our individual creative works and ideas as we become agents of our own lives.

It is clear to us that the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of each student benefits the students and the world at large. Through our teaching, research, creativity, and service, we are committed to giving our students the tools to be informed citizens in a global society guided by democratic principles, as well as to succeed professionally. With this in mind, we seek to stimulate rather than suppress, challenge rather than confirm, create rather than imitate.

 

Vision Statement

We aspire to create a school where different disciplines of the arts work hand in hand, supporting and strengthening one another, and our goal is to use the arts to minister to churches, the community, and the world

Religious Arts is actively committed to sustaining the excellence of our programs. We further commit ourselves to make them flexible, versatile, and comprehensive in order to meet the needs of our students.

We will continue to recruit and retain students and to enhance their progress toward graduation and their success in employment, further study, life and religious society. Affirming the importance of intellectual inquiry as a shared pursuit, we will also seek to enhance our collaborative efforts, reaching out more effectively to others, including our own school members, as well as our alumni, the community. Our dean, coordinators, faculty, and staff will continue to work together consistently and conscientiously to examine our plans, methods, and strategies. In the spirit of this self-examination, we will position our assessment within the framework of the larger academic community.

 

 

Program Objective

 

The objectives of the Religious Arts are:

1. Acquire knowledge of rules and skill regulating church about Christian music practices for Biblical Mission

 

2. Articulate the history, trends, and philosophies of service church and Mission

 

3. structured to nurture that passion in a supportive and faith based environment, bringing out the best in our students as they prepare for church and mission in music

 

4. Acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases of music

5. Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to Christian music

6. Acquire serve worship techniques common to music

 

 

Bachelor of Religious Arts

Do you sense God's call upon your life to lead worship? Today's local churches need both music ministers and worship leaders to take charge of a multi-faceted, changing ministry. These ministries no longer require personnel exclusively equipped as musicians. They require professionals who have broad experience in worship teaching, worship training, team management and discipleship, worship evangelism, principles of marketing, beauty and music.

Our Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Worship Studies offers core music courses to develop your musical skills, while also giving you six core worship courses in order to prepare you to be a biblically grounded worship leader. The program of study also includes practical internships, and the involvement in music ensembles throughout the course of the degree.

We, as believers, have an even higher calling toward excellence as we bring our gifts of choral and instrumental music not only for the enjoyment of our audiences, but also as an offering before the Lord. Just as our Creator God does all things well, we who are created in His image are to pursue that same excellence in all that we are called to do – pursuing excellence with the same passion that God pursues us

 

Admission Requirement

 

Students seeking admission to Bachelor of Religious Arts program must provide an official transcript of their high school or college record and Personal Statement. Anyone possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent meets the basic requirement for ad-mission to the program.

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • Copy of high school diploma and/or official transcript (or equivalent)

  • Secondary school and college-level transcripts (if applicable)

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Bachelor of Religious Arts degree when they fulfill the following program requirements:

  • General education and Religious studies course requirements: 57 semester units

  • Major requirements: 33 units

  • Elective requirements: 30 units

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 120 semester units

 

 

General Education and Religious studies Requirement: 63 Units

GEB101

Intro to the Bible

3 Units

GEB102

Life in Bible Times

3

GEB103

Introduction to the New Testament

3

GEB104

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

GEB105

Introduction to Worship Service

3

GEB106

Introduction to Counseling

3

GEB107

Introduction to Missiology

3

GEB108

Spiritual Life in Community

3

GEB109

Oral Communication

3

GEB110

Introduction to Literature

3

GEB111

Counseling Psychology

3

GEB112

Biblical Interpretation

3

GEB113

Intro to the Torah

3

GEB201

Church Minister to Adults 

 

GEB202

Church Administration

 

GEB203

Introduction to Christian Education 

 

GEB204

Evangelism

 

GEB205

Missions

 

GEB206

Introduction to Sociology 

 

GEB207

Introduction to Ethics 

 

GEB208

Introduction to Philosophy

 

 

