Courses

Whether your calling is to lead worship at a local church or to travel as a musician, Grace Bible College's Worship Arts degree will help equip you to serve God in whatever capacity.

WORSHIP ARTS CURRICULUM



WORSHIP COURSES

WA 111 Foundations of Worship – This course provides a Biblically based understanding and definition of worship as exemplified through worship experiences in the Old and New Testaments. Purposefully scheduled as the initial course in the Worship Arts program, it seeks to lay a foundation for all other courses that build upon core worship principles.

WA 321 Leading Worship – This course addresses the roles and responsibilities associated with being a proficient worship leader. It integrates learning in a variety of areas including ministry values, leading rehearsals, creative planning, leadership skills, team building, effective communication, stewardship of budgets, technology, etc. as they relate to the preparation and implementation of worship. Students will gain practical experience leading and teaching about worship in a collaborative environment.
Prerequisite: WA 317

WA 322 Songwriting for Worship – This course provides students with hands-on opportunities to write and record their own original songs using professional audio recording software. Emphasis is placed on the creation of theologically rich and doctrinally accurate worship songs appropriate for use in campus chapel services and in WA 350 Junior and WA 450 Senior Worship Programs. A review of standard song forms and significant Christian artists and their songwriting styles will be incorporated into this class.

WA 350 & WA 450 Junior and Senior Worship Programs – Students will lead a 20-minute or 40-minute worship program (20 minutes for WA 350, and 40 minutes for WA 450) that involves all aspects of planning, rehearsing, leading, and implementing worship. Students must demonstrate the ability to integrate a variety of instrumentation and media (i.e. lighting, sound, video, presentation software, etc). This is a faculty-supervised activity with a balance of both traditional and contemporary music styles appropriate for worship. A final reflective paper of the entire experience and a student-produced video of the event are components of this course.



WA 459 Worship Arts Practicum – A faculty-supervised practicum, this is an essential capstone experience required of all Worship Arts students whereby students identify a local church, arrange his or her practicum with a church supervisor, and serve in a worship arts leadership capacity for one semester (documented 8 hours/week for 10 weeks = minimum of 80 hours of service). The practicum is designed to aid in developing ministry attitudes, roles and responsibilities, and leadership skills and experience vital to worship arts needs within a church.


HARMONIC PRACTICE COURSES

The following four Harmonic Practices courses (WA 112, 113, 215, and 317) explore the essential music theory elements found in traditional and popular music, including contemporary worship music. The course sequence begins with WA 112 Foundations of Music that details pitch notation, time classification, note and rest values, time signatures, intervals, scales, key signatures, and triads. WA 113 revisits topics presented in WA 112 and builds upon this music theory foundation to include triads in root position, doubling and spacing, voice leading considerations, and triad inversions. WA 215 continues with seventh chords, phrase structure and cadences, nonharmonic tones, harmonization of melodies, nondominant seventh chords, secondary dominant and secondary leading tone chords, and modulation. In the final theory course, WA 317, students will explore popular music theory concepts including extended intervals, scales and modes, extended harmony, chord-scale relationships, diatonic and chromatic harmony, and harmonic substitution. These four courses will provide multiple learning opportunities for students to assimilate a working
knowledge of harmonic practices within all tonal music.

WA 112 Foundations of Music - Introduction to a knowledge base and essential elements found within tonal music.

WA 113 Harmonic Practices I - Continuation of knowledge base and application of music theory skills developed in WA 112.
Prerequisite: WA 112 or demonstrated music theory proficiency 

WA 215 Harmonic Practices II - Continuation of knowledge base and application of music theory skills developed in WA 113.
Prerequisite: WA 113

WA 317 Harmonic Practices III - Continuation of knowledge base and application of music theory skills developed in WA 215 with an
emphasis on various forms of popular music including jazz, pop, contemporary worship, etc.
Prerequisite: WA 215

 

MUSICIANSHIP COURSES

Practical musicianship skills including ear training, critical listening, sight singing using the moveable “do” Solfege system in all major and minor keys, transcriptions, intonation, and rhythmic dictation. These courses are designed to be taken concurrently with corresponding Harmonic Practices courses (i.e. WA 113 & 114, WA 215 & 216). WA 114 introduces students to the moveable “do” Solfege system for pitch identification in tonal music. It also explores intonation, rhythmic dictation, melodic and harmonic intervals, scales, and critical listening. WA 216 builds on this foundation in the areas of sight singing, critical listening, rhythmic dictation, and melodic and harmonic dictation.

WA 114 Musicianship I - Introduction to knowledge base and application of musicianship skills. To be taken concurrently with WA 113.
Prerequisite: WA 112 or demonstrated musical proficiency

WA 216 Musicianship II - Continued application and development of musicianship skills established in WA 114. To be taken concurrently with WA 215.
Prerequisite: WA 114

 

MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY COURSES

WA 323 Music Technology - Provides students with the technological tools and hands-on experience necessary for producing professional sample-based MIDI sequences and audio recordings. The course explores multi-track sequencing, editing, and mixing using Propellerhead’s Reason software program.
Prerequisite: WA 215 and 216

WA 324 Audio Production - Provides students with the technological tools and hands-on experience necessary for producing professional audio recordings. The course explores multi-track audio recording, editing, mixing, and file management skills using Avid’s Pro Tools software program.

WA 325 Video Production - Provides students with the resources and hands-on experience necessary for producing professional videos. The course explores video camera basics, video recording, editing, and file management skills using Apple’s Final Cut Pro video editing software and Apple’s Motion software program.

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