Diploma in Music and Worship Arts: Songwriting & Recording

Two-Year Program (63 Credits)

A two-year program designed to train and assist you in writing your songs. The program culminates with you recording your own songs in a professional studio. Challenging and life-transforming bible courses will strengthen your spiritual journey and influence your music. Musical training rounds out your experience as you take lessons, learn the language of music, and perform in various ensembles.

Worship Ministry is also available as a 1- year Certificate and a 4-year Bachelor.

Courses revolve around:

  • Song composer.
  • Singer/songwriter.
  • Concert and touring opportunities.
  • Music production and lessons.
  • Church and camp ministries.
  1. Discover and develop your musical mother language; the musical style and lyrical approach that represent your unique musical expression and contribution.
  2. Integrate Biblical truth with songwriting as you write original songs and scripture songs and compose creative music.
  3. Write at least five original songs that are ready to record, representing your worldview, theology, and anthropology.
  4. Record an EP (minimum five songs) learning how to arrange songs and the skills and craft of professional audio recording.
Students are prepared to go on to areas of specialization in the music industry. There are a wide variety of tasks and opportunities for work in the broader music industry environment.

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (18 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 243 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts and Sciences Core (21 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 151 How Music Works
MU 150 Group Vocal Lessons (1 credit)
MU 191 Performing Ensemble (4 credits)
MU 1-255 Music Lessons (4 credits)
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
WA 123 The Language of Music 1 (1 credit)
WA 124 The Language of Music 2 (1 credit) 
WA 228 The Language of Music and Writing (1 credit)

Music and Worship Arts Courses (24 credits)

WA 224 Arranging Songs (2 credits)
WA 227 Recording and Producing (1 credit)
WA 229 The Language of Music and Charting (2 credits)
WA 232 How Musicians Work
Songwriting Concentration
WA 121 Songwriting 1
WA 122 Songwriting 2
WA 221 Songwriting 3
WA 235 Music Business
WA 372 EP Project (4 creidts)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

  • Self-employed singer/songwriter.
  • Church or camp music leader.
  • Teach music lessons.
  • Retail music industry.

Graduate with a professionally produced EP of your music! Need we say more?

OK, here’s more! Learn from visiting guest artists who are part of the music business and gain insight from their experiences, training, and expertise.

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.