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Ministry Practicum provides an opportunity for the student to receive credit for participation in various areas of voluntary ministry at an affiliate (home) church. Students are required to serve 2.5 hours per week (a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours each semester in which they are enrolled. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete six semesters of Ministry Practicum

Ministry Practicum provides an opportunity for the student to receive credit for participation in various areas of voluntary ministry at an affiliate (home) church. Students are required to serve 2.5 hours per week (a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours each semester in which they are enrolled. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete six semesters of Ministry Practicum. This course also focuses on developing a proper perspective for serving in the local church..

Prerequisite:  MNPR 1201

Ministry Practicum provides an opportunity for the student to receive credit for participation in various areas of voluntary ministry at an affiliate (home) church. Students are required to serve 2.5 hours per week (a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours each semester in which they are enrolled. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete six semesters of Ministry Practicum. This course also focuses on God’s principles for spiritual leaders.

Prerequisite:  MNPR1202

Ministry Practicum provides an opportunity for the student to receive credit for participation in various areas of voluntary ministry at an affiliate (home) church. Students are required to serve 2.5 hours per week (a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours each semester in which they are enrolled. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete six semesters of Ministry Practicum. This course focuses on how Jesus demonstrated spiritual leadership

Prerequisite:  MNPR2201

Ministry Practicum provides an opportunity for the student to receive credit for participation in various areas of voluntary ministry at an affiliate (home) church. Students are required to serve 2.5 hours per week (a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours each semester in which they are enrolled. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete six semesters of Ministry Practicum. This course focuses on the importance of personal development as a minister and provides the student opportunities to interact with pastors and lay leaders through a series of case studies.

Prerequisite:  MNPR 2202

Ministry Practicum provides an opportunity for the student to receive credit for participation in various areas of voluntary ministry at an affiliate (home) church. Students are required to serve 2.5 hours per week (a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours each semester in which they are enrolled. To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must complete six semesters of Ministry Practicum. This course focuses on the importance of personal development as a minister and provides the student opportunities to interact with pastors and lay leaders through a series of case studies.

Prerequisite:  MNPR 3201

This course involves the development of the singing voice, incorporating vocal technique and musical style in a class situation.  Study emphasizes the principles of breathing, voice production, tone quality, enunciation and interpretation.

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1401 and involves the development of the singing voice incorporating vocal technique and musical style in a class situation. Study emphasizes the principles of breathing, voice production, tone quality, enunciation and interpretation.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1401

This course involves the development of functional keyboard skills. It is combined with the application of music theory principles at the piano (progressions, sight-reading, harmonization, accompaniment styles, improvisation and transposition).

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1411 and involves the development of functional keyboard skills. It is combined with the application of music theory principles at the piano (progressions, sight-reading, harmonization, accompaniment styles, improvisation and transposition). The purpose of this class is to aid students in becoming comfortable with keyboard techniques.  A description of the various areas that are covered in this class are: chord progressions, harmonization, improvisation, playing by ear, reading, repertoire/performance, rhythm, scales and arpeggios, and technique.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1411

This course involves the development of proper bass technique, timing and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include learning by ear, theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation,
improvisation, reading, song form and interpreting lead sheets.

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1421 and involves the development of proper bass technique, timing and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include learning by ear, theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and interpreting lead sheets.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1421

This course includes the development of functional guitar skills. Topics include: discipline in practice, right and left hand techniques, scale training, interval training, rhythm concepts, accompaniment and solo worship concepts.

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1431 and includes the development of functional guitar skills. Topics include: discipline in practice, right and left hand techniques, scale training, interval training, accompaniment and solo worship concepts.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1431

This course involves the development of proper drum set technique, rhythms and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and different music styles.

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1441 and involves the development of proper drum set technique, rhythms and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and different music styles.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1441

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1402. It involves the continued development of vocal technique and musical style. Study emphasizes the principles of breathing, voice production, tone quality, enunciation and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.

Prerequisite: MUAP 1402

This course is a continuation of MUAP 2401. It involves the continued development of vocal technique and musical style. Study emphasizes the principles of breathing, voice production, tone quality, enunciation and interpretation. This course is meant to develop solo/ensemble technique and practice deemed necessary for private, public and worship music performance.

