Church music today is a broad and ever-changing field. The church musician of this century must be aware of all the aspects currently influencing church music and must be prepared to meet these challenges with knowledge, skill and spiritual preparation. There is certainly room for great diversity in church music. Baylor will seek to value both what you bring to the educational process and the directions that you perceive your future life and ministry moving. Your classes will be taught with a sensitive balance of sound philosophy and practical application.
Church Music is a long-standing and respected degree program at Baylor. In Baylor's Christian context your desire to serve in a leadership role in church music will be valued and respected. In addition to faculty, you will find a community of other church music majors who will share in the distinctive challenges that you face as a beginning church musician. The Baylor Association of Church Musicians is a group that meets monthly to encourage and support church music. Primarily designed to serve in a supportive role, the group provides enrichment opportunities for church music majors and others interested in church music.
The curriculum at Baylor is designed to prepare students for the varied challenges that face today's church musicians. Our goal at Baylor is to prepare you for a life-time career in church music. Aware of the high burn-out rate among church musicians, we are committed to assist you in attaining the knowledge and skills to serve joyfully throughout your life.
With five auditioned choirs and numerous instrumental groups, Baylor offers some of the finest performance opportunities available anywhere. Baylor choirs have consistently sung for major conventions and in the world's best venues. Instrumental groups at Baylor have regularly performed for regional and national conventions and have premiered new works with wide acclaim.
Baylor offers many opportunities for enrichment opportunities throughout your Baylor experience. Outstanding church musicians and Christian artists are regularly brought to campus through the Baylor Association of Church Musicians, the Hearn Innovators Series, and the Northcutt Lectures. Recent Baylor guests have included C. Michael Hawn, Mark Hayes, David Crowder, Ken Medema, John Bell, Gloria Gaither, Brian Wren, Emily Brink, Mark Lawson, Harold M. Best, Helen Kemp, Donald Hustad, Milburn Price, Alice Parker, and Marva Dawn.
If you are an undergraduate student at Baylor, you have the opportunity to continue your study at Baylor by pursuing a Master's degree. The Master of Music degree in church music is available at Baylor, and a combined Master of Divinity/Church Music degree is offered in conjunction with George W. Truett Seminary. (Visit the Graduate Studies page for more details.)