Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

School of Music

Administration

Vernon M. Whaley, B.A., M.C.M., M.A., D.Min., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Music
Professor of Music and Worship

Sean Beavers, B.M., M.M., D.M.
Associate Dean, Center for Music and the Performing Arts
Professor of Music and Guitar

John D. Kinchen, III, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Associate Dean, Center for Music and Worship
Associate Professor of Music and Worship

Mark Greenawalt, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Applied Music Studies
Associate Professor of Music and Voice

David Hahn, B.M., M. M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Commercial Music
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship

John W. Hugo, B.M., M.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music

Stephen P. Kerr, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of University Bands
Professor of Music

Katherine Morehouse, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology

Paul Randlett, B.S., M.A.
Acting Chair, Department of Music and Worship
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship

Paul Rumrill, B.A., M. M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music Education
Associate Professor of Music and Piano


Liberty University School of Music is the seventh largest collegiate level institution in America devoted to training and equipping professional musicians as performers, music educators, worship leaders, ethnomusicologists, artists, film score composers, music publishers, recording engineers and producers, and songwriters. The School of Music is a member of and Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  NASM is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a programmatic accreditation organization for institutions offering degree and non-degree educational programs in music and music-related disciplines

Mission

The mission of the Liberty University School of Music is to train and equip musicians to be Champions for Christ.  The School of Music is a community of God-honoring musicians committed to a culture of manifest core values that include:

  • Worship Lifestyle
  • Servant Leadership
  • Stylistic Diversity
  • Academic Inquiry
  • Skilled Musicianship
  • Artistic and Creative Expression
  • Sharing Christ through Music

These core values demonstrate what the music faculty believes a “Champion for Christ Musician” is devoted to in their everyday private and professional life. It is the general consensus of the School of Music faculty that the mission statement and clearly articulated core values conform to and promote the broader university mission to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world”.

While the School of Music has only one mission, two distinctly unique and focused tasks emerge.  These tasks are accomplished through two organizations within the School of Music structure: 1) The Center for Music and the Performing Arts – trains and equips passionate musicians as skilled performers, and music education specialists;” and, 2) The Center for Music and Worship – trains and equips highly skilled musicians to serve as worship practitioners in the evangelical community In fulfillment of the School of Music Mission, communication of the Core Values and application of the Focused Tasks and the various entities representing the music unit, it is the aim of the School of Music leadership to graduate students that are thoroughly equipped to assume their role in the market-place. And, that the School of Music provides for these student-musicians comprehensive curricula that is broad enough to encourage collaboration, imagination, diversification, scholarship and practical application.  It is important to the leadership of the School of Music that students are equipped to identify their calling (desired career), find gainful employment (a job) and contribute to their chosen vocation(s) for many years to come.


Faculty

The School of Music (SOM) faculty includes full-time and adjunct and/or part time resident and on-line highly skilled professionals.  The School of Music faculty adhere to and adopt five personal and professional goals, including a commitment to:

  1. Embrace, develop, grow and exemplify a spirit of Christian grace, character, integrity and mercy in all areas of professional and private life. [Spiritual Disciplines]
  2. Intellectual discovery, educational enrichment and rigorous pursuit of knowledge for the advancement of their own individual disciplines. [Educational Enrichment]
  3. Develop and grow as professional practitioners. [Professional Development]
  4. Make honest contribution to local and global communities for the purpose of spreading the gospel and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ. [Community and Mission]
  5. Grow in their understanding of institutional mission, love for one another, vision for the future, and support of Liberty University School of Music.  [University Mission]

Additionally, and in an effort to enrich our student’s lives, SOM faculty promise, to the best of their ability, to provide:

A quality, world-class education experience. [Quality Education]

  1. Opportunity to grow in their aptitude and ability and performance skill in their instrument of choice. [Personal Growth]
  2. Opportunity for spiritual, educational, and social transformation and growth sufficient to make meaningful contribution to their culture, discipline and the Kingdom of God. [Contribution to Culture]
  3. Opportunity to discover potential through mentoring and discipleship experiences. [Opportunity to Discovery and Creativity]
  4. Assistance in finding career placement in their chosen area of music performance, skill set and/or ministry. [Career Placement]

It is the conviction of the School of Music faculty that the manifestation of these qualities in the lives of ALL resident and on-line music professors is critical to the success of the School of Music.  The personal commitment to these ten statements is used as one of several criteria for the annual evaluation of School of Music faculty.

All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=26 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


Center for Music and the Performing Arts

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Center for Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA) is to “train and equip passionate musicians as skilled performers and music education specialists”. This purpose is fulfilled as the Center for Music and the Performing Arts provides opportunities for musical performance, academic study and training/equipping of students.  The Center oversees the following types of degree programs: Music in Liberal Arts, Music Performance, Artist Development, Commercial Music, Leadership Communication, Songwriting, Worship Studies, and Music Education.

This training process is further enhanced through a commitment to comprehensive training in music for those preparing for music careers (leading to a B.M. degree) in guitar, piano, string, vocal, woodwind, brass, or percussion performance; choral or instrumental music with a music education concentration; multi-discipline areas of music strategically geared to the market place; and, a liberal arts education with a music major.  In addition, the Center provides music minor curricula for those who wish to receive musical training on an elective basis.

Central to the Center’s purpose is the development of aesthetically sensitive musicians, music educators, professional songwriters, artists, music missionaries, and skilled music performers who, with their skills, knowledge, and professional attitudes, may glorify God in the world through the practice of their craft and the testimony of their lives. To achieve this, the Center for Music and the Performing Arts has been organized into four strategic departments:

The Department of Applied Music Studies serves the Center for Music and the Performing Arts by providing training and supervision of the performance and applied music studies in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. This includes delivering highly specialized training in voice, guitar, piano, woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, songwriting, and film scoring. The Department of Applied Music Studies faculty is committed to helping performing arts students learn how to: 1) think critically about performance issues; 2) develop a high level of performance skill; and 3) demonstrate stylistic diversity that clearly represents appropriate musicianship. Faculties serving in this department touch and influence the lives of every person doing some type of undergraduate major in music.

The Department of Music serves the Center for Music and the Performing Arts by providing training and sequenced skill-based education in all levels of music theory, harmonic practices, aural skills, form and analysis, musicianship, conducting, composition, music history and discipline specific music literature and pedagogy courses.  Performance groups affiliated with the Department of Music include: the University Chorale, The Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, and Liberty University Symphony Orchestra.

The goal of the Department of Music faculty is for each student to demonstrate command of specific cognitive, psychomotor, and aural skills that support work in music reading, conducting, research, music analysis, and music performance.  The development of technical fluency and musical expressivity are supported by the Department of Music, which provides foundational training to musicians in practical musicianship, music theory, conducting, research, and music history.

The Department of Music Education serves the Center for Music and the Performing Arts by providing training for students preparing for career opportunities in elementary and secondary school settings. The goal of the Department of Music Education faculty is to equip each student to learn teaching competencies for the public, private, and Christian school markets.  This is established by developing — in conjunction with the Departments of Music and Applied Music — comprehensive techniques in pedagogy, applied music, music directing, improvisation, and administration suitable to serve a community of education in music leadership.

The department also provides opportunity for students to learn how to apply learned principles of “Praxis methodology” to all areas of music education, supervises the practice teaching program in area elementary and secondary schools, and provides highly specialized training in voice, guitar, piano, wind, string, and percussion.

The Department of University Bands represents the Center for Music and the Performing Arts through the Liberty University Marching Band; the Spirit Band; the Liberty University Wind Ensemble; the University Band; and the Jazz Band. All of these performing groups represent the university in various public relation capacities, including regular performances by the University Marching Band at Liberty University football games and The Spirit Band at Liberty University basketball games.

