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. 

  1. Literacy: Demonstrate fluency in musicianship skills exhibiting an understanding of music theory, aural skills and sight-reading, knowledge of different musical styles, literature and historical eras, competency of basic music technology and proficiency in basic piano skills.  
  2. Performance: Demonstrate performance mastery of standard repertoire on a primary instrument, including knowledge in technique and historically appropriate performance style to the highest possible level based on individual talent level.
  3. Faith and Learning: Articulate and apply the synthesis of faith, music and worship in the music major journey and anticipated future professional and service activities.
  4. Diversity: Demonstrate awareness and understanding of diverse musical traditions and their historical, social and cultural significance.
Core Curriculum Requirements 153
Music Major Core Requirements49
Worship Leadership Concentration Requirements20
General Electives0
Total Units122

 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-326Music Hist/Lit II (1600-1900)3
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 Improvisation1
Select the lower division ensemble according to your applied instrument:4
String Orchestra
Concert Band
Concert Choir
Select the upper division ensemble according to your applied instrument:4
String Orchestra
Concert Band
Concert Choir
Applied Instruction:
Select four semesters according to your applied instrument:4
Beginning Guitar Class
Beginning Voice Class
Applied Instruction: Voice
and Applied Instruction: Voice
Applied Instruction: Piano
and Applied Instruction: Piano
Applied Instruction: Guitar
and Applied 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 semesters according to your choice of secondary instrument: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
Two semesters required of the following course:2
Internship
Select one of the following courses:3
Music and Business
Total Units49

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-407Creative Worship Workshop3
MUSC-409Music Administration and Leadership3
Six semesters required of the following course:6
Worship Forum Practicum
Applied Instruction: 2
Select two semesters according to your applied instrument:
Applied Instruction: Voice
and Applied Instruction: Voice
Applied Instruction: Piano
and Applied Instruction: Piano
Applied Instruction: Guitar
and Applied 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 Units20
1

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 

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
MUSC-101 Basic Musicianship I 2
MUSC-250 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-201 Applied Instruction: Voice 1
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
THEO-101C Foundations of Christian Life 3
 Units15
Year 1 Term 2
MUSC-106 Basic Musicianship II 2
MUSC-250 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-201 Applied Instruction: Voice 1
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
MATH-115C Applied Mathematics and Personal Finance 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
 Units17
Year 2 Term 1
MUSC-128 Harmony and Form I 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
MUSC-129 Musicianship I 1
MUSC-105A Class Piano I 1
MUSC-250 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-201 Applied Instruction: Voice 1
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
HIST-PLHDHistory Core Requirement 3
 Units17
Year 2 Term 2
MUSC-133 Harmony and Form II 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
MUSC-134 Musicianship II 1
MUSC-105B Class Piano II 1
MUSC-228 Introduction to Music Technology 1
MUSC-250 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-201 Applied Instruction: Voice 1
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
 Units16
Year 3 Term 1
MUSC-325 Music Hist/Literature I (before 1600) 3
MUSI-401 Applied Instruction: Voice 1
MUSC-225 Music Form and Literature I 3
MUSC-145A Class Piano III 1
MUSC-350 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-273 Introduction to Conducting 1
MUSC-373 Choral Conducting 2
MUSC-346 Foundations & Multiculturalsm in Worship 3
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
 Units16
Year 3 Term 2
MUSC-326 Music Hist/Lit II (1600-1900) 3
MUSC-146 Class Piano IV: Keyboard Improvisation 1
MUSC-350 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-392 Worship Forum Practicum 1
MUSC-407 Creative Worship Workshop 3
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-401 Applied Instruction: Voice 1
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
SOC-PLHD2Social Science Requirement 3
 Units16
Year 4 Term 1
MUSC-327 Music History & Literature III 2
MUSC-352 Internship 1
MUSC-420 Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSC-350 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-343 Songwriting 3
MUSC-462 Music and Business 3
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-391 Basic Instruction: Instrument 1
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
 Units16
Year 4 Term 2
MUSC-410 Choral Arranging 2
MUSC-352 Internship 1
MUSC-406C Music and Worship 3
MUSC-350 Concert Choir 1
MUSC-409 Music Administration and Leadership 3
MUSI-200 Recital Attendance 0
MUSI-391 Basic Instruction: Instrument 1
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
 Units14
 Total Units127