Major requirement: 33 units

RAB301

Music Fundamentals

3 Units

RAB302

Music Theory

3

RAB303

Church Music Philosophy

3

RAB304

Survey of Music Literature

3

RAB305

Introduction to World Music

3

RAB306

Planning Contemporary Worship

3

RAB307

Applied Ethnomusicology

3

RAB308

Church Music Arranging

3

RAB309

Form and Analysis

3

RAB310

Current Practices in Worship Leading

3

RAB311

Instrumental Performance Literature

3

 

Elective Requirement: 42 Units

RAB401

Church Music Ministries

3 Units

RAB402

Church Music Internship

3

RAB403

Vocal Pedagogy

3

RAB404

The Song of the Church

3

RAB405

Leading the Children’s Choir

2

RAB406

Early Childhood Music Ministries

3

RAB407

Creative Worship in the Contemporary Church

3

RAB408

Worship Songwriting Workshop

3

RAB409

Ear Training and Sight Singing

3

RAB410

Church Music and Hymnology

3

RAB411

Special Methods in the Teaching of Music

3

RAB412

Independent Study in Music Education

3

RAB413

Worship Leadership

 

RAB414

Conducting

 

 

 

Course Description (Bachelor of Religious Arts)

 

GEB101 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB102 Life in Bible Times (3 units)

This course introduces students to the resources and methodological principles for studying and applying the finds of Bible backgrounds as an integral part of the process of biblical interpretation. Emphasis is given to the geography, history, and culture of the ancient Near East for the Old Testament and the Jewish and Greco-Roman world for the New Testament. This course can be credited as a Bible elective (OT or NT), with the exception of Biblical Studies majors. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB103 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB101

 

GEB104 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB101

 

GEB105 Introduction to Worship Service (3 units)

This course provides a framework for thinking together about vital and faithful Christian worship by exploring the Biblical and theological foundations of worship, reviewing the ways the church’s praise has been shaped over the centuries, and analyzing today’s worship spectrum. Key elements in the practice and leadership of worship will be explored including the ordering of worship, the role of prayer and music, and models of collaborative worship planning. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB106 Introduction to Counseling (3 units)

Recommended as initial course in a student’s program to serve as an introduction to the counseling profession. Roles of counselors and related professionals in various settings are presented. Professional goals and objectives; trends; professional associations; ethical and legal issues; history; credentialing; preparation standards for counselors; and essential interviewing and counseling skills, characteristics, and behaviors that influence helping processes are explored. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB107 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB103, GEB104

 

GEB108 Spiritual Life in Community (3 units)

What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB109 Oral Communication (3 units)

This one-semester basic course in speech is designed to develop each student's ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and social life. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of formal speeches, but many areas of the communication process are explored. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB110 Introduction to Literature (3 units)

An introduction to reading and analyzing these primary genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. The course may also include creative nonfiction. Students will respond critically to readings of different historical and cultural contexts through class discussion and written work. These contexts may include different world views, politics, classes, ethnicity, races, genders, and sexual orientations. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB111 Counseling Psychology (3 units)

Introduction to the practices and concepts of counseling. Theories of counseling are covered along with basic principles necessary to understand the role of the counselor. The applicability of counseling theories to male and female clients from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and across the life span is examined. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB112 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)

A study of the methods of interpretation of the Bible with special attention to textual, historical and theological issues. . This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB113 Intro to the Torah (3 units)

An introduction to the first five books of Moses in the Hebrew Bible. Course will focus on the texts individually as well as corporately within the canon. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: GEB104

 

GEB201 Church Minister to Adults (3 units)

This course is a study of the minister’s skills in church operations with attention given to such functions as funerals, the Lord’s Supper, weddings, baptisms, and dedications.. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB202 Church Administration (3 units)

