Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [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

Doug Crawley, B.M., M.C.M., D.M.A.
Associate Dean, Graduate Music Studies
Associate Professor of Music and Worship

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


FACULTY
The School of Music (SOM) faculty includes 43 full-time and 30 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:

  1. A quality, world-class education experience. [Quality Education]
  2. Opportunity to grow in their aptitude and ability and performance skill in their instrument of choice. [Personal Growth]
  3. 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]
  4. Opportunity to discover potential through mentoring and discipleship experiences. [Opportunity to Discovery and Creativity]
  5. 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 https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=23 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


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.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Graduate Music Studies Division is to train highly skilled musicians to serve as music and worship practitioners, music educators and ethnomusicologists specifically for and in the evangelical community. These purposes are accomplished through curricula development, student internship and apprenticeships, local church ministry, professional teaching opportunities, publishing and recording, artist development and empirical research.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Graduate programs offered by the Graduate  Music Studies Divison prepares students to meet the challenge of their profession with skill, insight, and intentionality.


Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (M.A.)

(Online Music Degree)

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


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology equips students to work in a diverse global society using the medium of music, including: foundational scholarship (history and theory), skill development (analysis and technology), performance of non-Western music, and practical application through field experience and independent research. The program at Liberty University fits well with the institution’s emphasis on intercultural studies and its stated aim to “contribute to a knowledge and understanding of other cultures”. Music is a universal form of expression in which cultures of the world capture the essence of their worldview, and it is the system of memory in which cultural history and religious belief is recorded. The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology provides musicians, social scientists, and worship leaders, music educators, ministers of music and church leaders an understanding of ethnic music culture that facilitates the use of indigenous music in cross-cultural communication, ministry, and research.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize various historical and contemporary theories of ethnomusicology.
  2. Integrate Christian principles into the use of indigenous music in worship, discipleship and evangelism.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of non-Western systems of music through cultural and theoretical analysis, including application of technology.
  4. Demonstrate acquisition of beginning to intermediate performance skill in a selected area of ethnic music.
  5. Apply ethnomusicology principles through practical experience and research.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology requires the completion of 45 hours of graduate coursework. Students complete their course of study using a blended delivery system of 16-week online courses combined with on campus summer intensives.  Students who do not have an undergraduate course in world music must complete ETHM 511 – Introduction to Ethnomusicology in addition to the 42 hours required.  

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to our Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis. The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that the students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. One recommendation.
  4. Students seeking admission to the program must perform an audition that demonstrates musical proficiency sufficient to meet the requirements of the degree.
  5. An interview with the Program Director of MA in Ethnomusicology Degree. During the interview with the Program Director, the student must provide evident of proficiency in at least one foreign language.
  6. Statement of “Purpose for Pursuing the Degree Essay”
  7. Students need to verify accessibility of adequate technology to complete requirements as specified by Liberty University Online.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer up to nine (9) hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In addition, transfer students will be required to perform an entrance interview and audition with the Coordinator of Ethnomusicology.

In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Successful completion of all course and thesis requirements (45 semester hours).
  2. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA.
  3. A minimum of 33 semester hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  4. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  6. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Degree must be completed within seven years.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (45 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Foundational Studies Courses (36 hrs)
ETHM 511 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 512 Field of Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 513 Anthropology of Music 3
ETHM 514 Organology 3
ETHM 515 Music, Orality and Storytelling 3
ETHM 530 Worship and Culture 3*
ETHM 531 Resources and Materials in Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 560 Ethnic Music Performance 1 3
ETHM 613 Applied Ethnomusicology 3*
ETHM 650 Research Methods in Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 688 Field Experience in Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 690 Master's Thesis/Project Defense 2 3
Elective Courses (9 hrs)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
ETHM 500 Ethnic Music Theory
ETHM 600 Transciption and Analysis of Non-Western Music
Choose two of the following courses:
ETHM 540 Seminar in Ethnic Music 3
ETHM 541 Seminar in Ethnic Music: India 3
ETHM 542 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Native America 3
ETHM 543 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Africa 3
ETHM 544 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Latin America 3
ETHM 545 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Middle East 3
ETHM 546 Seminar in Ethnic Music: China 3
ETHM 547 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Southeast Asia 3
ETHM 548 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Indonesia 3
ETHM 549 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Eastern Europe 3
*Course offered as a summer Intensive

Ethnic Music Performance arrangements are made by the individual student (often in their country of service) and must be pre-approved by the Coordinator of Ethnomusicology who also supervises and evaluates student achievement according to the requirements specified in the syllabus.

