Music B.A. with a Concentration in Worship Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for the student who wishes to study music in the liberal arts degree context.  This degree provides a versatile balance of skills which provides the foundation for an array of jobs: private music studio, composition, music industry, music journalism, community music, etc.  The Bachelor of Arts in Music is also well-suited for those students who wish to double major with music and another degree at Vanguard University. 

Core Curriculum Requirements54-52
Major Core Requirements53
Worship Leadership Concentration Requirements14
Total Units121-119

 Music Major Core Requirements

Musicianship Requirements
MUSC-128Harmony and Form I3
MUSC-129Musicianship I1
MUSC-133Harmony and Form II3
MUSC-134Musicianship II1
MUSC-225Music Form and Literature I3
MUSC-226Musicianship III1
MUSC-228Introduction to Music Technology1
MUSC-273Introduction to Conducting1
MUSC-325Music Hist/Literature I (before 1600)3
MUSC-326Music Hist/Lit II (1600-1900)3
MUSC-327Music History & Literature III2
MUSC-406CMusic and Worship3
Select two units according to applied instrument: 2
Choral Conducting
Instrumental Conducting
Select two units according to applied instrument: 2
Instrumental Pedagogy
Vocal Pedagogy
Select two units according to applied instrument: 2
Instrumental Arranging
Choral Arranging
Performance Requirements
MUSC-105AClass Piano I1
MUSC-105BClass Piano II1
MUSC-145AClass Piano III1
MUSC-146Class Piano IV: Keyboard Improvisation (Or completion of Piano Proficiency Exam)1
Large Ensemble:
MUSC-240University Orchestra1
MUSC-241Women's Chorus1
MUSC-250Concert Choir (one unit)1
MUSC-340University Orchestra1
MUSC-341Women's Chorus1
MUSC-350Concert Choir (one unit)1
Applied Instruction:
Select six hours of the following:6
Beginning Guitar Class
Beginning Voice Class
Applied Instruction: Voice
and Applied Instruction: Voice
Applied Instruction: Piano
and Applied Instruction: Piano
Applied Instruction: Guitar
and Basic Instruction: Guitar
Applied Music: Organ
and Applied Instruction: Organ
Applied Instruction: Instrument
and Applied Instruction: Instrument
MUSI-200Recital Attendance (Co-requisite with Applied Instruction)0
Secondary Instrument:
Select two units from the following:2
Basic Instruction: Voice
and Basic Instruction: Voice
Basic Instruction: Piano
and Basic Instruction: Piano
Basic Instruction: Guitar
and Basic Instruction: Guitar
Basic Music: Organ
and Basic Instruction: Organ
Basic Instruction: Instrument
and Basic Instruction: Instrument
MUSC-352Internship1
MUSC-462Music and Business3
Total Units53

Concentration in Worship Leadership

The Worship Leadership concentration provides readiness for service in the church ministry environment. The coursework uniquely develops worship leader skills needed for today's churches: multiculturalism, creative worship, music leadership, administrative practices, and songwriting. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in a practical learning environment with other worship leaders, recording artists, and guest speakers in the Worship Forum Practicum.

MUSC-343Songwriting3
MUSC-346Foundations & Multiculturalsm in Worship3
MUSC-392Worship Forum Practicum1
MUSC-407Creative Worship Workshop3
MUSC-409Music Administration and Leadership3
Applied Instruction: 2
Select two units from the following:
Applied Instruction: Voice
and Applied Instruction: Voice
Applied Instruction: Piano
and Applied Instruction: Piano
Applied Instruction: Guitar
and Basic Instruction: Guitar
Applied Music: Organ
and Applied Instruction: Organ
Applied Instruction: Instrument
and Applied Instruction: Instrument
MUSI-200Recital Attendance (Co-requisite with Applied Instruction)0
Total Units15

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Music. 


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
HIST-PLCR1History Core Requirement (US History) 3
MUSC-101 Basic Musicianship I 2
MUSC-105A Class Piano I 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
 Units16
Year 1 Term 2
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MATH-PLSTATMath Sci Stat Or Into to Stat 3
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
KINE-145C Lifetime Fitness/Wellness Lect 1
KINE-146C Lifetime Fitness/Well Activity 1
MUSC-106 Basic Musicianship II 2
MUSC-105B Class Piano II 1
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
 Units17
Year 2 Term 1
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
MUSC-462 Music and Business 3
MUSC-128 Harmony and Form I 3
MUSC-129 Musicianship I 1
MUSC-145A Class Piano III 1
MUSC-273 Introduction to Conducting 1
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
 Units15
Year 2 Term 2
THEO-PLHDTheology Core Requirement 3
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSC-407 Creative Worship Workshop 3
MUSC-133 Harmony and Form II 3
MUSC-134 Musicianship II 1
MUSC-146 Class Piano IV: Keyboard Improvisation 1
MUSC-228 Introduction to Music Technology 1
MUSC-374 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
 Units17
Year 3 Term 1
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
MUSC-225 Music Form and Literature I 3
MUSC-226 Musicianship III 1
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
MUSC-343 Songwriting 3
 Units15
Year 3 Term 2
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
MUSC-326 Music Hist/Lit II (1600-1900) 3
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-PL400Music Applied Instr 400 Level 1
MUSC-382 Instrumental Pedagogy 2
MUSC-409 Music Administration and Leadership 3
 Units16
Year 4 Term 1
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
ENGL-230 Literary Perspectives 3
MUSC-352 Internship 1
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
 Units12
Year 4 Term 2
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
MUSC-352 Internship 1
MUSC-406C Music and Worship 3
MUSI-PL200Music Applied Instr 200 Level 1
MUSC-PLLEMusic Large Ensemble 1
ELCT-PLHD1Elective Course 1 Unit 1
 Units14
 Total Units122