This course is designed to hopefully get everyone on the same page so the church can accomplish the fulfilling of the Great Commission. Many new books and ideas are current to help us be more effective spreading the message with the same time honored commitments. Key among them are such books as Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Church.” Though the heart may be in the right place, the head may need some help. Developing good management skills will certainly not hurt and will hopefully help. Organization and leadership skills will be of paramount consideration. Many of the churches you and I are associated with are by nature and history small, but they do not all have to stay that way. With the understanding that much church administration will be done in a small rural, suburban or urban setting, leadership development will equip the pastor for that role, all the while hoping for the day when the smaller local church will blossom and have a far reaching ministry and impact. Some few will either be assigned a larger, more prestigious church or grow one with the blessings of charisma, skill and the Lord. This course and instructor can do little about the first and the last, but the skills acquired will undoubtedly be adequate for the confident leadership in small, medium and larger sized congregations. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB203 Introduction to Christian Education (3 units)

An introduction to the aims, methods and principles of Christian education, with special note given to educational-mission the field. Includes practice in planning the religious educational activities of the rural church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB204 Evangelism (3 units)

This course is designed to prepare every student to share his/her faith boldly, without fear, in any and every situation publicly and privately; in addition, students will be prepared to teach and lead others in the biblical pursuit of evangelism for the glory of God. The course involves instructor-led evangelism outings outside the classroom. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB205 Missions (3 units)

A course designed to introduce the student to the biblical, theological, historical, and practical bases for Christian missions. Special attention is given to contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions. Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB206 Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students also explore the influence of social class and social institutions, such as churches, education, healthcare, government, economy, and environment. The family as a social structure is also examined. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB207 Introduction to Ethics (3 units)

This course provides an introduction to those problems of philosophy that are problems of moral philosophy, or ethics. We will begin by examining certain problems that arise when we try to make moral judgments: problems such as cultural relativism (“What’s right for us is not necessarily right for them”), subjectivism (“What’s right for me is not necessarily right for you”), and the role of religion in morality (e.g., “What’s right is just what God says is right”). Second, we will consider several historically important and still-prominent theoretical approaches to ethics that purport (most of them, anyway) to provide systematic procedures for answering questions about right and wrong. In the third and final part of the course we will consider more concretely a variety of important moral issues such as famine relief, animal rights, euthanasia, and abortion. Throughout, we will seek not so much to form judgments about specific moral issues—most of us do that on our own anyway, albeit with varying degrees of certitude—but to improve our thinking about the considerations that may count as reasons for and against the moral judgments we are tempted to make. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

GEB208 Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB301 Music Fundamentals (3 units)

Students will learn the elements of music: pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, chord construction, ear training, and solfege. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB302 Music Theory (3 units)

Elements of music, four-part writing, composition and improvisation, sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony will be studied. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB303 Church Music Philosophy (3 units)

Students will study the biblical principles of music in ministry. Objectives are developed and criteria are established for evaluating the total church music program, with special emphasis on worship and evangelism. A comparative study of liturgies is included. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB304 Survey of Music Literature (3 units)

A historical approach to the literature of music of Western civilization and related visual arts, with a general overview of composers and their styles to the present will be covered. An introduction to world music will be included. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB305 Introduction to World Music (3 units)

Students will study and analyze the music of ethnic/people groups by examining cultural traditions, belief systems, and practices of world cultures. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB306 Planning Contemporary Worship (3 units)

Students will learn how to plan worship services using a wide range of materials, including music styles from praise choruses to hymnody, drama, technical support, and visual elements. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: RAB302

 

RAB307 Applied Ethnomusicology (3 units)

Students will be exposed to the ideas and tools for cross-cultural music ministry. Topics include ethnomusicology research, planning for cross-cultural music ministry, setting up music workshops, strategies for developing and disseminating indigenous Christian music, and more. The focus is on learning to empower a group of people to create culturally appropriate Christian music and to use it successfully in evangelism, worship, and church planting. Real-life case studies from around the world will be considered to determine what sociocultural factors will encourage or impede the development of indigenous Christian music. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: RAB305

 

RAB308 Church Music Arranging (3 units)

The process of arranging music for church will be studied. Students will write arrangements for a variety of settings and instruments. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: RAB302