Prerequisite: MUAP 2401

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1412. Instruction includes continued development in sight-reading, improvisation, keyboard technique in all major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, and selected chord progressions. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context. Also covers solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1412

This course is a continuation of MUAP 2411. Instruction includes continued development in sight-reading, improvisation, keyboard technique in all major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, and selected chord progressions. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context. Also covers solo and ensemble repertoire.


Prerequisite:  MUAP 2411

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1422. It involves the continued development of proper bass technique, timing and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include learning by ear, theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and interpreting lead sheets. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1422

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1422. It involves the continued development of proper bass technique, timing and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include learning by ear, theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and interpreting lead sheets. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.

Prerequisite: MUAP 2421

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1432. It includes the continued development of functional guitar skills. Topics include learning by ear, theory and technique, accompaniment style, scales, strumming patterns, chord construction, music reading, melody playing and solo worship concepts. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context. It also includes solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1432

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1432. It includes the continued development of functional guitar skills. Topics include learning by ear, theory and technique, accompaniment style, scales, strumming patterns, chord construction, music reading, melody playing and solo guitar techniques. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context. It also includes solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 2431

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1442. It involves the continued development of proper drum set technique, rhythms and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and different music styles. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 1442

This course is a continuation of MUAP 1442. It involves the continued development of proper drum set technique, rhythms and reading ability. It is combined with the application of music theory principles. Topics include theory and technique, rhythmic interpretation, improvisation, reading, song form and different music styles. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 2441

This course is a continuation of MUAP 2402.  It involves the continued development of vocal technique and musical style.   Study emphasizes the principles of breathing, voice production, tone quality, enunciation and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.  It also covers solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUAP 2402

This course is a continuation of MUAP 3401.  It involves the continued development of vocal technique and musical style.   Study emphasizes the principles of breathing, voice production, tone quality, enunciation and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context.  It also covers solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUAP 3401

This course is a continuation of MUAP 2412. Students will begin study of basic jazz theory and jazz techniques to be able to perform simple jazz pieces. This course is designed to broaden the students’ musical range and ability and give them a wide range of options to write and perform worship songs as well as performance pieces.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 2412

This course is a continuation of MUAP 3411.  Students will continue the study of basic jazz theory and jazz techniques to be able to perform simple jazz pieces. This course is designed to broaden the students’ musical range and ability and give them a wide range of options to write and perform worship songs as well as performance pieces.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 3411

This course is a continuation of MUAP 2432. This course is a continuation of guitar studies and includes the development of functional guitar skills. Topics include discipline in practice, right and left-hand techniques, scale training, interval training, accompaniment and Jazz/Neo Soul solo concepts. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context. Also includes solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 2432

This course is a continuation of MUAP 3431. This course is a continuation of guitar studies and includes the development of functional guitar skills. Topics include discipline in practice, right and left-hand techniques, scale training, interval training, accompaniment and Jazz/Neo Soul solo concepts. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for functioning within a praise and worship context. Also includes solo and ensemble repertoire.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 3431

This is a forum where topics of importance regarding worship will be covered.  During the course, students will be learning different basic aspects of integrating worship into a service setting from technical support to song preparation, from leading worship to planning a service, to building strong worship teams musically, emotionally and spiritually.    Students are expected to be involved in their local (home) church with other students/ musicians/ praise team/ media team members. Online instruction will include guest speakers and worship leaders from around the world.  It also integrates a character building studies to aid students in developing the skills necessary for working effectively with artists and team members and to prepare them for active church ministry.

This course is a continuation of MUEN 1401 - Basics in Worship Lab IA.  This is a forum where topics of importance regarding worship will be covered.  During the course, students will be learning different basic aspects of integrating worship into a service setting from technical support to song preparation, from leading worship to planning a service, to building strong worship teams musically, emotionally and spiritually.    Students are expected to be involved in their local (home) church with other students/ musicians/ praise team/ media team members. Online instruction will include guest speakers and worship leaders from around the world.  It also integrates a character building studies to aid students in developing the skills necessary for working effectively with artists and team members and to prepare them for active church ministry.

Prerequisite:  MUEN 1401

In this course, students will continue to learn different basic aspects of integrating worship into a service setting from technical support to song preparation, from leading worship to planning a service, to building strong worship/media teams musically, emotionally and spiritually. This course is a continuation of MUEN 1402

Prerequisite:  MUEN 1402

In this course, students will continue to learn different basic aspects of integrating worship into a service setting from technical support to song preparation, from leading worship to planning a service, to building strong worship/media teams musically, emotionally and spiritually. This course is a continuation of MUEN 2401.

