Certificate in Musicianship

One-Year Program (30 Credits)

A year-long opportunity to study music, an instrument, your voice, and the Bible. Gain fluency in music as you take private music lessons; learn more about music theory and songwriting. Grow musically as you put what you learn into practice as you participate in vocal and instrumental ensembles. Bible courses will ground your faith as you study scripture with faculty who will journey with you in discovering the richness of God’s Word.

Worship Ministry is also available as a 2-year Diploma and a 4-year Bachelor.

Courses revolve around: ************

  • Worship leader in your church or camp.
  • Use music in daycare, preschool, or senior’s facilities.
  • Work in the retail music industry.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the content, processes, and practices of music, musicianship, and a Christian worldview of the role of arts in the world.
  2. Able to apply principles and practices of worship to a growing personal life.
  3. Increase in effective, artistic, and confident personal performance skills.
  4. Clearly demonstrate an ability to be a productive, supportive, and contributing member of a musical team.

Students successfully completing the one-year certificate can apply to the two-year Music and Worship Arts Diploma (songwriting and recording) or the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Ministry-Worship Leading and Music. Many of the courses in the one-year certificate will transfer to the other 2 Music and Worship Arts programs.

  • Students will be able to participate in the Music and Worship Arts co-curricular opportunities such as Music Appreciation, the Vinyl Vault, and the SongSmith Society. These opportunities will assist the student’s pursuit of musicianship.
  • Students will be interacting with and studying with present and like-minded music and worship arts students, as there will be similar requirements of music lessons, music lessons practice, music ensemble playing, etc.
  • Students will gain a foundation in musicianship with an aim toward fluency. Yearlong study in an instrument, in voice and vocal production, in songwriting, in ensemble playing will be directed to this aim.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (12 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books

Arts and Sciences Core (3 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing

Music Courses (15 credits)

MU 080 Music Theory (2 semesters)
MU 083 Sight Reading/Ear Training (2 semesters)
MU 091 Community Choir (2 semesters) (2 credits)
MU 092 Applied Band/Ensemble (1 credit) 
MU 155 Music Lessons (piano or guitar) (2 credits)
MU 155 Music Lessons (voice) (2 credits)
WA 087 Applied Songwriting (1 credit)
WA 120 Introduction to Songwriting (1 credit)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

In order to be successful in the Worship Arts program, students must have raw musical talent. Please submit one video demo: a cover of a song or piece that moves you (with PDF chord chart). We don’t require a complex multi-camera edited film – a simple and clear video shot with an iPhone or any smartphone works well. Make sure your camera device is stable (preferably on a tripod or still surface) and close enough for good, non-distorted audio and clear video. The audition demos can be uploaded to YouTube, Dropbox, or e-mailed to Admissions.