Faculty assigned to The Department of University Bands seek to provide holistic opportunities for students to mature in their personal, spiritual, social and academic lives. This includes the integration of faith and learning, which is fundamental to a Christian world-view and an essential part of the entire band program at Liberty University.

CMPA PROGRAMS OF STUDY
There are a variety of undergraduate degrees in music from which to choose, including: B.A. or B.S. in Music; five B.M. Performance degrees; five Professional Multi-Discipline B.M. degrees; two degrees in Music Education Studies; and, the music minor. These programs of study are designed to equip graduating students to enter the market place as skilled music professionals in each of their strategic area of interest.

All music programs require the student to select a primary and secondary performance area (keyboard, non-keyboard instruments, voice, or songwriting). Students doing special studies in music education must select either the choral or instrumental music major with a concentration in music education and complete rigorous studies in elementary and secondary education.

The School of Music Student Handbook is available online to assist students in understanding every aspect of the various music programs at Liberty University.

Students are encouraged to audition for faculty members: 1) during the College for a Weekend (CFAW) activities; 2) by individual appointment throughout the school year; or 3) by sending a DVD of student performance to the School of Music offices. A music audition is not required for admission to the university, but is important for evaluation of a student’s potential for success in the pursuit of a music degree, placement for applied lessons, scholarship consideration, and for participation in one of the major ensembles or chamber groups.

All students pursuing any music degree must complete a piano proficiency exam before graduation, present a senior recital, and register attendance at a specific number of approved concerts and/or student recitals. (The number of concerts and recitals varies according to the degree emphasis. See the School of Music Student Handbook for more information.)


Career Opportunities

B.M. Degree Programs:
Music Educator Professional Musician
Music Performer Private Studio Instructor
B.M. in Choral or Instrumental Music with Music Education Concentration:
Elementary School  
General Music Instructor Instrumental Instructor
Middle School  
Band Director General Music Instructor
Choral Director Orchestra Director
High School  
Band Director Orchestra Director
Choral Director  

LIBERAL ARTS DEGREES IN MUSIC

Music Major (B.A./B.S.) Instrumental

PURPOSE
The purpose of the B.A./B.S. in Music with an emphasis in instrumental music is to provide for the student opportunity to complete studies in music while earning a liberal arts degree.  Students may elect to place special emphasis on guitar, strings, piano, woodwind, brass or percussion.

Those completing the 128-hour B.A. in Music are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in an approved foreign language.  An additional 6 hours of “Integrative Studies” affords these students opportunity to broaden their course offerings while completing a liberal arts degree with a major in music.

The B.S. in Music with an emphasis in instrumental studies does not require any foreign language. This 120-hour degree gives students opportunity to include 10-14 hours in an elective discipline. Students may choose instrumental or choral techniques courses as part of these electives.

The student is required to complete a keyboard proficiency, attend 56 approved concerts and recitals, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in music courses and complete the Sophomore Performance Review.  

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, style, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Apply broad-based knowledge of music through research in the areas of music history, music theory, and music literature.
  3. Integrate Christian faith into the discipline of music.

Programs of Study

Music Major (B.A.) Music Instrumental
Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus (18 hrs)
Major (44-46 hrs)
Primary Instrument: Choose from Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion (7 hrs)
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman)
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman)
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore)
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore)
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior)
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior)
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior)
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman)
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman)
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore)
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore)
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior)
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior)
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior)
Choose one Pedagogy course according to discipline from the following: 3
MUSC 301 Brass Pedagogy
MUSC 304 Keyboard Pedagogy
MUSC 305 Woodwind Pedagogy
MUSC 308 Percussion Pedagogy
MUSC 375 String Pedagogy
MUSC 477 Guitar Pedagogy
Ensemble (8 hrs) 1
Piano Students: Should take 3 credits of Choir Ensembles, 3 credits of Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, and 2 credits of Instrumental Major Ensembles. 2
String Students: Should take 8 credits of Symphony Orchestra Ensembles (3 credits must be 300-400 level). 3
Guitar Students: Should take 2 credits of Choir Ensembles and 6 credits of Guitar Ensembles (3 credits must be 300-400 level).  4
Woodwind, Percussion or Brass Students: Should take 8 credits of Instrumental Major Ensembles. 5
Musicianship (25-27 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 2 OR
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
Secondary Instrument (2 hrs) 6
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
Piano Secondary:
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Brass, Woodwind, String or Percussion:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-9) 7
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose from the following: 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
Free Electives (0-9 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 123 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.

Students may choose to take the same ensemble more than once. Students should take one ensemble per semester.

3 credits from the following: MUSC 178, 180, 181, 182, 189, 286, 289, 386, 389, 480, 481, 482 or 489. 3 credits from the following: MUSC 179, 186, 188, 192, 193, 479, 486, 488, 492 or 493. 2 credits from the following: MUSC 183, 185, 194, 483, 485 or 494.

Choose 8 credits from: MUSC 185 or 485.

Choose 2 credits from: MUSC 178, 180, 181, 182, 189, 286, 289, 386, 389, 480, 481, 482 or 489. Choose 6 credits from: MUSC 179 or 479

Choose 4 credits from: MUSC 183, 185 or 194. Choose 4 credits from: MUSC 483, 485 or 494.

Piano Secondary is recommended for students whose primary is not piano

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirement

Music Major (B.S.) Music Instrumental
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (44-45 hrs)
Major Area (11 hrs)
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 301 Brass Pedagogy
MUSC 304 Keyboard Pedagogy
MUSC 305 Woodwind Pedagogy
MUSC 308 Percussion Pedagogy
MUSC 375 String Pedagogy
MUSC 477 Guitar Pedagogy
Primary Instrument: Choose from Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion (7 hrs)
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 411 Marching Band Techniques 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Ensemble (8 hrs) 1
Piano Students: Should take 3 credits of Choir Ensembles, 3 credits of Instrumental Chamber Ensembles and 2 credits of Instrumental Major Ensembles.  2
String Students: Should take 8 credits of Symphony Orchestra Ensembles. 3
Guitar Students: Should take 2 credits of Choir Ensembles and 6 credits of Guitar Ensembles.  4
Woodwind, Percussion or Brass Students: Should take 8 credits of Instrumental Major Ensembles. 5
Musicianship (25-26 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2 OR
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
Secondary Instrument: 2
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
Piano Secondary: 6
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-9 hrs) 7
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Free Electives (1-18 hrs) 8
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

Students may choose to take the same ensemble more than once Students should take one ensemble per semester

Three credits must be upper-level. Choose three credits from the following: MUSC 178, 180, 181, 182, 189, 286, 289, 386, 389, 480, 481, 482, 489. Choose three credits from the following: MUSC 179, 186, 188, 192, 193, 479, 486, 488, 492, 493. Choose two credit from the following: MUSC 183, 185, 483, 194, 485, 494.

Three credits must be upper level. Choose eights credits from the following: MUSC 185, 485.

Three credits should be upper-level. Choose two credits from the following: MUSC 178, 180, 181, 182, 189, 286, 289, 386, 389, 480, 481, 482 or 489. Choose six credits from the following: MUSc 179 or 479

Choose four credits from the following: MUSC 183, 185 or 194. Choose four credits from the following: MUSC 483, 485 or 494.

Recommended for students whose primary in not piano.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Minors are included as elective hours. May need 5 hours of 300-400 level electives to fulfill the upper-level requirement.


Music Major (B.A./B.S.) Vocal

PURPOSE
The purpose of the B.A./B.S. in Music with an emphasis in vocal music is to provide for the student opportunity to complete studies in music while earning a liberal arts degree.

Those completing the 128-hour B.A. in Music are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in an approved foreign language.  An additional 6 hours of “Integrative Studies” affords these students opportunity to broaden their course offerings while completing a liberal arts degree with a major in music.