Prerequisite:  MUEN 2401

This course will be an intern-based course where the student will utilize what they have learned in previous semesters, by "practicing" a leadership role regarding worship ministry.  During this course, students will be required to take an active role in their own development as a worship leader and produce practical tools for leading/developing a worship team.

Prerequisite:  MUEN 2402

This course is a continuation of MUEN 3401 and will be an intern-based course where the student will utilize what they have learned in previous semesters, by "practicing" a leadership role regarding worship ministry.  During this course, students will be required to take an active role in their own development as a worship leader and produce practical tools for leading/developing a worship team.

Prerequisite:  MUEN 3401

This course is designed to teach a better understanding of acoustics, sound reinforcement, equipment performance and selection, system installation and operation and minor troubleshooting. It will help the student develop a comprehensive and working knowledge of sound, sound systems, sound reproduction and reinforcement, and their integration through study, example and application.

This course is a continuation of MUSI 1401.  It will emphasize principles and practices of microphone and mixing techniques and audio recording.


Prerequisite: MUSI 1401

This course introduces students to basic compositional and songwriting techniques, and the creative process. Topics include the writing of lyrics and melodies, understanding the dynamic relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme, setting lyrics to music and developing lyrical and musical “hooks”.

This course is a continuation of MUSI 1411, providing an introduction to the techniques of writing songs including the writing of lyrics and melodies, understanding the dynamic relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme, setting lyrics to music and developing lyrical and musical “hooks”.

Prerequisite:  MUSI 1411

In this course, the student will learn how to become proficient in recording, arranging, mixing, producing, and editing music using ProTools.  It will assist the student in developing the techniques and skills necessary in the recording process. 

Prerequisite:  MUSI 1402

This course is a continuation of Studio Concepts I.   In this course, the student will learn how to become proficient in recording, arranging, mixing, producing, and editing music using Ableton Live.  Emphasis is placed on the procedures and techniques utilized in recording and manipulating audio information such as DAT (wave files), sequencing, loops and all aspects of digital recording. 

Prerequisite:  MUSI 2401

This course is designed to further the development of the songwriter. Emphasis is placed on the core principles for successful songwriting with commercial and congregational appeal.

Prerequisite:  MUSI 1412

This course builds on the skills learned in MUSI 2411. It also includes the study of the fundamentals of Music Business such as copyright law, publishing and royalty collection.

Prerequisite:  MUSI 2411

This course serves as a natural progression from Introduction to Pro Tools, delving deeper into the realm of creative studio practices. Throughout this course, students will cultivate expertise in the art of content creation, spanning every facet from recording and editing to mixing, skillful production, and the finalization of music, all achieved through the utilization of Pro Tools Software. Designed with a comprehensive approach, the curriculum empowers students with the essential knowledge to not only compose and arrange music proficiently but also to confidently navigate the process of uploading their crafted songs or projects.

Prerequisite:  MUSI 2402

This course is a continuation of MUSI 3401 - Studio Concepts IIA, where the student will learn how to become proficient in recording, arranging, mixing, producing, and editing music using Pro Tools, or Ableton Softwares.  The student will be able to use the software of his or her preference.  This course is designed to equip the student with the knowledge needed to write, upload and arrange songs or projects.

Prerequisite:  MUSI 3401

This course is a practical lab class and covers the fundamentals of conducting including beat patterns and various gestures for attack, release and phrasing. It includes the use of the left hand, score reading, development of aural skills, rehearsal techniques and interpretation. Particular attention is given to the needs of the church musician/worship leader.

This class will introduce the many techniques involved in arranging for a variety of music ensembles. Content will include an examination of the various instrument families, basic manuscript techniques and various orchestration techniques for voicing and scoring. Particular attention is given to writing and  arranging for the church ensemble.

This class is a survey class that will trace the move of God through music, looking at how Godly music influenced the world around us, as well as how the world around us has influenced our music.  In scope, we will look at music from the creation of the world until modern times, always following the great love God has for music, noting both His use of music, and the way His creation responds to Him with music. As we take this journey together our desire is not only for a musical education for the student, but also that the student would learn to question, to think, and to explore the “why’s” of church music today.

