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Program Overview

Program Overview

There’s no better place to grow as a musician and worshiper than Music City. From leading or writing worship music to serving on a tech team, our faculty experts will prepare you for a career in the worship arts.

We've designed this program to shape our students into creative, well-grounded artists able to craft and lead authentic worship experiences. We don't promote a particular style of worship, but our instructors are successful worship leaders, songwriters and producers who are ready to mentor you. We're committed to your success.

You'll have the unique opportunity for hands-on training with Nashville professionals. And you'll be using the most current music and media resources available. When you graduate, you'll be ready to serve in a wide variety of ministry and employment opportunities. As you train, you'll have access to our studios, the Sound Emporium and Commercial House, as well as The Well Coffeehouse's Black River Stage.

When you graduate, you’ll do so confident and ready to serve in a variety of ministry and employment opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

As a student choosing to pursue either a major or minor in music or a worship ministry major at Lipscomb University, you will be required to complete a performance audition and a music theory placement exam. A music scholarship audition may meet this audition requirement, or you may play or sing for the music faculty prior to the end of your first semester.

The theory placement exam is given during the summer when you come for your ADVANCE session. The theory faculty use the exam to determine which beginning theory class (Fundamentals of Music or Music Theory I) will provide the most appropriate placement.

Courses

Courses

Pending program approval by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Worship Arts degree is shared by the College of Bible and Ministry and the School of Music. Administration and advising for the degree are in the School of Music. 

Courses

Worship core, 19 hours

  • WA 1013 - Worship and the Arts
  • WA 2303 - The Complete Worship Leader (3) F
  • WA 2313 - Worship Design and Practice (3) SP Offered odd-numbered years
  • WA 3013 - Technology for Worship
  • MU 3403 - History of Church Music (3) SP Offered even-numbered years
  • WA 0110 - Worship Arts Forum
  • WA 3211 - Worship Arts Practicum
  • WA 4211 - Worship Technology Practicum
  • WA 4992 - Worship Arts Internship and Capstone

Bible Core, 15 hours

  • BI 2283 - Explorations in Ministry 
  • BI 3203 - God, Creation, and New Creation 
  • BI 3813 - A Theology of the Church 
  • BI 4503 - Old Testament Interpretation 
  • BI 4513 - New Testament Interpretation 
  • The general education language requirement may be satisfied by GR 1515, GR 1525, HB 1515, HB 1525 or any of the modern languages.

Music Core, 20 hours

  • MU 1133 - Theory I 
  • MU 1143 - Theory II 
  • MU 1111 - Aural Skills I 
  • MU 1121 - Aural Skills II 
  • WA 3113 - Arranging and Songwriting for Worship
  • MU 1511 - Voice
  • MU 4612 - Conducting 
  • MU 4020 - Piano Proficiency 
  • MU 4030 - Guitar Proficiency 
  • Appropriate ensemble per advisor, 6 semesters (1 hour each semester)
  • Class or private guitar or piano (MU 17x1 or MU 16x1) as needed to pass proficiencies

Recommended Electives

  • BI 2223 - Marriage and the Christian Home 
  • BI 2713 - The Story of Global Christianity 
  • FICM 1703 - Film Production Workshop 
  • FICM 412V - Career Creativity
  • MU 3013 - Jazz and Pop Music Theory 
  • CMU 1013 - Introduction to the Music Industry 
  • MU 4622 - Choral Conducting and Literature  (Offered odd-numbered years)
  • Additional Private Lessons up to 4 hours (one hour each semester)

 

Internship

Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

Meet our key faculty.

  • Randy Gill

    Randy Gill

    Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts

    Gill has a career in higher education, music and worship ministry that spans more than 40 years. For 13 years, Gill was associate professor of music and associate director of...

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Career Paths

Musicians and Singers

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.

Music Directors and Composers

Music directors, also called conductors, lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.

Worship Arts & Ministry

Careers in Worship Arts include many options such as: Worship Leader, Director of Worship Arts, Director of Worship Media and Technology, Professional Touring Musician, Studio Recording Artist, Professional Singer/Songwriter, Minister of Music and Private Lesson Instructor.