The Bachelor of Music in Church Music combines a broad music education with courses that delve more deeply into the specialty of Christian music. Whether your goal is to move immediately into music ministry after graduation or to continue your studies at a seminary or a graduate school, this degree will give you the foundation of knowledge you need to succeed.
The professors really make a huge difference at UMHB. Many of them have open door policies and are more than willing to help you out. Within the department of music, professors have helped me out way beyond the classroom. From giving me advice on what to do after UMHB to just talking about life, they are constantly there for you and want you to succeed.
Why should I choose Church Music?
Exploring the rich traditions of Christian music broadens your appreciation for the role of music in the church and how hymns of the past influence contemporary Christian music today.
What are some courses I will take?
- Commercial Music Theory and Improvisational Techniques
- Intro to Conducting
- Congregational Song
- Contemporary Church Music Trends
- History of Christian Worship
Prepared for ministry
Since graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music, Austin Ratliff has served as the minister of worship at First Baptist Church in Hillsboro and is now the music associate at FBC Nacogdoches. “UMHB gave me a solid foundation musically and for being a spiritual leader,” he says. “My professors encouraged me to stretch further than my comfort zone, which consistently helped me to be more equipped in my field of study. I entered the ministry confident that the knowledge I was taught prepared me for the job I was called to do.”
What are some career options?
Church Music majors have a variety of careers open to them:
- Church musician
- Worship leader
- Choir director
- Christian music composer
- Christian vocalist
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Church Music students have found success in these areas:
- Colleges and universities
- Christian music publishing companies
Where can I go to grad school?
Many students have continued their education at these schools:
- Southwestern Seminary
- Baylor University
Why study church music at UMHB?
As one of the two oldest Baptist institutions in the state of Texas, UMHB has a strong tradition in Christian music as well in Christian studies. Church music students who participate in choral ensembles have opportunities to participate in choir tours, performing in churches across the U.S. and abroad as well.
There are ample opportunities to serve as a student conductor in campus choral groups and instrumental ensembles, which gives church music students the chance to direct large groups in the playing or singing of music. The music for weekly Chapel presentations is also student-led, giving you additional ways to use your vocal or instrumental talents in a worship setting.