This course is a continuation of MUSI 3431 - History of Church Music IA.  This class will trace the move of God through music, looking at how Godly music influenced the world around us, as well as how the world around us has influenced our music.  In scope, we will look at music from the creation of the world until modern times, always following the great love God has for music, noting both His use of music, and the way His creation responds to Him with music. As we take this journey together our desire is not only for a musical education for the student, but also that the student would learn to question, to think, and to explore the “why’s” of church music today.

Prerequisite:  MUAP 3431

This course provides detailed instruction in the fundamentals of music theory, including a study of the staff, clefs, key signatures, scales, time signatures, notation, meter and rhythm, major and minor chords, intervals and basic musical terminology. This course also includes the application of theory at the keyboard and rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ear training.

This course is intended to be a continuation from MUTH 1401, introducing new concepts such as chordal inversions, primary triads in Major and Minor keys, modes, harmonizing and composing melodies, basic blues scales and progressions, and the basic forms of music.


Prerequisite: MUTH 1401

This course is a companion course to MUTH 1401. This course will supply the student with sight singing and ear training techniques. It will cover solfege, sight singing exercises, ear training techniques, and overall help supply the student with neural tools to hearing music.

This course is a continuation of MUTH 1411 and is a companion course to MUTH 1402. It will cover more in-depth Sight Singing examples in various keys, more complex rhythms, and overall supply the student with the necessary tools to begin Sight Singing in a more professional manner.


Prerequisites: MUTH 1401 and 1411

This course is intended to be a continuation of MUTH 1402, building on the basic concepts covered in first year theory and looks at some more complex things in terms of rhythm, melody and harmony. This course includes an introduction to chord progressions, song forms and harmonic techniques used in popular music. It also includes basic aural, visual and vocal experiences in dictation and singing at sight with emphasis on identifying chord progressions, motion and melody/harmony relationship of popular music.  

Prerequisite:  MUTH 1402

This course is a continuation of MUTH 2401. In this course , students will learn a few last chordal-basics, delve deeper into harmonizing melodies, phrase analysis, and lastly to learn how rules are actually meant to be broken: when we learn about ‘Popular Music’.

Prerequisite:  MUTH 2401

This course is a continuation of MUTH 1412 and is a companion course to MUTH 2401. This course will supply the student with sight singing and ear training techniques. It will cover solfege, sight singing exercises, ear training techniques, and overall help supply the student with neural tools to hearing music.

Prerequisite:  MUTH 1402 and 1412

This course is a continuation of MUTH 2411 and is a companion course to MUTH 2402. This course will supply the student with sight singing and ear training techniques. It will cover solfege, sight singing exercises, ear training techniques, and overall help supply the student with neural tools to hearing music.

Prerequisite:  MUTH 2401 and 2411

This course is designed to equip the student with methods and tools to better understand and study the Bible, including book, character, word and topical studies. It will include a study of the history of the Bible and will introduce the student to hermeneutical techniques with an emphasis on the inductive study method and methods of interpreting the different forms of literature found in the Bible. This course will also introduce the student to study tools such as Bible commentaries, word study aids, original language aids and computer software.

This course provides a historical-thematic survey of the New Testament. It gives special attention to the content of the New Testament with emphasis on the cultural, historical and geographical background to the text and to the practical application of major New Testament themes..

This course is a study of the book of Hebrews with an emphasis on the “superiority of Christ” and his high priestly work. It is designed to introduce the student to Christ and His Glory and give them an understanding and insight about Jesus and His life on earth. It also addresses a number of theological conclusions from the Old Testament concerning the ministry of Christ in glory today.

Prerequisite:  BIBL 2401

This course is a continuation of BIBL 2402.

Prerequisite:  BIBL 2402

This course is a historical-thematic survey of the Old Testament.  It provides an overview of the messages, authors and the main themes of the Old Testament books.  It also provides some background in the cultural, historical,  geographical and archaeological settings in which Bible events occurred.

This course is a continuation of BIBL 3401.

Prerequisite:  BIBL 3401

This course is designed to build your faith and your understanding of faith as illuminated in God’s Word. It deals with the concept of faith in God and His Word. Emphasis is placed on scriptural means to develop ever-increasing faith in God. 

This course is designed to help the student understand the anointing from God that is available for them as a spirit-filled believer. Topics include: what the anointing is, where the anointing comes from and what the purpose of the anointing is.