 

RAB309 Form and Analysis (3 units)

This is a study of basic structures and procedures of musical compositions. Historical contexts and practical applications for performance are emphasized. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB310 Current Practices in Worship Leading (3 units)

A hands-on study of how to rehearse and arrange for small contemporary ensembles, this course incorporates voice, instrument, and rhythm sections. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB311 Instrumental Performance Literature (3 units)

In this survey course, students will review instrumental materials available for performing and teaching from various styles and periods. Music for the church service is emphasized along with the specialized needs of the student. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB401 Church Music Ministries (3 units)

Designed to give the developing church musician the tools for effective service in the pastoral ministry of music in the local church, students learn skills in administration and organization, as well as oversight of children’s and youth choir programs, rhythm sections, sound systems, and handbell ensembles. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: RAB308

 

RAB402 Church Music Internship (3 units)

This is a summation course for the Bachelor of Religious Arts. It is designed to help students discern their potential in vocational music ministry, while providing a group context to exchange experiences from internship assignments. An acceptable internship assignment is a supervised church-related ministry that encompasses a full year. It must include no less than a semester of supervised observational experience and a semester of supervised practical experiences. The required time commitment at the church is six to eight hours per week. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB403 Vocal Pedagogy (3 units)

This course is designed to acquaint the prospective voice teacher with the science of vocal instruction and to guide that future teacher into the establishment of an individual pedagogical technique. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB404 The Song of the Church (3 units)

This is a survey of congregational song for Christian worship in the context of the history of the church, with consideration of the Psalms and other hymns in Scripture, Greek and Latin hymns, hymns of the Reformation, English and American hymns, the gospel song, and modern trends in hymn writing. Standards for the analysis and evaluation of hymns, hymn tunes, and hymnals are developed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB405 Leading the Children’s Choir (3 units)

This will involve strategies for the successful leading of children’s choirs. Included are examination of purposes for children’s music ministry, gaining knowledge regarding music curricula, developing techniques for the leading of children’s ensembles, and engaging with the principles of administration. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB406 Early Childhood Music Ministries (3 units)

Students will be prepared to minister to young children in a church or Christian preschool setting by studying music curricula and methods that integrate Christian songs, folk songs, Bible stories, and movement. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB407 Creative Worship in the Contemporary Church (3 units)

This course teaches how to craft a theologically relevant service; overseeing the sound and media; clarifying the role of visual media; building a team and managing rehearsals; working with the band; relating to the pastor. Emphasis on skill development and student projects. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB408 Worship Songwriting Workshop (3 units)

A workshop for Christian singer/songwriters, in which students write and perform original material. Emphasis is placed on the song as the vehicle of worship and devotion. Students learn to express a personal statement to the congregation. Songs and performances are critiqued by the instructor and the class. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB409 Ear Training and Sight Singing (3 units)

Sight singing is designed to introduce the student to the practical use of ear training through sight singing activities based on melodic patterns derived from the major scale. The course consists of the singing of the ascending patterns of the major scale leading to step wise melodic motives such as the lower and upper tetra chords of the scale, and later such melodic motives are permuted  as follows: drmf, drfm, dmrf, dmfr, dfmr, dfrm, e.t.c and sung in call and response form. Permuted melodic patterns of the major scale offer ample opportunities for sight singing examples as they may appear in choral and other types of music. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB410 Church Music and Hymnology (3 units)

A study of Christian music hymnody from Biblical times, as well as African Music for Christian Worship and consideration of principles for guidance in the selection of available material for use in worship.  A study of contemporary issues in the use of sacred music in worship; congregations, Pastors and musicians; the purpose of church music; the Church and culture; Church music and discipleship; Music ministry and study of Music . This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: RAB404

 

RAB411 Special Methods in the Teaching of Music (3 units)

The course examines methods and materials for the teaching of music in schools. It includes philosophy and psychology of music education, music curriculum development, innovation, dissemination and diffusion, a general survey of a variety of teaching models and their application in the teaching of music; and the development of learning aids. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: RAB301, RAB302

