Major & Minor
The Music program is designed to prepare men and women to be skilled ministers who can train skilled ministers.

Program Overview

Music training at BCM isn't focused on making you a great performer; it's focused on making you an effective teacher of the next generation. The courses in the Music program equips you with the skills you need to use the tool of music to transform the lives of those whom God places under your leadership. You will gain a clear understanding of the biblical principles governing music, and will attain a high level of personal musical proficiency. You will also develop a practical understanding of how to transfer the principles of God-honoring musical excellence and personal character to the next generation.

Key Degree Classes

for the Music Program

MU 221 - Written Theory and Skills I

This course reviews and drills the fundamentals of music theory while introducing two-voice counterpoint. The course also includes an integrated approach to understanding, analyzing, writing, and hearing harmonic progressions. Students will be able to recognize both visually and aurally harmonic progressions on both a descriptive and a structural level. Attention is also given to developing solid part-writing skills in both two and four voices.

MU 371 - Principles of Music Pedagogy

An examination of the philosophy, structure, non-instrument-specific methodologies and resources, and basic principles common to effective music instruction programs.

MU 241 - Conducting and Leadership Skills I

An introduction to the philosophy and basic techniques of conducting and song leading, including extensive in-class conducting to help students develop their skills. Attention is given to expressive conducting techniques, rehearsal techniques, coaching skills for groups without a conductor, and personal leadership skills.

MU 411 - Computer Notation and Basic Arranging

An introduction to the fundamentals of music typesetting including an overview of standard notation programs, with an emphasis on developing proficiency in the use of Finale software. While developing these important notation skills, students will learn how to apply their music theory knowledge in arranging settings for simple melodies and hymns.
From classes to practical hands-on ministry, I was challenged to grow in faith and dependence on the Lord. Now, as I serve the Lord in the Philippines, God is working in the lives of my students, giving them more than just a love for music. He is giving them a desire to be used by Him, a heart to pray, and a burden to share the gospel with the lost.
Sara Morris, '02

Typical Course Sequence

for the Music Program

Year 1 - Freshman

Fall Semester
BI131 Methods of Bible Study 2 credits
CM142 Ministry of Prayer 1 credit
BI207 Personal Evangelism 2 credits
MU221 Written Theory & Skills I 3 credits
BI121 New Testament Survey 3 credits
EN101 Composition & Rhetoric 3 credits
CM201 Philosophy of Church Ministry 2 credits
MU373 Music Pedagogy Prep I 1 credit
OR101/2 Orientation 0 credits
ML Music Lesson/Ensemble 1.5 credits
Spring Semester
MI201 Introduction to Missions 2 credits
BI228 Life of Christ 3 credits
MU222 Written Theory & Skills II 3 credits
BI111 Old Testament Survey 3 credits
EN102 Composition & Analysis 3 credits
MU102 Introduction to Music Listening 2 credits
MU374 Music Pedagogy Prep II 1 credit
OR101/2 Orientation 0 credits
ML Music Lesson/Ensemble 1.5 credits
HI101 History of Civilization I 3 credits
* denotes classes offered every other year.

Experienced Faculty

for the Music Program

Elizabeth Zempel


Daniel Van Gelderen


Mary Faith Williams


Jenny Shoultz