This course examines the biblical principles of effective evangelism.  It will help the student develop evangelism as a lifestyle and examines how to maximize relational sharing in the lives of leaders and members.  Students will gain practical experience in evangelism through hands-on evangelism efforts.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the ministry of helps, its Biblical basis and practical aspects. Emphasis will be placed on the importance and value of being a servant in the Body of Christ and developing a proper attitude toward serving.

This course is designed to explore the the fundamental elements that are necessary to a lifestyle of worship. It includes a study of the principles of worship as found in the Old Testament and New Testament. It includes a study of the Tabernacle as a model of worship, worship in the lives of biblical characters and the biblical roots of worship practices.

This course provides the student with an understanding of the nature of Christian leadership. It is designed to help the student recognize, develop and refine the qualities or characteristics necessary to serve as a leader in the Body of Christ. This course includes a discussion of what it means to be called. It looks at Jesus’ model of leadership as well as other Biblical and modern models of leadership

This course is a continuation of THEO 1407.  Through this course, students will understand how God builds a person into a leader, how to recognize the proving ground of leadership in their life, how to develop strategic leadership skills and habits and becoming a passionate equipper of other leaders.

Prerequisite: THEO 1407

This course provides the student with an understanding of God’s plan of provision and abundance for His people. It emphasizes the need for faith and an understanding of the principles necessary to receive God’s best. It is designed to help the student understand the direct correlation between the giving of natural resources (such as tithes and offerings) and worship.

This course is designed for a detailed study of the life of David, one of the most devoted worshippers of the Bible.  This course covers most of the books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel.  It also covers some of the Psalms as well as 1 and 2 Chronicles.  This course is devoted to answering practical questions about being a person after God's own heart.

This course is a continuation of THEO 2402 - Life of David IA.  It examines the Life of David in detail, focussing on answering questions about being a person after God's own heart.

Prerequisite:  THEO 2402

This course explores the essential elements that are necessary to being a worshipper, focusing on developing a heart and lifestyle of worship.

Prerequisite:  THEO 1406

This course helps the student understand the authority that God has given them as a believer and how to appropriate that authority in their daily walk. This course will explore sound biblical authority as it relates to the kingdom of God, the limits of that authority, and how to execute that God-given authority.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the theological and philosophical discipline known as Apologetics. In this course, students will learn how to defend their Christian faith against arguments that prevent rational people from accepting the tenants of Christianity as a result of the scientific, ideological and philosophical criticism.

This course will introduce the student to Christology - the doctrine and study of Christ. Emphasis will be placed on Christ as God and Christ as man. This course provides an outline of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and surveys the order of the events in His earthly ministry. This will include a study of His ministry, teachings, purpose, character and attributes. Special emphasis will also be placed on Christ’s relationship with the believer.

This course is a continuation of THEO 2410 and provides an outline of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and surveys the order of the events in His earthly ministry. This will include a study of His ministry, teachings, purpose, character and attributes.

Prerequisite:  THEO 2410

This course is designed to help the student understand the process through which God takes us from our God-given dreams into our God-given destiny. It involves a study of the role of “testing” or the “trying of our faith” in developing the character necessary for us to step into our destiny. This course provides great insight into making the correct response with regards to offense. This course will be key in preparing you for an “offense-free” ministry.

This course expands on the concepts of maintaining a lifestyle and heart of worship while fulfilling the call of God and the ministry.  It is designed to examine further the elements that should be found consistently in the life of a worshipper.  It will help the student further understand and be able to discuss the various elements of worship pertaining to both the corporate body and the individual life of the believer.

Prerequisite:  THEO 2404

The course covers the practical principles of preaching and teaching. It is designed to enable students to prepare for public speaking in the Christian Ministry. Students will study notable sermons from the Christian Era. Students will also have experiences in delivering homiletic addresses including short transitional messages after worship songs, impromptu homilies and three part sermons.

Prerequisite:  BIBL 1401

This course is an introduction to utilizing the online Moodle platform.  It is designed to assist students in learning about the layout of the platform, how to navigate through the site and how to utilize the various tools and assignments given by your instructor.  This course is not a graded course.  Topics include: 

  1. Moodle Layout
  2. Profile Settings
  3. Sending Messages
  4. Submitting Assignments
  5. Submitting Quizzes/ Exams
  6. Discussion Forums