2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Performance Major: Composition (BMus)

Degree: Bachelor in Music

Majors: Biblical Studies, Music Performance (Composition) 

Major Mission: The Music Performance major is designed to facilitate a high level of artistic training that, paired with the students' biblical and worship studies, will produce cross-cultural leaders uniquely prepared to influence the world of performing arts with grace and truth and to serve the local body with their gifts and talents.

Major Outcomes: 

Core Music Outcomes

1. Technical: Demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, dictation, conducting, voice and piano.

2. Faith Integration: Describe and demonstrate the integration of a Biblical worldview in the life and career of an artist.

3. Synthesis: Apply historical and theoretical understanding to the analysis, performance, and creation of musical forms, processes, and structures found in representative examples from the western music tradition.

Music Performance: Composition Outcomes In addition, students will: 

4. Demonstrate professional skills in musical composition consistent with expectations for professional/commercial application (commissions, placements) and/or entrance into graduate studies.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse historic and modern compositional methods .

Requirements: In order to fulfill the baccalaureate requirements in music performance, the student must:

  1. Complete all credit requirements.
  2. Fulfill all departmental requirements as outlined in the MWPA Handbook.
  3. Complete WPA101, Intro to Music, Worship, and the Performing Arts.
  4. Participate and maintain a 3.5 average in a large ensemble for eight semesters.
  5. Maintain a 3.0 average in chosen proficiency.
  6. Practice a minimum of seven hours weekly for a total of 84 hours per semester on the major applied instrument.
  7. Perform and obtain a satisfactory evaluation from the MWPA faculty for student junior and senior recitals.
  8. Attend all required MWPA department forum (WPA 100), performances, and events.
  9. Accumulate two semesters of a major proficiency and six semesters of composition lessons.

Music Performance Major: Composition Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

LBC 101Engaging Faith & Life

3

THE 105Prelude to Biblical & Theological Studies

3

LAN 101College Composition and Research

3

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP ____Applied Music Lesson

1

MUS 101Music Theory I

3

MUS 101LMusicianship I Lab

1

WPA 102Intro to Music, Worship, & the Performing Arts

3

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:17

Spring Semester

BIB 106Interpreting the Bible

3

LAN 104Public Speaking

3

MAT ____MAT Core

3

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP ____Applied Music Lesson

1

MUL 101Piano Lab I

1

MUS 102Music Theory II

3

MUS 102LMusicianship II Lab

1

MUS 221Conducting I

3

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

CSV 201Christian Service I

0

BIB 103Creation & Covenants: OT I

3

HIS 224History of Christian Song

3

LIT ____LIT Core (100/200 Level)

3

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP ____Applied Music Lesson

1

MUL 102Piano Lab II

1

MUS 312Rhythm Section Methods

3

MUS 212Contemporary Theory & Arranging

3

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring Semester

CSV 202Christian Service II

0

BIB 104Israel's Life & Literature: OT II

3

THE 223Christian Narrative I: Creation & Fall

3

PHE 129Rhythmic Movement

1

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP ____Applied Music Lesson

1

MUS 201Music Theory III

3

MUS 201LMusicianship Lab III

1

MUS 211Introduction to Composition

3

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

BIB 203Life of Christ: NT I

3

THE 224Christian Narrative II: Redemption

3

____ ____Arts & Sciences Elective

3

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MUS 202LMusicianship IV Lab

1

HUM 240Music History I

3

MAP 302Applied Music - Composition

1

MUS 332Orchestration

3

WPA 301Worship & Performing Arts Internship I

0

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:18

Arts & Sciences Elective: Choose from: SOC 101, PHI 201, SOC 203 or POL 202.

Spring Semester

BIB 204Early Church: NT II

3

BOT 210Psalms

3

HUM 340Music History II

3

PHE ____PHE Elective

1

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP 302Applied Music - Composition

1

MPR 399Junior Recital

0

MUS 335Composition with Electronic Media

3

WPA 302Worship & Performing Arts Internship II

0

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

BNT ____ Bible New Testament Exegetical Elective

3

____ ____Arts & Sciences Elective

3

HUM 440Music History III

3

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP 302Applied Music - Composition

1

MUS 330Form & Analysis

3

WPA 400MWPA Cross Cultural Externship

0

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring Semester

THE 320

____ ____Arts & Sciences Elective

3

SCI ____SCI CORE (100/200 Level)

3

ENS ____Ensemble (primary)

1

ENS ____Ensemble (NC)

0

MAP 302Applied Music - Composition

1

MPR 401Performance Career Seminar

1

MPR 499Senior Recital

1

MUS 331Counterpoint

3

WPA 450Worship and Performing Arts Practicum

1

WPA 100Worship & Performing Arts Forum

0

Total Credit Hours:18