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in ETHM 690 after completing ETHM 688 may be required, as determined by the student's thesis/project chair, to take ETHM 689 Master's Thesis/Project Proposal and Research, and may be required to repeat ETHM 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in ETHM 690.


Master of Arts in Music Education (M.A.)

(Resident and Online Music Degree)

John D. Kinchen, III, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Program Director, Master of Arts in Music Education
Associate Dean, Center for Music and the Performing Arts
Associate Professor of Music and Worship


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Music Education is a unique degree offering among colleges and universities, both private and public.  The degree program is designed to provide four essentials needed for successful development of music education: Foundational Studies (9 hours); Applied Music Studies (9 hours); Music Education Studies (12 hours); and Research (6 hours).

The degree is designed to meet the needs of four distinct groups:

  1. Those currently working in the profession as music educators.  Many states require that public and private school teachers continue to develop themselves educationally, often toward receiving advanced degrees. 
  2. Students currently completing their B.M., B.A., or B.S. in Music, B.M. in Music Performance, B.M. in Music with a Teacher Licensure, or B.M. in Music Education, who desire to continue their studies, better preparing them for the job market.  The M.A. in Music Education also establishes academic credential for those teaching on the primary, secondary, or college level. 
  3. Teachers employed in public or private schools looking for educational alternatives that allow them to remain active in their current career.  These teachers are often required to fulfill mandates for continuing education for the purpose of remaining current in the discipline, but are concerned about the realities of resigning from their job and relocating to an on-campus program of study.
  4. Students desiring to complete a Ph.D. in Music.  The M.A. in Music Education allows students who have a B.M., B.S., or B.A. in other music disciplines (performance, worship, commercial music, songwriting, etc.) to be prepared to enter a Ph.D. program for Music Education.

The M.A. in Music Education helps students evaluate historical, philosophical, and methodological issues related to music education through a grid rooted in and formulated by a Christian worldview; and, demonstrates the “mission-centered integration of teaching and research.”  Further, this degree program is designed to prepare students as scholars in the field of Music Education.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Compare historical and contemporary theories of Music Education.
  2. Integrate Christian worldview within a music education philosophy and methodology.
  3. Analyze and arrange music in traditional and contemporary styles with the appropriate use of technology.
  4. Perform and conduct within the music education discipline.
  5. Develop strategies for music education through curricular design or research.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Music Education must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) in one of the following areas: B.A./ B.S./B.M. in Music Education; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Music; B.A./ B.S. in Worship Studies; B.A./ B.S. in Music and Worship; or equivalent in music, music education, or music and worship. 
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis. The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. One letter of recommendation.
  4. Statement-of-purpose essay.
  5. Students need to verify accessibility of adequate technology to complete requirements as specified by Liberty University Online.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer up to six (6) hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Successful completion of all course and thesis or research project requirements (36 semester hours).
  2. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA.
  3. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credit from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  4. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  6. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Degree must be completed within five years.
  9. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  10. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Music Education (36 hrs)
Foundational Studies Courses (9 hrs)
MUSC 510 Foundations of Music Education 3
MUSC 524 Analytical Techniques 1 3
MUSC 531 Bibliography and Research 3
Applied Music Studies Courses (9 hrs)
MUSC 515 Graduate Conducting 3*
MUSC 550 Applied Music 2 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
MUSC 525 Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques
MUSC 630 Advanced Principles of Music Technology 3
Music Education Studies Courses (12 hrs)
ETHM 511 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 3
MUSC 620 Music in America 3
MUSC 640 History and Philosophy of Music Education in America 3
MUSC 670 Principles of Curricula and Pedagogy for Music Education 3
Research Studies Courses (6 hrs)
MUSC 650 Research in Music Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
MUSC 687 Music Education Curriculum Project
MUSC 690 Thesis 4
*Course offered as an Intensive

Students must successfully complete the Graduate Music Theory Assessment as a prerequisite to MUSC 524.

Choose from the following: Voice, Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Songwriting, Arranging or Conducting.

Students must successfully complete the Music Technology proficiency evaluation as a prerequisite to MUSC 630.

Any student who will not be able to complete and defend his/her thesis in the course of a single semester may be required to take MUSC 689 Thesis Proposal and Research and repeat the course each semester until deemed ready for enrollment in MUSC 690.


Master of Arts in Music and Worship (M.A.)