 

RAB412 Independent Study in Music Education (3 units)

This is a research project planned with a sponsoring faculty member, with permission of the instructor. The student chooses a topic related to classroom teaching and writes an original dissertation showing methods and strategies of teaching the topic chosen. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB413 Worship Leadership (3 units)

This course is a study of the philosophies of, as well as the practical skills involved in, worship leading, service planning, creating a worship band and vocal team, as well as rehearsal techniques. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAB414 Conducting (3 units)

This course exposes the student to a more demanding repertoire that includes changing meters, hybrid meters, orchestral scores, and changing tempos. Choral tone is also studied in depth. A major choral project constitutes the bulk of the workload. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

 

Master of Religious Arts

Program Description

Master of Religious Arts program offers courses help serve worship, evangelism, ministry in Religious Arts. Worship planning and leadership are not simply questions of which Christian music to select. New worship styles emerge with each generation. Ministerial leadership in such an environment requires well-grounded theological and musical understanding. Ministers of music and worship are ministers first and foremost. Interpreting the current environment and leading with biblical and theological integrity is as important for the minister of music as it is for the pastor. This program will prepare the minister of music to take on the musical and theological responsibilities of service in music ministry.

 

 

Admission Requirement

 

Anyone possessing a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

 

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • College-level transcript which indicates bachelor degree is granted

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 2.75)

  • Copy of bachelor Certificate of Graduation

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Master of Religious Arts degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

 

  • Religious core studies: 6 units

  • Major requirements: 12 units

  • Elective requirements: 6 units

  • Thesis 6 units or elective 6 units requirement

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 30 semester units

 

 

Religious core studies: 12 units

RCM501

Intro to the Bible

3 Units

RCM502

Introduction to the New Testament

3

RCM503

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

RCM504

Introduction to Missiology

3

 

Major requirement: 12 units

RAM601

Music Fundamentals

3 Units

RAM602

Music & Worship Ministry

3

RAM603

Arranging & Composition for Christian music

3

RAM604

Contemporary Music & Performance Practices

3

 

Elective Requirement: 21 Units

RAM701

Music Team Leadership

3 Units

RAM702

Music Education

3

RAM703

Music History and Literature

3

RAM704

Introduction to Music Technology of church

3

RAM705

Live Design and Staging

3

RAM706

Music Theory/Creative Methods

3

RAM707

Integration Seminar

3

 

 

Course Description (Master of Religious Arts)

 

RCM501 Intro to the Bible (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible.  We will survey the central characters and events of biblical history, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss key theological themes emphasized within the Bible.  Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines.  The entire Bible – both Old and New Testaments – will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM502 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM503 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RCM504 Introduction to Missiology (3 units)

Missiology is the science of mission. It combines intercultural studies, anthropology, history, cross-cultural communications and theology. This introductory overview of the church's global mission will include a look at biblical motivations, historical background and current strategies. This course does not seek to transform everyone into a global missionary. It will, however, seek to motivate everyone to be a mobilizer for the cause of world evangelism. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAM601 Music Fundamentals (3 units)

This course introduces the student to staff notation, scales, intervals, and chord structure. Some basic sight-singing and ear training will be included. This course focuses on the development of skills in the areas of sight-reading and ear training. An introduction to 17th and 18th century harmony is included. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM602 Music & Worship Ministry (3 units)

This is a comprehensive study of the various areas of church music/worship ministry, sacred music, acoustics, musical trends, and administration. The course equips the student with practical suggestions and ideas for working with various age groups. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM603 Arranging & Composition for Christian music (3 units) 

Students enrolled in this course study two, three, and four part choral writing and arranging. Writing accompaniments as well as writing for the acappella choir are included. Projects are geared to individual student interest for worship music and Christian music. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAM601

 

RAM604 Contemporary Music & Performance Practices (3 units) 

