Bachelor of Church Music

This 120-credit-hour programme is designed to provide essential musical training integrated with a focused study in church music and worship ministry. Additionally, it provides a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies. It is designed as a first music degree for A-level or senior high school graduates who are called to serve as music and worship pastors in Asian churches and parachurch organizations.

Areas of Specialisation

Students will major in one of the six fields: piano, organ, voice, composition, guitar, and contemporary keyboards.

The BCM programme normally requires eight semesters of full-time study to complete. It must be completed within five years from the time of admission.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • A level, Senior high school, or equivalent
  • ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 5 Applied and Theory or higher (visit www.abrsm.org for more information, availability in your country, and equivalence)
  • DVD recording (or upload to Youtube or Dropbox) of your performance of the following:

    1. Piano major applicants:
    • A Bach prelude or fugue or a movement from a Classical sonata
    • A Romantic or Twentieth Century piece
    • A hymn/contemporary Christian song or hymn arrangement
    2. Voice major applicants:
    • An Italian or English art song and
    • A song of your own choosing and
    • A hymn or contemporary Christian song 
    3. Composition major applicants
      The recording and score of:
    • Your vocal or instrumental arrangement of a hymn or contemporary Christian song
    • Your original vocal or instrumental composition

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • TOEFL 196 (Computer)/70 (IBT) or IELTS 5.5 or higher

General Requirements

  • At least 20 years of age
  • Baptized Christian of at least three years
  • Music and/or worship ministry experience of at least two years

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all credit hours of studies as required by the school
  • Meet the minimum GPA as required
  • Pass the ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 8 in the major applied field (for piano, organ, and voice major students)
  • Approved Christian character

CURRICULUM

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
BASIC MUSICIANSHIP AND MUSIC THEORY (10 credit hours)
Basic Musicianship 1-4
4
Harmony 1-3
6
CONDUCTING AND VOICE (9 credit hours)
Conducting 1-2
2
Basic Rehearsal Techniques
1
Choral Literature Survey 1-4
4
Principles of Vocal Development
2
CHURCH MUSIC AND WORSHIP (23 credit hours)
Congregational Song
2
Christian Worship
3
Worship Team 1-4
4
Worship Design and Leadership
2
Music and the Creative Arts
2
Church Music Administration and Leadership
3
Church Music Practice
2
Youth-Senior Adult Music Ministries
2
Children’s Music Ministries
3
MUSIC STUDIES AND COMPOSITION (8 credit hours)
Music Writing, Arrangement, and Transcription
2
Medieval – Baroque Music Studies
2
Classical – Romantic Music Studies
2
Modern – Postmodern Music Studies
2
ENSEMBLE (8 credit hours)
SBC Chorale/Canticorum 1-8
2
Conducting Laboratory Choir 1-4
2
PERFORMANCE LABORATORY (0 credit hours)
Performance Laboratory 1-8
0
FIELD EDUCATION (4 credit hours)
Field Education 1-8
4
PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS / RECITAL (2 credit hours)
Junior Recital
1
Senior Recital / Senior Ministry Recital
1

PIANO MAJOR (24 credit hours)

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
Piano 1-8
16
Class Voice
1
Voice Minor 1-3
3
Service Playing: Piano
1
Contemporary Service
Playing: Piano
1
Piano Accompaniment
1
Improvisation: Piano
1

ORGAN MAJOR (24 credit hours)

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
Organ 1-8
16
Class Voice
1
Voice Minor 1-3
3
Service Playing: Organ
1
Contemporary Service
Playing: Organ
1
Organ Accompaniment
1
Improvisation: Organ
1

VOICE MAJOR (24 credit hours)

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
Voice 1-8
16
Piano/Organ Minor 1-4
4
Basic Diction
1
Vocal Pedagogy Practicum 1-2
2
Survey of Vocal Literature
1

COMPOSITION MAJOR (24 credit hours)

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
Introduction to Composition
1
Composition 1-6
12
Class Voice
1
Voice Minor 1-3
3
Piano/Organ Minor 1-4
4
Counterpoint
1
Arranging for Worship Teams
1
Orchestration
1

CORE THEOLOGY COURSES (30 credit hours)

English 

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
Old Testament Survey
3
New Testament Survey
3
Research and Writing Skills
3
Spiritual Formation
3
Bible Study Methods
3
Doctrine 1-2
6
Principles of Christian Education
3
Pastoral Counseling
3
Pastoral Ministry
3

Chinese 

Course Title
Total Credit Hours
旧约纵览 / 信息
3
新约纵览 / 信息
3
研经法
3
治学法入门
1
神学概论
2
基督教教育
2
宣讲技巧
2
选修科目(华文神学系主任批准)
14