(Resident and Online Music Degree)

W. Douglas Crawley, B.M., M.C.M., D.M.A.
Program Director, Master of Arts in Music and Worship
Associate Dean, Graduate Music Studies
Associate Professor of Music and Worship


PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Music and Worship is a 45-hour graduate vocational degree that equips and trains skilled musicians as worship pastors.  It provides students opportunity to study and practice (1) context-specific biblical and theological competencies in worship; (2) identify and develop music theories and skills through “praxis” experiences; (3) worship theories practical to the local church; (4) and empirical researchthatenhances individual leadership roles in music and worship. Students also receive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods. The end goal is to develop the students knowledge and expertise to excell in a variety of music and worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate theological, musical, cultural, and ecclesiastical standards for the worship leader.
  2. Analyze various roles for the worship leader.
  3. Design worship strategy based on the organizational, contextual, musical, and analytical skills needed for leading worship in the evangelical traditions.
  4. Apply outcomes of research methodology to the study of music and worship in the evangelical community.
  5. Demonstrate functional vocal, guitar, piano, arranging or conducting skills for worship leading.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) in one of the following areas: B.A./ B.S. in Music Education; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Music; B.A./ B.S. in Worship Studies; B.A./ B.S. in Music and Worship; or equivalent in music, music education, or music and worship. 
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis. The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. One letter of recommendation
  4. Statement of “Purpose for Pursuing the Degree Essay”
  5. Students need to verify accessibility of adequate technology to complete requirements as specified by Liberty University Online.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit:  WMUS 525 and WRSP 690.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Music and Worship program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 45 hours.
  2. A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Required 3.00 GPA.
  5. No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ and C-).
  6. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  9. All Resident students must enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Music and Worship (45 hrs)
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Foundational Studies Courses (9 hrs)
WMUS 524 Analytical Techniques for the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship 3
WRSP 650 Bibliography and Research in Music and Worship 3
Music Studies Courses (18 hrs)
WMUS 515 Graduate Conducting for the Worship Leader 3*
WMUS 525 Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques for Worship 3
WMUS 550 Applied Music 1 3*
WMUS 610 Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship 3*
Choose two of the following courses: 6
WMUS 600 Music Resources and Literature for Worship Leading
WMUS 630 Principles of Worship Technology
WMUS 670 Principles of Music and Worship Pedagogy
Worship Studies Courses (15 hrs)
WRSP 502 History and Philosophy of Worship 3
WRSP 520 The Role of the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship 3
WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
WRSP 501 The Dynamics of Corporate Worship
WRSP 530 Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader
WRSP 545 Global Worship
WRSP 551 Building a Balanced Worship Ministry *
WRSP 645 The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader *
Research Studies Courses (3 hrs)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
WMUS 687 Music and Worship Ministry Project
WMUS 690 Worship Program Recital
WRSP 690 Thesis 2
WRSP 699 Graduate Worship Internship
*Course offered as an Intensive

Choose from the following: Voice, Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Songwriting, Arranging or Conducting.

Any student who will not be able to complete and defend his/her thesis in the course of a single semester may be required to take WRSP 689 Thesis Proposal and Research and repeat the course each semester until deemed ready for enrollment in WRSP 690.


Master of Arts in Worship Studies (M.A.)

(Non-Music Degree)

W. Douglas Crawley, B.M., M.C.M., D.M.A.
Program Director, Master of Arts in Music and Worship
Associate Dean, Graduate Music Studies
Associate Professor of Music and Worship

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Worship Studies is a 45-hour non-music graduate program that provides students opportunity to study and practice: 1) context-specific biblical and theological competencies in worship; 2) worship theories practical to the local church; and 3) career specific principles as applied to leadership, church planting or ethnomusicology. The goal is to develop student knowledge and expertise to excel in a variety of worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Build a worship strategy based on biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of worship.
  2. Evaluate theological, musical, cultural, and ecclesiastical standards for the worship leader.
  3. Apply principles of critical contextualization to current issues confronting worship leaders in the evangelical tradition.
  4. Analyze various roles for the worship leader.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) in one of the following areas: B.A./ B.S. in Music Education; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Music; B.A./ B.S. in Worship Studies; B.A./ B.S. in Music and Worship; or equivalent in music, music education, or music and worship.  Consideration will be given to those without a Bachelor’s in music or worship [or equivalent] upon completion of an interview with and recommendation from the Program Director of the MA in Worship Studies Degree.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis.  The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that students must take GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. One letter of recommendation.
  4. Statement of “Purpose for Pursuing the Degree Essay.”
  5. Students need to verify accessibility of adequate technology to complete requirements as specified by Liberty University Online.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of C-, and no more than three courses that were completed more than 10 years prior to the application of transfer of credit will be permitted to transfer. Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Worship Studies program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 45 hours.
  2. A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Required 2.00 GPA.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  7. All Resident students must enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Worship Studies (45 hrs)
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Foundational Studies Courses (12 hrs)
THEO 530 Systematic Theology II 3
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship 3
WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship 1 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
NBST 510 New Testament Introduction
NBST 515 New Testament Orientation I
NBST 610 Hermeneutics
OBST 510 Old Testament Introduction
OBST 520 Old Testament Orientation II
OBST 659 Job-Song of Songs and Lamentations
OBST 660 Psalms
Worship Studies Courses (15 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Church Planting; Ethnomusicology; or Leadership.
Practical Theology in Worship Courses (3 hrs)
EVAN 525 Contemporary Evangelism 3