Topics addressed in this course include distinguishing features and performance nuances of various contemporary styles such as ska, hip-hop, pop-rock, swing, rhythm and blues, songo, fusion, and country. The specific roles of instruments and voices in each style are examined. Lectures, live demonstrations, audio and video recordings, and student performances are integral elements of the course. Students are expected to recognize, understand, and properly perform many different contemporary styles for serve worship, evangelism and music ministry. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM701 Music Team Leadership (3 units)

A practical course in the organization and techniques of effective team rehearsals and performances. This course will develop your musical ear and your up-front leadership skills to efficiently and effectively accomplish the desired musical, artistic, spiritual and communal outcomes. Through tested and trending models students will be equipped with practical solutions to lead artists in various genres and to correct common musical issues. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM702 Music Education (3 units)

This course offerings in music education help to prepare our graduates to teach others in turn to become excellent musicians. Our graduates have been trained in best practices to coach volunteer team members, or teach applied music lessons, including how to establish a private teaching studio. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAM601, RAM602

 

RAM703 Music History and Literature (3 units)

All music students receive significant exposure to contemporary musical literature for worship, as well as traditional music presented within its historical and cultural context, including non-western cultures. Musicological studies here cover standard classical literature, but all courses are slanted toward music that would be useful in the church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM704 Introduction to Music Technology of church (3 units) 

A lab-course introduction to various forms of technology arts, particularly as applied in music and worship ministry in the church. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM705 Live Design and Staging (3 units) 

This course providing hands on experience in stage design and set building. Also an overviewof current tools and trends in lighting technologies appropriate for various worship venues. Includes virtual environment, presentation software and video applications. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM706 Music Theory/ Creative Methods (3 units)

Music theory involves a thorough presentation of traditional theory, with emphasis on practical application for the contemporary worship musician. Music creation, including improvisation, songwriting, composition, arranging and recording are essential parts of our curricular offerings. Placement for music theory is done with written and aural testing at the time of audition for the program. All degree candidates must demonstrate an ability to read music before beginning applied lessons in their major area. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAM707 Integration Seminar (3 units)

An interdisciplinary capstone course designed to integrate all parts of the curriculum, including all aspects of music, as well as Bible, theology, humanities and professional studies. Especially focuses on writing about music, and applying various cross-sections of the curriculum through class assignments and individual projects. This course is designed and practice for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAM601, RAM602, RAM604

 

 

 

Doctor of Religious Arts

Program Description

The Doctor of Religious Arts engages doctoral students in a dynamic scholarly learning community, focusing on critical reflection in the arts for mission and evangelism as a locus of religious meaning. Our graduates work in the areas of ministry and faith traditions, in Christian academic, religious, church and Christian institutions.

This program intended to prepare students for professional careers in serve worship, Christian teaching, Mission, Evangelist, Ministry and scholarship, as well as for leadership opportunities with religious organizations and in Christian educational institutions.

This program places theological or religious studies in the context of university research disciplines, and students are required to engage such a discipline in order to provide an additional critical and theoretical dimension to their work. Most students pursue this dimension of their program by working with a faculty member.

This program has a specific theological emphasis, and is designed for students whose intellectual goals will gain focus through a theologically-defined academic lens.

This program provide religious degree an emphasis in Worship and Music Ministry, student will study with instructors who are scholars, musicians, and practitioners in the church, who will help student think biblically about the role of music in worship.

The Doctor Religious Arts Degrees program is dedicated to training students in Church music ministry and worship leadership and multidisciplinary study programs. The purposes of This program are: (1) to train those who are interested in gaining proficiency in music as a professional/non-professional musician, and (2) to provide those who are interested in church music, both theological and liturgical. And provides students with practical performance skills as well as training in listening, conducting, teaching, and music composition for ministry and evangelism.