The B.S. in Music with an emphasis in vocal studies does not require any foreign language. This 120-hour degree gives students opportunity to include 10-14 hours in an elective discipline. Students may choose instrumental or choral techniques courses as part of these electives.

The student is required to complete a keyboard proficiency, attend 56 approved concerts and recitals, maintain a  minimum GPA of 2.00 in music courses and complete the Sophomore Performance Review. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, style, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Apply broad-based knowledge of music through research in the areas of music history, music theory, and music literature.
  3. Integrate Christian faith into the discipline of music.

Programs of Study

Music Major (B.A.) Music Vocal
Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus (18 hrs)
Major (45-46 hrs)
Major Area (14 hrs)
MUSC 393 Vocal Diction 3
MUSC 408 Vocal Pedagogy 3
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Ensemble (8 hrs) 1
Choose one of the following: 1
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
Choose two of the following: 2
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II
Choose one of the following: 1
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III
Choose four of the following: 4
MUSC 480 University Chorale II
MUSC 481 Concert Choir II
MUSC 482 Chamber Singers II
Musicianship (23-24)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2 OR
MUSC 318 Choral Arranging 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
Secondary Instrument (2 hrs)
Piano Secondary:
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV
MUSC 345 Group Piano V
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II
Brass, Woodwind, String or Percussion:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman)
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman)
Directed Courses (0-9) 2
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
Free Electives (0-9) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.

Students may choose to take the same ensemble more than once. Students should take one ensemble per semester.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirement

Minors are included as elective hours. May need four hours of 300-400 level electives to fulfill upper-level requirement.

Music Major (B.S.) Music Vocal
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (44-46 hrs)
Major Area (14 hrs)
MUSC 393 Vocal Diction 3
MUSC 408 Vocal Pedagogy 3
Primary Voice:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Ensembles (8 hrs)
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 180 University Chorale I 1
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I 1
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I 1
Choose two of the following:
MUSC 180 University Chorale I 1
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I 1
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 180 University Chorale I 1
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I 1
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I 1
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 1
Choose four of the following:
MUSC 480 University Chorale II 1
MUSC 481 Concert Choir II 1
MUSC 482 Chamber Singers II 1
Musicianship (22-24 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 2 OR
MUSC 318 Choral Arranging 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2 OR
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
Secondary Instrument: Choose from Piano, Guitar or Strings, Brass, Woodwinds or Percussion 2
Piano Secondary:
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Strings, Brass, Woodwinds or Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-9 hrs) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Free Electives (0-18 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


PERFORMANCE DEGREES

PURPOSE
Liberty University offers five highly professional Bachelor of Music degrees that uniquely equip students as skilled performers and music practitioners.  These include: B.M. in Guitar Performance; B.M. in Piano; B.M. in String Performance; B.M. in Vocal Performance; and, B.M. in Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Performance.  All degrees in this area of study include 24 – 26 hours of applied music studies, two semesters of conducting, music technology, and contemporary styles survey. At least 65% of the degree is specifically devoted to music studies on one level or another.

The student is required to complete a keyboard proficiency, attend 56 approved concerts and recitals, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in music courses and complete the Sophomore Performance Review. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, style, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Apply broad-based knowledge of music through research in the areas of music history, music theory, and music literature.
  3. Integrate Christian faith into the discipline of music.
  4. Demonstrate advanced performance skills in appropriate performance media.

Programs of Study


Guitar Performance Major (B.M.)

Music Major (B.M.) Guitar Performance
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (71-74 hrs)
Music Core (37-40 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2 OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 309 Orchestration 3 OR
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 364 Contemporary Styles Survey I 1
MUSC 365 Contemporary Styles Survey II 1
MUSC 381 Guitar Literature 2
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 477 Guitar Pedagogy 3
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 306 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2
MUSC 331 Composition I 2
Ensemble (10 hrs)
MUSC 179 Classical Guitar Ensemble I 2
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 1
MUSC 479 Classical Guitar Ensemble II 4
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 1
Choose one of the following: 1
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I
Choose one of the following: 1
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I
Applied Music Studies (24 hrs)
Primary Instrument:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 3
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 3
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 3
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
Secondary Instrument:
MUSC 112 Group Piano II 1
MUSC 243 Group Piano III 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Directed Courses (0-12 hrs) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 129 hours minimum; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


Piano Performance Major (B.M.)

Music Major (B.M.) Piano Performance
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (70-74 hrs)
Music Core (36-40 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2 OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 304 Keyboard Pedagogy 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2 OR
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 3
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 364 Contemporary Styles Survey I 1
MUSC 365 Contemporary Styles Survey II 1
MUSC 391 Keyboard Literature 2
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Choose two of the following:
MUSC 306 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 309 Orchestration 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 331 Composition I 2
MUSC 332 Composition II 2
Ensemble (10 hrs)
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I 1 OR
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 1
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 1
MUSC 401 Art of Accompaniment 2
MUSC 404 Accompanying I 1
MUSC 405 Accompanying II 1
MUSC 483 Jazz Ensemble II 1 OR
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 1
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 1
Choose two of the following:
MUSC 180 University Chorale I 1
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I 1
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I 1
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
Applied Music Studies (24 hrs)
Piano Primary Instrument:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 3
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 3
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 3
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 3
MUSC 442 Private Piano (Senior) 2
Secondary Instrument: Choose from Voice or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion 2
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1 OR
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1 OR
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1 OR
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1 OR
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
Directed Courses (0-12) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 128 hours minimum required; at least 32 hours must be 300-400 level.

These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


String Performance Major (B.M.)

Music Major (B.M.) String Performance
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (72-75 hrs)
Music Core (36-39 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2 OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 364 Contemporary Styles Survey I 1
MUSC 365 Contemporary Styles Survey II 1
MUSC 374 String Techniques 2
MUSC 375 String Pedagogy 3
MUSC 388 String Literature 2
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 306 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 309 Orchestration 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 331 Composition I 2
Ensemble (12 hrs)
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 4
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 2
MUSC 485 Symphony Orchestra II 4
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 2
Applied Music Studies (24 hrs)
Primary Instrument:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 3
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 3
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 3
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
Secondary Instrument:
MUSC 112 Group Piano II 1
MUSC 243 Group Piano III 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
DIRECTED COURSES (0-12) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 130 hours minimum required; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.

These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


Vocal Performance Major (B.M.)

Music Major (B.M.) Vocal Performance
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (73-80 hrs)
Music Core (43-50 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 364 Contemporary Styles Survey I 1
MUSC 393 Vocal Diction 3
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 407 Solo Vocal Literature 3
MUSC 408 Vocal Pedagogy 3
MUSC 470 Opera Workshop I: Opera Production 1-3
MUSC 471 Opera Workshop II: Opera Scenes 1-3
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Choose one of the following courses: (2-3 hrs)
MUSC 306 Form and Analysis
MUSC 309 Orchestration
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging
MUSC 331 Composition I
Ensemble (8 hrs)
MUSC 178, 180, 181, or 182 1
MUSC 180, 181, 182, or 289 1
MUSC 180, 181, or 182 1
MUSC 180, 181, or 182 1
MUSC 480, 481, or 482 1
MUSC 480, 481, or 482 1
MUSC 480, 481, or 482 1
MUSC 480, 481, or 482 1
Applied Music Studies (22 hrs)
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 3
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 3
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 3
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 3
MUSC 422 Voice (Senior) 3
Secondary Study
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Directed Courses (Required) (0-12 hrs)*
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
Language Elective 3
Language Elective 3
Choose one of the following courses: (3 hrs)
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 131 hours minimum required; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements

Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance Major (B.M.)