Course offered as an Intensive


Cognates

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Worship Studies - Church Planting Cognate (15 hrs)
Foundational Studies Courses (12 hrs)
Worship Studies Courses (15 hrs)
WRSP 501 The Dynamics of Corporate Worship 3*
WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship 3
WRSP 551 Building a Balanced Worship Ministry 3*
WRSP 645 The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
CHHI 660 American Christianity
CHHI 665 History of Baptists
Church Planting Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
DSMN 660 Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church 3
EVAN 505 Introduction to Church Planting 3
EVAN 610 Church Planting Methods and Culture 3
EVAN 670 Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare 3
WRSP 545 Global Worship 3*
Practical Theology in Worship Courses (3 hrs)
*Course offered as an Intensive
(M.A.) Master of Arts in Worship Studies - Ethnomusicology Cognate (15 hrs)
Foundational Studies Courses (12 hrs)
Worship Studies Courses (15 hrs)
CHHI 665 History of Baptists 3
WRSP 501 The Dynamics of Corporate Worship 3*
WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship 3
WRSP 545 Global Worship 3*
WRSP 551 Building a Balanced Worship Ministry 3*
Ethnomusicology Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
ETHM 511 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 1 3
ETHM 512 Field of Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 513 Anthropology of Music 3
ETHM 514 Organology 3
ETHM 613 Applied Ethnomusicology 3*
Practical Theology in Worship Courses (3 hrs)
*Course offered as an Intensive

Students who have already taken ETHM 511 or an equivalent course prior to enrolling at LU may substitute a course from the ETHM 540 series.

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Worship Studies - Leadership Cognate (15 hrs)
Foundational Studies Courses (12 hrs)
Worship Studies Courses (15 hrs)
CHHI 665 History of Baptists 3
WMUS 610 Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship 3*
WRSP 502 History and Philosophy of Worship 3
WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship 3
WRSP 545 Global Worship 3*
Leadership Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
WRSP 501 The Dynamics of Corporate Worship 3*
WRSP 520 The Role of the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 530 Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 551 Building a Balanced Worship Ministry 3*
WRSP 645 The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader 3*
Practical Theology in Worship Courses (3 hrs)
*Course offered as an Intensive

Doctor of Worship Studies (D.W.S.)

(Non-Music Degree)

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

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Worship Studies is a 45-hour post-graduate, non-music, professional, non-terminal doctorate (commensurate to the Doctor of Ministry) that places emphasis on practical application of worship studies to the ministry.  It is primarily targeted to the career minister of music/worship pastor constituent and provides theological, philosophical and practical studies based on the demands of the 21st evangelical worship ministry. Built on a graduate degree in music, church music or worship, the DWS provides an option for advanced studies at the professional doctorate level for worship practitioners desiring to expand their skill set to reflect a rapidly changing worship culture.  As with all graduate degrees in the School of Music, the end goal is to develop knowledge and expertise to function in a variety of music and worship cultures and contexts within the evangelical community.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Examine the pastoral and worship leader roles in evangelical worship.
  2. Synthesize the historical development and relationship of worship to the Christian Church.
  3. Evaluate contextual approaches for worship leading.
  4. Analyze trends in worship theology, philosophy and methodology.
  5. Investigate the pedagogical role of the worship leader in evangelical worship.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to Doctor of Worship Studies must meet the following requirements:

  1. An earned master’s degree in music or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).  Master degrees qualifying for entrance into the Doctor of Worship Studies degree may include:
  1. Master of Divinity in Worship Studies
  2. Master of Arts in Worship Studies
  3. Master of Arts in Music and Worship
  4. Master of Arts in Worship Leadership
  5. Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology
  6. *Master of Arts in Church Music
  7. *Master of Music in Church Music
  8. *Master of Church Music
  9. *Master of Music
  10. *Master of Arts in Music
  11. *Master of Worship Studies
  12. *Master of Arts or Master of Science in Related Degrees

*Applicants must finish the equivalent of 45 graduate hours of which at least 9 of these hours must successfully be completed with a minimum of a “B” grade in: WRSP 635 Building a Theology of Worship, WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship, and WRSP 502 History and Philosophy of Worship.