 

 

Admission Requirement

 

Anyone possessing a master’s degree or its equivalent meets the basic academic requirement for admission to the program. An Application File must include the following:

 

  • A completed and signed application form

  • Signed enrollment agreement form

  • College-level transcript which indicates master degree is granted

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate study. (A provisional admission status can be granted below GPA of 3.0)

  • Copy of master certificate of graduation

  • Personal statement (Childhood, vision, experiences and aspiring career path after graduation)

  • Passport Copy

 

Program Requirements

 

Students receive the Doctor of Religious Arts degree upon a successful fulfillment of the following program requirements:

 

  • Religious core studies: 6 units

  • Major requirements: 21 units

  • Elective requirements: 18 units

  • Dissertation: 12 units

  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 57 semester units

  • The program requires 45 units of course work, plus 12 units of a dissertation.

 

Religious core studies: 21 units

RCD801

Introduction to the New Testament

3 Units

RCD802

Introduction to the Old Testament

3

RCD803

Systematic Theology

3

RCD804

Biblical Foundations of Mission

3

RCD805

Revitalizing Church and Community

3

RCD806

Healthy Church & Church Growth

3

RCD807

Theology of Ministry

3

 

Major requirement: 21 units

RAD901

Music and Worship in the Biblical World

3 Units

RAD902

Introduction to Music Research and Writing

3

RAD903

Comparative Study in Worship Practice

3

RAD904

Advanced Studies in Church Music History

3

RAD905

The Theology of Contemporary Hymnody

3

RAD906

Music Education Research

3

RAD907

Music Theory and Skills

3

 

Elective Requirement: 39 Units

RAD908

Advanced Vocal Communication

3 Units

RAD909

Seminar in Church Music

3

RAD910

Philosophy of Church Music

3

RAD911

Graduate Composition Seminar

3

RAD912

Supervised Music Ministry

3

RAD913

Music in Missions

3

RAD914

Applied Ethnomusicology

3

RAD915

Music Missions Seminar and Practicum

3

RAD916

Biblical Foundations of Worship and Culture

3

RAD917

Church Music Education

3

RAD918

Arranging

3

RAD919

Research of Popular Styles on Music for Worship

3

RAD920

Doctoral Research and Writing

3

 

 

Course Description (Doctor of Religious Arts)

 

RCD801 Introduction to the New Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD802 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 units)

A chronological Introduction to the Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD803 Systematic Theology (3 units)

This course is to help the student gain, by his or her own efforts, a profound knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in comparison with other contemporary theologies. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD804 Biblical Foundations of Mission (3 units)

An advanced examination of the biblical and theological foundations of mission, encompassing the mission of God expressed in his relationship with his people, the mission of Jesus Christ, and the mission of the Church from Pentecost onward. This course also examines various modern theologies of mission from the evangelical perspective. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD805 Revitalizing Church and Community (3 units)

This course explores theories and theologies of congregational and community changes and transformation. Students will analyze how the changes occur and discover various methods church leaders can use in during the transformations in church and in community. The framework for these learning will be the student’s congregation in its social, political, economic, cultural and religious context. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD806 Healthy Church & Church Growth (3 units)

A survey of the biblical principles and crucial factors in church growth, including an analysis of theological, sociological, and missiological elements. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RCD807 Theology of Ministry (3 units)

This course seeks to equip students with theological foundations for church ministry. It offers students an opportunity to pursue theological inquiry in view of a ministry-specific need, problem or challenge they are facing. It serves as a research tool related to the student’s dissertation project, informing the theological/biblical foundations component. This course is designed for 3 units of theory for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD901 Music and Worship in the Biblical World (3 units) 

This seminar is a comprehensive study of the music, musicians, and instruments in Scripture. Special attention will be given to archaeological research in the field and implications for an understanding of worship in the biblical world. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD902 Introduction to Music Research and Writing (3 units) 

In this course students will be introduced to the literature and techniques of doctoral research in music. Special attention will be given to the development of research proposals and the presentation of research, including individual guidance in the form and style of research writing. The course must be taken during the student’s first year in the program. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD903 Comparative Study in Worship Practice (3 units)

A study is made of worship practices across a variety of Christian denominations and expressions, including Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Reformed, Methodist, Baptist, and Pentecostal. The seminar will feature a comparison of resources for corporate worship such as architecture, liturgy, and music. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD904 Advanced Studies in Church Music History (3 units)