Music Major (B.M.) Woodwind, Brass or Percussion Performance
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (72-75 hrs)
Music Core (36-39 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2 OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 364 Contemporary Styles Survey I 1
MUSC 365 Contemporary Styles Survey II 1
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 301 Brass Pedagogy
MUSC 305 Woodwind Pedagogy
MUSC 308 Percussion Pedagogy
Choose one of the following: 2
MUSC 355 Brass Techniques
MUSC 357 Woodwind Techniques
MUSC 363 Percussion Techniques
Choose one of the following: 2
MUSC 382 Woodwind Literature
MUSC 383 Brass Literature
MUSC 384 Percussion Literature
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 306 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 309 Orchestration 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 331 Composition I 2
Ensemble (12 hrs)
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 1
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 1
Choose four of the following: 4
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
Choose four of the following: 4
MUSC 485 Symphony Orchestra II 1
MUSC 494 Wind Symphony II 1
Choose one of the following: 1
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I
MUSC 186 Brass Choir I
MUSC 188 Woodwind Choir I
MUSC 192 Percussion Ensemble I
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I
Choose one of the following: 1
MUSC 483 Jazz Ensemble II
MUSC 486 Brass Choir II
MUSC 488 Woodwind Choir II
MUSC 492 Percussion Ensemble II
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II
Applied Music Studies (24 hrs)
Primary Instrument:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 3
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 3
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 3
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 3
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
Secondary Instrument:
MUSC 112 Group Piano II 1
MUSC 243 Group Piano III 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Directed Courses (0-12 hrs) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose one of the following: 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 130 hours minimum required; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

PROFESSIONAL MULTI-DISCIPLINE MUSIC DEGREES

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Professional Multi-Discipline Music Degree is to provide for the student opportunity to earn a professional degree in music while placing additional emphasis on an area “outside” of the performance discipline.  These outside areas of study are usually market related and may or may not have connection to an area of music.  Six Multi-discipline degrees are offered to the music student: B.M. in Artist Development; B.M. in Leadership Communication; B.M. in Music in World Cultures (Ethnomusicology); B.M. in Songwriting; and, B.M. in Worship Studies.  At least 50% of this curriculum is devoted to serious music studies while a minimum of 15-18 credit hours includes studies in a second discipline.

Students pursuing the BM in Artist Development, B.M. in Leadership Communication; B.M. in Music in World Cultures (Ethnomusicology); B.M. in Songwriting; or, B.M. in Worship Studies are required to successfully complete: a piano proficiency; attend 32 approved concerts and recitals; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all MUSC courses; an internship in the area of their second discipline; conducting; and, 9-12 hours in Directed Courses.


Leadership Communication Major (B.M.)

PURPOSE
The B.M. in Leadership Communication is designed to equip students as qualified managers and administrators of people in a variety of settings, including but not limited to: Music Director in conference and convention settings; Staff Manager for music business or music theater; or, Program Director for music productions.  In addition to professional courses in music, the School of Music partners with the School of Communication and Creative Arts in providing for the student unique courses in persuasion, personal communication and small group communication.  All in all, the B.M. in Leadership Communication is a practical degree that affords students a unique opportunity for career preparation in the dynamic and changing 21st century music environment.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Demonstrate broad-based knowledge of musical style, music literature, and music theory.
  3. Critically evaluate music and music research materials.
  4. Demonstrate an integration of Christian faith and the discipline of music.
  5. Integrate principles of leadership management and administration in various musical settings.

Program of Study

Music Major (B.M.) Leadership Communication
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (75 hrs)
Major Area (18 hrs)
MUSC 302 Commercial Music Techniques for Worship 3
MUSC 303 Dynamics of Leading Vocal Team and Ensemble 3
SCOM 325 Interpersonal Communication 3
SCOM 330 Small Group Communication 3
SCOM 345 Persuasion 3
SCOM 490 Crisis Communication 3
Music Core (28 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
Practical Internships (5 hrs)
MUSC 394 Practicum I 1
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 2
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 2
Applied Music Studies (18 hrs)
MUSC 396 Junior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 496 Senior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion. 13
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 2
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 2
MUSC 422 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 2
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 2
MUSC 442 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 2
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Secondary Instrument: Students choosing Voice Primary will take Piano or Guitar or Approved Instrument as Secondary Instrument. Student selecting Piano, Guitar or Approved Instrument as the Primary Instrument must take Voice as the Secondary Instrument.
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
Piano Secondary: 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-12 hrs) 2
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures 3
TOTAL HOURS: 133 hours minimum required; at least 34 hours must be 300-400 level.

Recommended for students whose primary is not piano.

These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


STUDIES IN MUSIC EDUCATION

PURPOSE
Liberty University has long been an advocate for the inclusion of the arts in elementary and secondary education. Our concentrations in music education demonstrate this commitment by providing praxis education experience at all levels of training in music theory, music technology, improvisational technique, arranging, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, and practice teaching.  Additional attention is given to directed studies in Music History, Music in World Cultures (Ethnomusicology) and developmental psychology.

The Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Music Education is intended for the student who plans to teach music in Christian, public, or private schools and who seeks licensure as a qualified music teacher by a state department of education.  It is also appropriate for the student whose eventual goal is college teaching in fields related to music education.  The program is designed to develop competent music professionals with a Christian worldview and skill to work in the educational domain.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, style, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Apply broad-based knowledge of music through research in the areas of music history, music theory, and music literature.
  3. Integrate Christian faith into the discipline of music.

Choral Concentration
The student will be able to apply choral and vocal techniques in a manner appropriate for music education.

Instrumental Concentration
The student will be able to apply instrumental techniques in a manner appropriate for music education.

VIRGINIA MUSIC TEACHER LICENSURE
Teacher preparation and endorsement in choral or instrumental music is available through the School of Music, Department of Music Education and Applied Music Studies, and in cooperation with the School of Education. The teacher licensure in music education programs are approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Licensure information is also available at www.liberty.edu/uguide or www.liberty.edu/SOM.

The following options are available for Teacher Licensure Endorsement (PreK-12) in the Bachelor of Music degree:

  • Instrumental Music concentration in Music Education
  • Choral Music concentration in Music Education

A student not seeking teacher licensure may elect other courses to fulfill degree requirements. Graduates who are licensed in Virginia may obtain licensure in other states through reciprocity.


Choral Music Major (B.M.) - Music Education Cognate

Program of Study

Music Major (B.M.) Choral Music: Music Education Cognate
Core Competency Requirements (36-42)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23)
Major (50-52 hrs)
Music Core (16-18)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2 OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II 3
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
Ensemble (7 hrs)
Choose two of the following: 2
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
Choose two of the following: 2
MUSC 179 Classical Guitar Ensemble I
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
Choose three of the following:
MUSC 479 Classical Guitar Ensemble II
MUSC 480 University Chorale II
MUSC 481 Concert Choir II
MUSC 482 Chamber Singers II
Applied Music Studies (13 hrs)
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Choose Voice, Piano or Guitar
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 2
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 2
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 2
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Cognate (14 hrs)
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 413 Vocal Pedagogy Lab for Instrumental Music Education 1
Secondary Instrument (3 hrs) 1
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
MUSC 320 Group Voice III 1
Piano Secondary: 2
MUSC 243 Group Piano III 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
MUSC 350 Group Guitar III 1
Directed Courses (0-15)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Teacher Licensure Requirements (31 hrs)
EDUC 125 Introduction to Education 1
EDUC 221 Content Area Reading and Differentiated Teaching and Learning 2
EDUC 235 Content Instructional Design 1
EDUC 236 Content Instructional Design Practicum 2
EDUC 240 Introduction to Applied Educational Technology Practicum 2
EDUC 360 Foundations of Education 2
EDUC 475 Seminar in Classroom Management 2
EDUC 476 Student Teaching I 5
EDUC 477 Student Teaching II 5
MUSC 210 Introduction to Music Education 1
MUSC 380 Instrumental Overview 2
MUSC 437 Elementary Music Methods and Materials 2
MUSC 438 Elementary Music Methods and Materials Practicum 1
MUSC 490 Secondary Music Methods and Materials 2
MUSC 491 Secondary Music Methods and Materials Practicum 1
TOTAL HOURS: 139 hours minimum required; at least 35 hours must be 300-400 level.

