Music

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Study Music at LBC

Learning How to Glorify God

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Why Study Music at LBC?

  • Take part in internships with local churches to gain practical experience in preparing for and leading worship.
  • Learn about practical ministry, philosophical understanding, ministry and top-notch performance training.
  • Study under professors and professionals with many years of experience in leading worship at churches both nationally and internationally.
Your Journey

Program Credits: 120

Locations: Lancaster


Degree

Bachelor of Arts with majors in Music and Biblical Studies


Accreditation: Program proposal under review by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)


Internships
Here are some examples of internships completed by students in the past:

  • Worship Coordinator in a Local Church
  • Actor in Local Professional Theatre Company
  • Composer in Residence at a Local Church

Options

  • Traditional
  • Online & Evening (Accelerated)
  • Available as Minor

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things,” – Psalm 98:1

A Closer Look: Music

Hands-On Experience

Students in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts department get the chance to showcase their musical skills through recitals, concerts and by leading worship during chapel.

Meet the Faculty

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Ryan Shenk

Coordinator of Worship Arts & Live Production

“Nothing is truly learned until it is put into action.” — Mr. Shenk

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Dr. Paul Thorlakson

Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department

“Nothing brings me more joy than to witness God’s multiplication of a student’s natural gifts into a supernatural force for His kingdom” — Dr. Thorlakson

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David Felty

Program Director: Musical Theatre

“The theatre needs more actors that can be salt and light in an industry that desperately needs their influence.” — Mr. Felty

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Dr. Robert Bigley

Director of Choral Activities

“My students inspire me every day. I hope to do the same for them.” — Dr. Bigley

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Dr. Timothy Sidebothom

Program Director: Music Performance - Instrumental, Vocal

“It is my privilege to teach inquisitive, college students about music and the life God has given them.” – Dr. Sidebothom

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Rachel Sidebothom

Music Education Program Director, Associate Chair of WPA

“Changing lives through quality music instruction.” — Mrs. Sidebothom

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Sample Course Outline

WPA 102 – Intro to Music, Worship, & the Performing Arts

An introduction to music and the performing arts within the context of an understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of worship. This study will be conducted in relation to fundamental issues of cultural context, and in relation to those issues, the understanding of selected pieces of music

MUS 101 Music Theory I

Elements of music including melody, counterpoint, harmony, and tonality are studied. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in beginning analytical and practical applications.

MUS 102 – Music Theory II

Further development of topics covered in Music Theory I (MUS 101) including harmony, cadences, and embellishing tones are studied. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in intermediate analytical and practical applications.

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MUS 201 – Music Theory III: Intro to Comp

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MUL 101 – Piano Lab I

Group piano method course leading non-keyboard students toward a grasp of functional skills and keyboard technique. This course covers basic chord structure, basic music theory, reading melodies in major keys, and developing skills to accompany singing.

HUM 240 – Music History 1

This course is an examination of media as tools to convey cultural ideas (including religious ideas, philosophical ideas, worldviews, persuasive messages, and culture itself). A cultural lens for both consumers and producers of media to evaluate mass media on behalf of church and society will be developed. The student will investigate how the mass media both reflect and shape cultural ideas. Students will apply critical skills to learn how to analyze all forms of media communication.

HUM 340 – Music History 2

This course examines music from Classicism to Romanticism, concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments, and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras.

WPA 450 – Practicum

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MPR ____ – Recital

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STEPS FOR ADMISSION INTO THIS MAJOR

1. APPLY TO LBC BY COMPLETING OUR ONLINE APPLICATION.

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2. AUDITION FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO THIS MAJOR

Every student who applies to any major in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

Audition Requirements

Careers and Jobs in Music

  • needed

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