This seminar is an advanced, comparative, and evaluative study of church music history, beginning with pre-Christian music, moving through music of the early church, and continuing through church music in the present era. Special attention will be given to discerning patterns in the development and evaluation of church music history. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD905 The Theology of Contemporary Hymnody (3 units)

This seminar examines the biblical doctrines addressed in published collections of contemporary Christian music. Special attention will be given to songs which were published since 2000 and are used in congregational worship. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAD906 Music Education Research (3 units)

This seminar will focus on the philosophical, historical, descriptive, experimental, and other variations of research employed in music education. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisites: None

 

RAD907 Music Theory and Skills (3 units)

An introduction to the basic principles of organizing and performing music. Includes the study of rhythm, pitch, scales, and melodic construction. An in-depth study of the diatonic vocabulary of the common practice period. Skills corroborate theory with studies and practice in melodic and harmonic dictation, sight singing, score reading, rhythmic reading, listening, and vocabulary. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD908 Advanced Vocal Communication (3 units)

Students learn methods and techniques of vocal production, particularly as they relate to choral singing. Advanced principles of interpretation and projection, including teaching methods for groups will be studied. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD909 Seminar in Church Music (3 units)

This course is designed to provide the church musician with basic theory concepts and song leading techniques. Students will also receive an introduction to a variety of music issues. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAD903

 

RAD910 Philosophy of Church Music (3 units)

Students learn biblical principles for the evaluation and use of music and develop a personal, written philosophy for use in their music ministry. Included in the course will be thorough research and study of relevant scriptural passages. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD911 Graduate Composition Seminar (3 units)

Class study of advanced compositional techniques and topics in a seminar setting. Specific subject matter will vary with each offering of the course. Prerequisite: Completion of all assigned leveling work in music theory. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAD907

 

RAD912 Supervised Music Ministry (3 units)

A program designed to involve the student in the on-going ministry of music in a local church either as a paid staff member or volunteer participant. Through this course the student will discover, develop, and evaluate skills for future ministry. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD913 Music in Missions (3 units)

A survey of the functions of music in missions outreach, communicative method in music evangelism, elementary principles of training and promotion, and the role of indigenous music in missions. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD914 Applied Ethnomusicology (3 units)         

A survey of strategies for encouraging heart-music hymnodies, music ministry program planning, music workshops, and methods for disseminating indigenous Christian music. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD915 Music Missions Seminar and Practicum (3 units)

A music mission project held between terms comprising both the study and practice of using music as a tool for evangelism, church planting, and church growth activities. Faculty and field supervisors are required, as well as the official sponsorship of a denominational entity. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAD901, RAD903

 

RAD916 Biblical Foundations of Worship and Culture (3 units)  

A survey of the scriptural, theological, and historical foundations of corporate worship combined with the study of culture and cultural engagement. Taught in a one-week intensive format with prior online preparation and a subsequent final project. Offered in English and Korean. Enrollment limited to students in the Master of Arts in Worship program.  This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD917 Church Music Education (3 units)

A survey and analysis of educational philosophies influencing church music education and the development of sequential learning in music activity groups and choirs for children, youth, and adults. Specific emphasis is given to educational methods and materials and appropriate literature for the development of children's choirs in a local church music ministry. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAD906

 

RAD918 Arranging (3 units)

Practical arranging for choral and instrumental ensembles. Idiomatic uses of harmony, melodic figures, voicing, textures, tonal colors, and notational elements will be covered. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: RAD901, RAD902, RAD903

 

RAD919 Research of Popular Styles on Music for Worship (3 units)

Extensive Research of the influence of popular styles, including rock and jazz, on music for worship from the late twentieth century to the present. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None

 

RAD920 Doctoral Research and Writing (3 units)

A doctoral student preparing a music theory dissertation will enroll in this course until the dissertation is completed. This course is designed for 3 units of theory and practice for 45 hours. Prerequisite: None