  1. Two letters of recommendation from a pastor and/or college or university professor.  This form will be a requirement for all applicants.
  2. A graduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered for enrollment in the program on a cautionary basis.  The cautionary range will begin at a GPA of 2.5 through 2.99 with the stipulation that students must take and complete GRST 500. 
  3. Consideration will be given to those without a master level degree in music or worship [or equivalent] upon completion of an interview with and recommendation from the Program Director of the Doctor of Worship Studies degree.
  4. Professional vita showing three years of experience in full-time ministry
  5. A current place of successful ministry where worship-related projects may be completed.
  6. Statement of “Purpose for Pursuing the Degree” and “Philosophy of Worship.”
  7. Interview and recommendation from the Doctor of Worship Studies Degree Program Director.
  8. Students need to verify accessibility of adequate technology to complete requirements as specified by Liberty University Online

TRANSFER CREDIT
Transfer students will be required to submit transcripts for evaluation as per the normal process established by the University. Students may transfer a maximum of 6 hours of coursework from an accredited institution.  In order to be eligible for transfer credit, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed within the past 10 years. Credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

The following courses are not eligible for transfer credit:  WMUS 525 and WRSP 890.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, graduates of the Master of Arts in Music and Worship program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 45 hours.
  • A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  • A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  • Required 3.00 GPA.
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+/C-).
  • No grade of D or lower may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+/D-).
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  • Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(D.W.S.) Doctor of Worship Studies (45 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format Only 1
Biblical and Theological Studies Courses (9 hrs)
WRSP 801 Corporate Worship 3
WRSP 810 Foundations of Christian Worship 3
WRSP 835 The Theology of Worship 3
Advanced Worship Studies Courses (18 hrs)
WRSP 820 The Worship Leader 3
WRSP 840 Transitions in Worship 3
WRSP 845 The Pastor and the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 846 Growth and Development of the Worship Pastor 3*
WRSP 851 Balanced Worship 3
WRSP 997 Advanced Seminar in Worship Studies 3*
Worship and Culture Courses (6 hrs)
WRSP 811 Principles of Ethno-doxology 3*
WRSP 812 Theological and Cultural Contextualization in Worship 3
Practicum Course (3 hrs)
WRSP 899 Worship Apprenticeship 3
Research Studies Course (9 hrs)
WRSP 880 Introduction to the Thesis Writing Project 3*
WRSP 889 Thesis Project Proposal & Research 2 3
WRSP 890 Thesis Project Defense 3
*Course offered as an Intesive

Students must complete 9 hours with a minimum grade of B in History and Philosophy of Worship (WRSP 502), Biblical Foundations of Worship (WRSP 510), and Building a Theology of Worship (WRSP 635) or their equivalents before the completion of 9 hours of DWS coursework.

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in WRSP 890 after completing WRSP 889 may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat WRSP 889 until deemed ready for enrollment in WRSP 890.

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


School of Music - Graduate Certificates

The School of Music offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  6. Submit a Certificate Completion Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures - Ethnomusicology

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures - Ethnomusicology is to provide for the professional missionary or musician training in five basic areas of Ethnomusicology. It is generally assumed students pursuing this program of study are not interested in completing a degree in the discipline. Students entering this area of study are not required to complete an audition for admittance to into the program.  Students are required to submit an enrollment application for graduate studies.

Graduate Certificate in Music in World Cultures - Ethnomusicology (12 hrs)
ETHM 511 Introduction to Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 512 Field of Ethnomusicology 3
ETHM 515 Music, Orality and Storytelling 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
ETHM 540 Seminar in Ethnic Music
ETHM 541 Seminar in Ethnic Music: India
ETHM 542 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Native America
ETHM 543 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Africa
ETHM 544 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Latin America
ETHM 545 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Middle East
ETHM 546 Seminar in Ethnic Music: China
ETHM 547 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Southeast Asia
ETHM 548 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Indonesia
ETHM 549 Seminar in Ethnic Music: Eastern Europe

Graduate Certificate in Worship Studies

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Worship Studies is to provide for the professional musician training in five basic areas of Worship. It is generally assumed students pursuing this program of study are not interested in completing a degree in the discipline. Students are required to submit an enrollment application for graduate studies.

Graduate Certificate in Worship Studies (12 hrs)
WRSP 502 History and Philosophy of Worship 3
WRSP 510 Biblical Foundations of Worship 3
WRSP 520 The Role of the Worship Leader 3
WRSP 540 Current Issues in Worship 3

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.



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