Students choosing Voice Primary will take Piano or Guitar as the Secondary Instrument. Students selecting Piano or Guitar as the Primary Instrument must take Voice as the Secondary Instrument.

Recommended for students whose primary is not piano


Instrumental Music Major (B.M.) Concentration in Music Education

Program of Study

Music Major (B.M.) Instrumental Music: Music Education Concentration
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (54-56 hrs)
Music Core (16-18 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2 OR
MUSC 205 Chromatic Harmony I 3
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II OR
MUSC 206 Chromatic Harmony II
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
Ensemble (7 hrs) 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 184 Marching Band I 1
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 187 University Band 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 187 University Band 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 179 Classical Guitar Ensemble I 1
MUSC 184 Marching Band I 1
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 187 University Band 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 179 Classical Guitar Ensemble I 1
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 187 University Band 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 479 Classical Guitar Ensemble II 1
MUSC 484 Marching Band II 1
MUSC 485 Symphony Orchestra II 1
MUSC 487 University Band 1
MUSC 494 Wind Symphony II 1
Choose two of the following:
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I 1
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 1
MUSC 479 Classical Guitar Ensemble II 1
MUSC 483 Jazz Ensemble II 1
MUSC 485 Symphony Orchestra II 1
MUSC 487 University Band 1
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 1
MUSC 494 Wind Symphony II 1
Applied Music Studies (12 hours)
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Choose from Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Concentration (19 hrs)
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 355 Brass Techniques 2
MUSC 357 Woodwind Techniques 2
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 363 Percussion Techniques 2
MUSC 374 String Techniques 2
MUSC 412 Instrumental Pedagogy Lab for Instrumental Music Education 1
Directed Courses (0-15) 2
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Teacher Licensure (31 hrs)
EDUC 125 Introduction to Education 1
EDUC 221 Content Area Reading and Differentiated Teaching and Learning 2
EDUC 235 Content Instructional Design 1
EDUC 236 Content Instructional Design Practicum 2
EDUC 240 Introduction to Applied Educational Technology Practicum 2
EDUC 360 Foundations of Education 2
EDUC 475 Seminar in Classroom Management 2
EDUC 476 Student Teaching I 5
EDUC 477 Student Teaching II 5
MUSC 210 Introduction to Music Education 1
MUSC 390 Foundations of Vocal Technique 2
MUSC 437 Elementary Music Methods and Materials 2
MUSC 438 Elementary Music Methods and Materials Practicum 1
MUSC 490 Secondary Music Methods and Materials 2
MUSC 491 Secondary Music Methods and Materials Practicum 1
TOTAL HOURS: 143 hours minimum required; at least 36 hours must be 300-400 level.

Guitar students must take 5 semesters of MUSC 179 or 479.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


Music Minors

The 17-19 credit hour minor option is offered to students wishing to augment their educational experiences with a general study in music. As with the music major, those pursuing the music minor select a primary area for study, vocal or instrumental. Students pursuing the music minor may participate in School of Music ensembles, applied music and select music methods classes. 

The School of Music administration and faculty leadership strongly encourage students not majoring in music to pursue the music minor.  As with all music curricula experience, this encounter in music helps formalize training in the humanities and broaden the student’s experience in music performance.

The music minor curriculum does not require a senior recital, music internship or student teaching. However, all students pursuing music minors are required to register attendance at a total of 24 approved concerts and/or recitals before graduation.

CSTU 101 or MUSC 103 must be completed for General Education.  Directed studies in MUSC 200 –Music, Art, Worship and Culture and MUSC 314 – Music in World Culture are strongly recommended.


Music Minor: Brass, Woodwind or Percussion

Music Minor: Brass, Woodwind or Percussion (18 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
Choose two of the following courses: 4
MUSC 355 Brass Techniques
MUSC 357 Woodwind Techniques
MUSC 363 Percussion Techniques
Note: Program has the additional requirement of attendance at 24 approved concerts and recitals. CSTU 101 or MUSC 103 must be completed for Core Competency requirement.

Music Minor: Liberal Arts

Music Minor: Liberal Arts (17 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
MUSC 319 Choral Literature
MUSC 407 Solo Vocal Literature
Note: Program has the additional requirement of attendance at 24 approved concerts and recitals. CSTU 101 or MUSC 103 must be completed for Core Competency requirement.

Music Minor: Performance: Voice, Keyboard, Guitar or Strings

Music Minor: Performance - Voice, Keyboard, Guitar or Strings (19 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 121, 141, or 151 (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122, 142, or 152 (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221, 241, or 251 (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 222, 242, or 252 (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 321, 341, or 351 (Junior) 1
MUSC 322, 342, or 352 (Junior) 1
Two semesters of ensemble participation in the performance area: (2 hrs)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
MUSC 304 Keyboard Pedagogy
MUSC 375 String Pedagogy
MUSC 393 Vocal Diction
MUSC 477 Guitar Pedagogy
Note: Program has the additional requirement of attendance at 24 approved concerts and recitals. HUMN 101 or MUSC 103 must be completed for Core Competency requirement.

Center for Music and Worship

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Center for Music and Worship (CFMW) is to train highly skilled musicians to serve as worship practitioners and industry specialists in the evangelical community. This is accomplished through curricula development, local church ministry, publishing and recording, artist development and empirical research.

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. Rather, they require professionals who have broad experience in worship teaching, worship training, team management and discipleship, worship evangelism, principles of marketing technology, drama and music.

Pastors seek to meet the challenge of ministry to increasingly more diverse congregations with theological integrity practical to broad ranging needs. They look for worship leaders who capture their vision and seize the opportunity to minister worship with excellence and creativity.  Liberty University’s Center for Worship seeks to equip students for these multi-faced career opportunities.

IAACT AND CAF MEMBERSHIP
The Center for Music and Worship holds membership with the International Association of Artists in Christian Testimony (IAACT), a missions-sending agency based in Brentwood, Tennessee. This agency endorses young artists, music ministries, worship leaders, and support personnel for local, regional, and international artistic service. Key to their mission is partnerships with worship institutions and evangelical organizations committed to training worship personnel for full time church related ministry.

In the spring of 2006, Liberty University’s Center for Music and Worship was granted approval to host a student chapter of Christian Artist Fellowship (CAF). This is a national organization that encourages training, mentoring, advancement, internship opportunity, career placement, over-seas mission opportunity, fund raising tax shelter, and research related to individual musicians, groups and artists.

Department of Applied Music Studies. The Department of Applied Music Studies serves the Center for Music and Worship by providing training and supervision of the performance and applied music studies in the Bachelor of Music in Music and World Cultures and the Bachelor of Science in Music and Worship. Faculties serving in this department touch and influence the lives of every person doing some type of undergraduate major in the Center for Music and Worship.

Department of Commercial Music. The purpose of the Department of Commercial Music is to serve the Center as a facilitator of training musicians to immediately enter the commercial music arena as professional practitioners.  Commercial music programs have grown in influence and popularity over the past four decades. Liberty University School of Music has answered this call by designing two programs of study that will have immediate appeal to the student seeking employment in the Jazz Music Community and film industry.  We believe scores of notable musicians will graduate from this program and move right into the commercial music field as composers and/or performers. Liberty University adds to this growing discipline preparation to meet the challenges of the culture with a Biblically-centered worldview.

