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Music Major,
Music Ministry Emphasis, BA

Study theology and music as you lead a life of worship...

If it’s your calling to lead others into worship through music, this major will prepare you for a career as a church musician and worship leader.

You’ll take both theology and music courses – and you’ll have an intense practicum of observation, planning, and teaching in a church setting under the mentorship of an experienced church musician. You’ll be encouraged to be involved in one of Malone’s many performance groups, and will participate in frequent recitals.

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"My music explores...the redemptive intervention of a very real God in the affairs of the human race."

- Jesse Ayers Professor of Music

The following requirements are for the music major with an emphasis in music ministry.

Keyboard and Theory Placement Tests are required for all music majors prior to beginning the first semester of classes.

In addition to the University requirements listed, acceptance into the Music major requires passing the piano proficiency, being approved for applied study at the 300 level, and passing the sophomore review.

A major in Music consists of the following:

Musicianship Core (35 hours):

*If the student does not pass the entire piano proficiency examination at the conclusion of MUS 253, applied piano must be taken each semester until the exam is passed.

12 hours of applied and ensemble credit as follows:

  • Two (2) hours of primary applied music at the 100 level
  • Two (2) hours of primary applied music at the 200 level
  • Two (2) hours of primary applied music at the 300 level
  • Two (2) hours of secondary applied music at the 100 level or above
  • Four (4) hours of approved ensemble credit

These are the additional courses needed for the Music Ministry emphasis:


*At least one year of primary applied must be at the 400 level. Primary and andsecondary must be of the following:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Voice

**The church practicum will be supervised and placement will be made in two churches, with emphases in two of the three following worship settings: traditional, contemporary, or blended services.

Other Requirements:

1) Piano Proficiency completed before acceptance into the major, regardless of instruments in Worship Leading Proficiency

2)  Recital attendance each semester of enrollment

3)  Musicale attendance