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Our Vision

An environment where Christian music is valued and nurtured.

The Center for Christian Music Studies was founded at Baylor University with the intent to provide leadership in all aspects of Christian music. As a preeminent Christian music center, we strive to encourage church musicians to cultivate their God-given potential and endeavor to provide resources for their continued personal development.

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Spotlight

Youth Worship Initiative
Youth Worship Initiative
Research Interview In a recent interview for Calvin University, Chason Disheroon shares about the work currently happening through the Building Bridges to the Future grant project in the School of Music. To learn more about this important work, click here.
The School of Music's First Post Doc
The School of Music's First Post Doc
Shannan Baker The Baylor School of Music and Center for Christian Music Studies welcomed the first postdoctoral fellow in the area of music this fall. Click below to read more about Dr. Baker's research and contributions to the academic field of church music...
Hearn Innovator Series - Fall 2022
Hearn Innovator Series - Fall 2022
Heather Sorenson - October 10 @ 6PM Heather Sorenson entered the church music industry in her twenties, and her name quickly became a welcomed fixture in the publishing world. Heather is hired by the largest and most respected publishers in the world, and her pieces remain at the top of Bestsellers lists and Editor's Choice selections.
Welcome Dr. Matthew Laube
Welcome Dr. Matthew Laube
Assistant Professor of Church Music We are excited to welcome Dr. Matthew Laube to the Church Music faculty. Dr Laube comes to Baylor having most recently served as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in History at Birkbeck, University of London ...
Celebrating 50 Years!
Celebrating 50 Years!
A Conversation on a Pivotal Choral Work Join Dr. Randall Bradley and Dr. Terry York for a reflection on "Celebrate Life!", facilitated by Sugar Land Baptist Church with Baylor alum, Clint Kimmel. This conversation explores the background, influence, and impact of "Celebrate Life!" "Celebrate Life!" is a monument in Church Music and celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.
Northcutt Lecture Series - James Abbington
Northcutt Lecture Series - James Abbington
April 3, 2023 - Armstrong Browning Library Dr. Abbington's research interests include music and worship in the Christian church, African American sacred folk music, organ, choral music, and ethnomusicology. Dr. Abbington serves as executive editor of the African American Church Music Series by GIA Publications (Chicago). He served as co-director of music for the Hampton University Ministers' and Musicians' Conference. In 2010, Hampton's Choir Directors'-Organists' Guild honored Abbington by naming their Church Music Academy after him. He has also served as the national director of music for both the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the NAACP.
Book Review, The Gospel Coalition
Book Review, The Gospel Coalition
Monique Ingalls - Singing the Congregation We are excited to share a recent review of Dr. Monique Ingalls' publication "Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Forms Evangelical Community." Now that contemporary worship music has become not only a major feature of evangelical identity in North America but also a multimillion-dollar industry, it's worth asking an often neglected question: How does contemporary worship music shape us?...
KWBU: Baylor Connections
KWBU: Baylor Connections
Dr. Monique Ingalls Dr. Ingalls visits the KWBU studio to share how musical styles, technology and parishioners' expectations shape the communities in which they worship ...

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