Department of Music and Worship Studies. The purpose of the Department of Music and Worship Studies is to serve the Center as an academic, training agency solely committed to the mission of equipping worship leaders and church practitioners for ministry in evangelical traditions. The Department of Music and Worship Studies is a division of the Liberty University Center for Worship that specifically provides a platform for developing curricula, teaching and interacting opportunity with students. The Department is committed to meeting academic requirements critical to successful communication and examination of the growing worship disciplines.

The Department of Music and Worship Studies faculty is committed to offer each student opportunity to study with godly, highly-skilled instructors, receiving a broad-based musical and theological education that enables students to function successfully as worship practitioners in the diverse and ever-changing field of evangelical worship ministry.  This is accomplished through comprehensive instruction in historical and contemporary music practices, principles of leadership and creative worship design, and the critical roles of the worship leader – all undergirded by the foundational truths of Scripture.

Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies. The purpose of the Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies is to uniquely equip students to work in a diverse global, ethnic and multi-cultural society by using the medium of music as a tool for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies supervises undergraduate degrees in world music. This study incorporates Music and World Culture into the total music discipline and provides Liberty University music students opportunity to engage in the music of various cultures through: field experiences; ethnic ensembles; studies in ethnomusicology; and, the discovery of regional music practices around the globe.  The various programs in the department fit well with the institution’s emphasis on intercultural studies and its stated aim to “contribute to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures.”


Career Opportunities

B.M. in Commercial Music Degree
Film Score Composer/Arranger Jazz Studies Specialist
   
B.M. in Worship Studies  
Worship Leader  
Worship Pastor  
   
B.S. in Music and Worship Degree-Concentrations:
Cinematic Arts  
Short Film for Worship Visual Arts Ministry
   
Pastoral Leadership  
Lead Pastor Worship and Preaching
Worship Pastor  
   
Worship Technology  
Director of Audo Ministry Computer Technology in WRSP
IMAG for Worship Radio & TV Director in Worship
   
B.S. in Music and Worship Degree-Cognates:
Biblical Studies  
Worship Theology Instructor Worship Conference Speaker
   
Business  
Worship Administrator Worship Administration Assist
   
Theater  
Directors of Worship Arts Worship and Theater Ministry
   
Women's Ministry  
Women's Conference Worship Leader for local
Worship Leader Church Women's Ministry
   
Youth Ministry  
Student Worship Director  
   
B.M. Music in World Culture Degree:
Ethnomusicologist Worship consultant on mission Field

 

CENTER FOR MUSIC WORSHIP PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Programs offered by the Department of Music and Worship Studies prepare students to meet the dynamic music and ministry challenges unique to the 21st century evangelical community.


Music and Worship Major (B.S.)

There has been significant growth in the numbers of students seeking to further their training in worship studies. Undergraduate students, preparing for one or more of the multiple roles of worship leadership, have found an abundance of job opportunities in local churches and para-church ministries in the evangelical community.

The BS in Music and Worship degree programs also prepare students to pursue graduate studies in worship at any seminary or graduate school, including the Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, Master of Arts in Music and Worship or Master of Arts in Worship Studies offered through Liberty University School of Music.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Build a personal philosophy of worship based on theological principles.
  2. Develop worship strategies based on an evaluation of various ministry contexts.
  3. Evaluate various scenarios within the diverse evangelical community and make application to the worship leader's roles.
  4. Demonstrate professional-level musicianship in the primary applied performance concentration.

Cinematic Arts Concentration

  • The student will be able to create cinematic art to be used within the presentation of worship.

Pastoral Leadership Concentration

  • The student will be able to evaluate and demonstrate the skills necessary for Pastoral Ministry.

Worship Technology (Audio) Concentration

  • The student will be able to evaluate and demonstrate the skill necessary for using radio, television, video, IMAG or other computer technology in the presentation of worship.

Programs of Study

Music and Worship Major (B.S.) (with cognate/concentration)
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Harmonic Practices and Musicianship (16 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 302 Commercial Music Techniques for Worship 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
Worship Studies (14 hrs)
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 396 Junior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
MUSC 496 Senior Artist or Worship Program 1
Practical Internships (5 hrs)
MUSC 394 Practicum I 1
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 1
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 1
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 1
Applied Music Studies (10 hrs)
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion. 6
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Secondary Instrument: Students choosing Voice Primary will take Piano or Guitar as the Secondary Instrument. Students selecting Piano, Guitar or Approved Instrument as the Primary Instrument must take Voice as the Secondary Instrument. 4
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
MUSC 320 Group Voice III 1
MUSC 420 Group Voice IV 1
Piano Secondary: 1
MUSC 112 Group Piano II 1
MUSC 243 Group Piano III 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
MUSC 350 Group Guitar III 1
MUSC 450 Group Guitar IV 1
Approved Secondary Instrument:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
Cognate (12-15 hrs): Choose from Biblical Studies, Business, Theatre Ministries, Women's Leadership or Youth Ministries
Concentration (18-21 hrs): Choose from Cinematic Arts, Pastoral Leadership, Publishing and Producing or Worship Technology (Audio)
Directed Courses (0-9 hrs) 2

Recommended for students whose primary is not piano

These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


Concentrations

Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Cinematic Arts Concentration
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (69 hrs)
Concentration (18 hrs)
BUSI 301 Business Law 3
CINE 271 Introduction to Pro Tools 3
CINE 305 Editing 3
CSTU 301 Film as Art 3
DIGI 333 Intermediate Video Production 3
THEA 320 Directing 3
Directed Courses (0-6 hrs)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 127 hours minimum required; at least 32 hours must be 300-400 level.
Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Pastoral Leadership Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (69 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
PLED 201 Foundation to Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 301 Family Ministry in the Church 3
PLED 302 Staff Management and Relations in Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 350 Pastoral Duties 3
PLED 351 Church Assimilation and Development 3
PLED 421 Homiletics I 3
Directed Courses (0-6 hrs)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 127 hours minimum required; at least 32 hours must be 300-400 level.
Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Worship Technology (Audio) Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (70 hrs)
Concentration Courses (19 hrs)
DIGI 100 Equipment Workshop 1
DIGI 175 Fundamentals of Editing 3
DIGI 224 Fundamentals of Audio Production 3
DIGI 290 Post Production Sound Design 3
DIGI 334 Intermediate Audio Production 3
DIGI 337 Music Recording 3
DIGI 474 Advanced Audio Production 3
Directed Courses (0-6 hrs) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 128 hours minimum required; at least 32 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


Cognates

Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Biblical Studies Cognate
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (66 hrs)
Cognate (15 hrs)
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 364 Acts 3
BIBL 410 Genesis 3
BIBL 425 Romans 3
Directed Courses (0-6 hrs)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Business Cognate
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (66 hrs)
Cognate (15 hrs)
ACCT 211 Financial Accounting 3
BUSI 301 Business Law 3
BUSI 310 Principles of Management 3
BUSI 330 Principles of Marketing 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BUSI 300 Business Communications
BUSI 303 International Business
DIRECTED COURSES (0-6 hrs)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Theatre Ministries Cognate
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (66 hrs)
Cognate (15 hrs)
THEA 212 Foundations of Theatre History II 3
THEA 320 Directing 3
THEA 352 Writing for Church Drama 3
THEA 410 Drama in the Church: History and Practice 3
Choose three credits from the following courses: 3
THEA 200 Play Production I 1
THEA 220 Acting I 3
Directed Courses (0-6 hrs)*
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Women’s Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (66 hrs)
Cognate (15 hrs)
CHMN 450 Leadership and Management in Ministry 3
WLED 220 Survey of Women’s Ministries 3
WLED 320 Spiritual Formation and Development for Women in Leadership 3
WLED 330 The Role of Christian Women in Ministry 3
WLED 387 Methods of Teaching the Bible and Communication Skills for Women 3
Directed Courses (0-6 hrs)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
Music and Worship Major (B.S.) Youth Ministries Cognate
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (63 hrs)
Cognate (12 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3
YOUT 310 Strategies for Student Outreach 3
Choose one of the following: 3
YOUT 340 Current Issues in Youth Ministry
YOUT 370 Managing the Christian Youth Organization
YOUT 380 Ministering to Adolescents in Crisis
Directed Courses (0-9 hrs)
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.

