Learning How to Glorify God
Do you want to double-major in business and music? Or in music and virtually any other subject at LBC? There are so many possibilities. Maybe you want to study music but aren’t sure of a vocation, such as performance, theatre, worship arts or education. A Bachelor of Arts in Music with elective options might be the degree for you! At LBC, you get an accredited music degree but have some freedom to pursue a double major or a collection of elective credits in music.
“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things,” – Psalm 98:1
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.
Ryan Shenk, M.A.
Assistant Professor, Director of Worship Arts Studies, Director of Contemporary Bands
“Nothing is truly learned until it is put into action.” — Mr. ShenkRead Bio
M.A. in Theological and Cultural Anthropology – Eastern University, St. David’s, PA
B.S. in Bible – Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.” – Romans 12:1
Paul Thorlakson, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Director of LBC Orchestra, Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department
“I think of faithful music making in much the same way as Eric Liddell felt about his athletic pursuits: ‘I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, When I run I feel God’s pleasure.’ When I perform music to the Glory of God, I sense in His pleasure in the pursuit of artistic excellence.” — Dr. ThorlaksonRead Bio
D.M.A. in Piano, Theor, and Conducting – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
M.C.M. – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY
B.Mus. in Piano Performance – The University of Toronto, Canada
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts.” – Colossians 3:16
Robert Bigley, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Choral Studies and Chorale & Chamber Singers, Interim Director of Musical Theatre Studies, Director of Arts and Culture Series
“God has entrusted each of us with talents (Mt. 25:14–30). Your job is to invest those talents in such a way that they develop into skill, which God will ultimately use for His glory (Ps. 33:3). My job as a professor is to help you do that (1 Chr. 15:22).” — Dr. BigleyRead Bio
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.Mus. in Conducting-Choral and Orchestral – The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
B.Mus. in Music Media and Industry – The University of Miami, Miami, FL
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” – Psalm 37:3
Timothy Sidebothom, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
“While Desmond Tutu is credited with saying: ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.’ God’s Word clearly taught us first that our role as Christ-followers and musicians is not neutral in the present, the past or the future, but we first need to know where we’ve been (through studying history) so we best know where we’re going!” – Dr. SidebothomRead Bio
Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies – Drew University, Madison, NJ
M.M. in Church Music/Organ – Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
B.M. in Church Music/Organ – Houghton College, Houghton, NY
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away: behold, the new is come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Rachel Sidebothom, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Director of Chamber Ensembles, Associate Chair of MWPA
“I believe music is an eternal gift given to us by God to glorify Him and encourage and edify one another. What greater profession can one have than training students of all ages to know, understand, develop, and use this gift!” — Mrs. SidebothomRead Bio
M.M.E. – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
B.S. in Bible – Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 115:1
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
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.
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.
An investigation of the origin and development of sacred song from its beginnings to the present, with special reference to the relation of sacred Christian song to historical, sociological and theological trends, and the biblical principles and historical trends inherent in the use of sacred song in personal and corporate worship. Sacred song in Western civilization will be the central focus, though not to the exclusion of other world music movements and influences. (Writing Intensive)
Further development of topics covered in Music Theory II including chromatic chords and modulation. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in advanced analytical and practical applications. Prerequisite: MUS 102
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.
Continuation of MUL 101, strengthening previously acquired skills, with the addition of minor keys, scales and chords, music theory, and variations in accompanying styles. Prerequisite: MUL 101. 1 credit.
This course examines music from the biblical and ancient periods, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras, 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.
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.
The internship provides pre-professional field experience under the mentoring leadership of a practitioner. Gradual involvement evolves from observation to immersion in a public worship setting while simultaneously honing artistic skill, maturing worship leadership, and participating in the administrative processes of the worship arts.
The second semester of internship continues the pre-professional field experience under the mentoring leadership of a practitioner. Involvement in worship leadership begins to include a growing role as contributor and leader in a public worship setting while continuing to hone artistic skill, mature worship leadership, and assume responsibility for elements within the administrative processes of the worship arts. Prerequisite(s): WPA 301
Historical and contemporary global influences are a constant reality in the arts. This course is a short-term, supervised participation in a cross-cultural experience, moving the artist outside of his/her inherent cultural context for the purpose of expanding vision, strengthening artistic expression, and understanding of cultural and global issues related to the student’s art form. The parameters of the externship are defined by the College’s policy on “cross-cultural experience,” as well as department requirements described in the WPA Student Handbook.
The practicum is an in-service program for the purpose of providing direct ministry involvement and experience under the supervision of a qualified professional and the Program Coordinator, with the approval of the department Chair. A minimum involvement of 10 hours/week is required. Open only to Seniors. Prerequisite: WPA 302
1. APPLY TO LBC BY COMPLETING OUR ONLINE APPLICATION.
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.