CENTER FOR MUSIC WORSHIP PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Programs offered by the Department of Music and Worship Studies prepare students to meet the dynamic music and ministry challenges unique to the 21st century evangelical community.


Worship Studies Major (B.M.)

PURPOSE
Over the centuries, the study of worship and its impact on culture has been an important part of musical, historical and sociological analysis.  The B.M. in Worship Studies affords Liberty University students opportunity to examine the impact of worship on the evangelical culture.  Students study worship and its application to music in a hands-on environment and through praxis education experience.   Application is further made to 21st century worship pedagogy through studies in contemporary improvisation, contextualization, leadership principles and cultural analysis.   

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Demonstrate broad-based knowledge of musical style, music literature, and music theory.
  3. Critically evaluate music and music research materials.
  4. Demonstrate an integration of Christian faith and the discipline of music.
  5. Evaluate the role of music and worship in history, culture, and the marketplace.

Program of Study

Music Major (B.M.) Worship Studies
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (76 hrs)
Major Area (17 hrs)
MUSC 302 Commercial Music Techniques for Worship 3
MUSC 303 Dynamics of Leading Vocal Team and Ensemble 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 316 Choral Conducting 2 OR
MUSC 317 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
MUSC 400 Music Resources and Literature 3
Music Core (30 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
Practical Internships (5 hrs)
MUSC 394 Practicum I 1
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 2
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 2
Applied Music Studies (18 hrs)
MUSC 396 Junior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 496 Senior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass Woodwind or Percussion. 12
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 2
MUSC 422 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 2
MUSC 442 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Secondary Instrument: Students choosing Voice Primary will take Piano, Guitar or Approved Instrument as the Secondary Instrument. Students selecting Piano, Guitar or Approved Instrument as the Primary Instrument must take Voice as the Secondary Instrument. 2
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
Piano Secondary: 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary: 2
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Strings/Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-12) 3
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures 3 OR
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 134 hours minimum required; at least 34 hours must be 300-400 level.

Recommended for students whose primary is not piano.

Or Approved Instrument

These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCIAL MUSIC

David Hahn, B.A., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Commercial Music
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship


Commercial Music Major (B.M.)

PURPOSE
The BM in Commercial Music degree is designed to provide four essentials needed for successful development as a musician training for a career in the commercial music industry: 1) Core studies in Commercial Music Studies, including: Music Theory and Musicianship, Music Technology, and introductory Business concepts for the Commercial Musician; 2) Ensemble Experience; 3) Applied instruction on primary and secondary instruments; 4) Studies in the specialized concentrations in Jazz Studies or Film Scoring (Film and Media).

With the establishment of the Zaki Gordon Center for Cinematic Arts, a fresh new approach to film making and industry influence has emerged. As a complement to the substantial efforts of this new film division, the School of Music has developed a degree in Commercial Music for the purpose of equipping skilled musicians to work closely with these new Christian filmmakers to produce Christian-based film that will impact the culture and the world for Christ.  Many of the current film composers and studio performers have studied in this type of music program.  It is our belief that our graduates will possess the same standard of skill and will bring the unique mission of Liberty University to the world through the Commercial Music field, as stage performers, studio musicians, composers, and arrangers.

The emphasis of a Commercial Music degree taught with a specifically Christian Worldview, by professors committed to sound conservative Evangelical theology sets Liberty University’s program apart, providing a significant influence in the commercial music industry.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply traditional and commercial music principles in music literature, and music theory.
  2. Evaluate music and music research materials.
  3. Integrate Christian faith into the discipline of commercial music.

Artist Development Concentration

The student will be able to integrate principles of artist performance in various musical settings.

Film Scoring (Film and Media) Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Compose music soundtracks with electronic instruments and traditional acoustic instruments for commercial media.
  2. Create commercial music projects that involve syncing music to film.

Jazz Studies Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Arrange commercial music in a jazz style.
  2. Perform written and improvised commercial music in a jazz style.

Songwriting Concentration

The student will be able to integrate principles of songwriting in various musical settings.

Students pursuing the BM in Commercial Music degrees are required to successfully complete: a piano proficiency; attend 56 approved concerts and recitals; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all MUSC courses; successfully pass a Freshman Promotional Jury and Sophomore performance review; conducting; and, 12 hours in Directed Courses.


Program of Study

Commercial Music Major (B.M.)
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Music Theory Core Courses (17 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 330 Music Technology I: Notation 3
Commercial Music Courses (8 hrs)
MUSC 218 Fundamentals of Music Production and Audio Engineering 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
MUSC 372 Christian Music Community 3
Concentration (22-30 hrs)
Choose one of the following concentrations: Artist Development, Film Scoring (Film and Media), Jazz Studies, Recording Engineering and Producing, or Songwriting.
Directed Courses (Required) (0-12 hrs)

Concentrations

Commercial Music Major (B.M.) Artist Development Concentration
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (78 hrs)
Music Theory Core (17 hrs)
Commercial Music Courses (8 hrs)
Concentration (27 hrs)
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 302 Commercial Music Techniques for Worship 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 373 Artist Spiritual Formation 3
MUSC 379 Artist Presentation 3
MUSC 396 Junior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
MUSC 436 Christian Music Industry Seminar 2
MUSC 468 Senior Commercial Music Program 1
Practical Internships (4 hrs)
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 2
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 2
Applied Music Studies (16 hrs)
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Students must choose Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion as their Primary Instrument.
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 2
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 2
MUSC 422 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 2
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 2
MUSC 442 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 2
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Secondary Instrument: Students choosing Voice Primary will take Piano, Guitar or Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Instrument as the Secondary Instrument. Students selecting Piano, Guitar or Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion as the Primary Instrument must take Voice as the Secondary Instrument.
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
Piano Secondary: 1
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Strings, Brass Woodwind or Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-12 hrs) 2
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature 3
TOTAL HOURS: 136 hours minimum required; at least 34 hours must be 300-400 level.

Recommended for students whose primary is not piano

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Commercial Music Major (B.M.) Film Scoring (Film and Media) Concentration
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (77 hrs)
Music Theory Core (17 hrs)
Commercial Music Courses (8 hrs)
Concentration (27 hrs)
MUSC 309 Orchestration 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 334 Music Technology II: Sequencing 3 OR
CINE 271 Introduction to Pro Tools 3
MUSC 335 Introduction to Film Scoring 3
MUSC 336 Orchestration for Film and Media 3
MUSC 337 Scoring Techniques for Film and Media 3
MUSC 338 Groove Writing 2
MUSC 368 Junior Commercial Music Program 1
MUSC 468 Senior Commercial Music Program 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
Choose two of the following: 2
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I
MUSC 179 Classical Guitar Ensemble I
MUSC 180 University Chorale I
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I
Choose four of the following: 4
MUSC 479 Classical Guitar Ensemble II
MUSC 480 University Chorale II
MUSC 481 Concert Choir II
MUSC 482 Chamber Singers II
MUSC 483 Jazz Ensemble II
MUSC 485 Symphony Orchestra II
MUSC 494 Wind Symphony II
Applied Music Studies (19 hrs)
MUSC 133 Contemporary Techniques in Composition I 1
MUSC 139 Contemporary Techniques in Composition II 1
MUSC 233 Private Composition (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 239 Private Composition (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 333 Private Composition (Junior) 2
MUSC 339 Private Composition (Junior) 1
MUSC 433 Private Composition (Senior) 2
MUSC 439 Private Composition (Senior) 1
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice Primary, Piano Primary, or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary 6
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman)
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman)
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore)
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore)
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior)
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior)
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman)
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman)
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore)
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore)
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior)
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior)
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman)
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman)
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore)
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore)
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior)
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior)
Directed Courses (0-12) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures 3 OR
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
TOTAL HOURS: 135 hours minimum required; at least 34 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Commercial Music Major (B.M.) Jazz Studies Concentration
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (78-83 hrs)
Music Theory Core (17 hrs)
Commercial Music Courses (8 hrs)
Concentration (25-30 hrs)
MUSC 143 Jazz Improvisation and Lab I 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 326 History of Jazz 3
MUSC 327 Jazz Styles and Analysis 3
MUSC 334 Music Technology II: Sequencing 3 OR
CINE 271 Introduction to Pro Tools
MUSC 364 Contemporary Styles Survey I 1 OR
MUSC 365 Contemporary Styles Survey II
MUSC 366 Jazz Arranging 3
MUSC 367 Jazz Pedagogy 3
MUSC 499 Internship 1-6
Ensemble (11 hrs)
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I 4
MUSC 193 Chamber Music Ensemble I 1
MUSC 483 Jazz Ensemble II 4
MUSC 493 Chamber Music Ensemble II 2
Applied Music Studies (17 hrs)
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind, or Percussion
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 2
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 2
MUSC 422 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 2
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 2
MUSC 442 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 2
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Secondary Instrument 2
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 247 Jazz Piano I
MUSC 248 Jazz Guitar I
Choose one of the following:
MUSC 347 Jazz Piano II
MUSC 348 Jazz Guitar II
Directed Courses (0-12) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 213 Survey of Popular and Jazz Music Literature 3 OR
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature
MUSC 311 Music History (Antiquity - 1750) 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 136 hours minimum required; at least 34 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements

Commercial Music Major (B.M.) Songwriting Concentration
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life and Thought (22-23 hrs)
Major (79 hrs)
Music Theory Core (17 hrs)
Commercial Music Courses (8 hrs)
Concentration (28 hrs)
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 310 Principles of Arranging 3
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 334 Music Technology II: Sequencing 3
MUSC 376 Principles for Songwriting I 2
MUSC 377 Principles for Songwriting II 2
MUSC 396 Junior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
MUSC 436 Christian Music Industry Seminar 2
MUSC 468 Senior Commercial Music Program 1
Practical Internships (4 hrs)
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 2
MUSC 389 The Worship Choir III 2
Applied Music Studies (16 hrs)
MUSC 370 Private Songwriting 10
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion
MUSC 398 Junior Recital 1
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 1
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
Directed Courses (0-12 hrs) 1
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
MUSC 371 Survey of Songwriting Literature 3
TOTAL HOURS: 137 hours minimum required; at least 35 hours must be 300-400 level.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


DEPARTMENT OF MULTI-ETHNIC MUSIC STUDIES

Katherine Morehouse, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology


Music in World Cultures Major (B.M.)

PURPOSE
Liberty University is pleased to offer the B.M. in Music and World Culture for the purpose of equipping musicians in various global and ethnic settings. Over the last 20 years, studies in world music and ethnomusicology have become a growing part of the education process in many college and university music programs.  Our goal is to prepare students in: ethnic music making; bi-cultural teacher/performance; world music pedagogy; and, continued graduate studies in ethnomusicology.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in musical performance.
  2. Demonstrate broad-based knowledge of musical style, music literature, and music theory.
  3. Critically evaluate music and music research materials.
  4. Demonstrate an integration of Christian faith and the discipline of music.
  5. Apply principles of ethnomusicology through practical experience and research.

Program of Study

Music Major (B.M.) Music in World Cultures
Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (23-24 hrs)
Major Area (19 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 385 Career Preparation for Global Workers 3
MUSC 392 Ethnic Music Program 1
MUSC 402 Ethnic Music Theory 3
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
MUSC 424 Arts in Global Outreach 3
MUSC 440 Ethnic Music Seminar 3
Music Core (27 hrs)
MUSC 105 Harmonic Practices and Theory I 3
MUSC 106 Harmonic Practices and Theory II 3
MUSC 107 Musicianship I 1
MUSC 108 Musicianship II 1
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 203 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices I 2
MUSC 204 Commercial Music Theory and Harmonic Practices II 2
MUSC 207 Musicianship III 1
MUSC 208 Musicianship IV 1
MUSC 315 Basic Conducting 2
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 360 Commercial Improvisation Techniques 2
Practical Internships (5 hrs)
MUSC 394 Practicum I 1
MUSC 395 Practicum II 1
MUSC 499 Internship 3
Ensemble (6 hrs)
MUSC 349 Ethnic Music Ensemble 4
Choose two from the following: 2
MUSC 178 The Worship Choir I 1
MUSC 179 Classical Guitar Ensemble I 1
MUSC 180 University Chorale I 1
MUSC 181 Concert Choir I 1
MUSC 182 Chamber Singers I 1
MUSC 183 Jazz Ensemble I 1
MUSC 185 Symphony Orchestra I 1
MUSC 186 Brass Choir I 1
MUSC 187 University Band 1
MUSC 188 Woodwind Choir I 1
MUSC 189 Celebration Choir 1
MUSC 192 Percussion Ensemble I 1
MUSC 194 Wind Symphony I 1
MUSC 285 The Worship Orchestra I 1
MUSC 286 The Gospel Choir I 1
MUSC 287 Jazz Guitar Ensemble I 1
MUSC 289 The Worship Choir II 1
Applied Music Studies (17 hrs)
MUSC 496 Senior Artist or Worship Program 1
MUSC 498 Senior Recital 1
Primary Instrument: Choose from Voice, Piano or Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion 13
Voice Primary:
MUSC 121 Voice (Freshman) 1
MUSC 122 Voice (Freshman) 2
MUSC 221 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 222 Voice (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 321 Voice (Junior) 2
MUSC 322 Voice (Junior) 1
MUSC 421 Voice (Senior) 2
MUSC 422 Voice (Senior) 1
Piano Primary:
MUSC 141 Private Piano (Freshman) 1
MUSC 142 Private Piano (Freshman) 2
MUSC 241 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 242 Private Piano (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 341 Private Piano (Junior) 2
MUSC 342 Private Piano (Junior) 1
MUSC 441 Private Piano (Senior) 2
MUSC 442 Private Piano (Senior) 1
Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Primary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 2
MUSC 251 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 252 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Sophomore) 2
MUSC 351 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 2
MUSC 352 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Junior) 1
MUSC 451 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 2
MUSC 452 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Senior) 1
Secondary Instrument 1 2
Voice Secondary:
MUSC 120 Group Voice I 1
MUSC 220 Group Voice II 1
Piano Secondary: 2
MUSC 244 Group Piano IV 1
MUSC 345 Group Piano V 1
Guitar Secondary:
MUSC 150 Group Guitar I 1
MUSC 250 Group Guitar II 1
Strings, Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Secondary:
MUSC 151 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
MUSC 152 Guitar, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion (Freshman) 1
Directed Courses (0-12 hrs) 3
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 312 Music History (Since 1750) 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
MUSC 314 Music in World Cultures 3
TOTAL HOURS: 133 hours minimum required; at least 34 hours must be 300-400 level.

The Secondary Instrument cannot be the same as the Primary Instrument.

Recommended for students whose primary in not piano.

These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)Degree Completion Plans for degree programs offered by the School of Music can be accessed at: http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.



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