Music Leadership Major: Two and Four-Year Programs
Students seeking a four-year Music Leadership Major degree should have some musical knowledge, skill and background in performance, as well as a desire to develop these within the framework and guidance of the music curriculum at Summit. Students lacking a music background should enter the two-year Music Leadership certificate program. Upon completion of the certificate program, students may apply for admission into the four-year degree program.
In order for students to develop their musicianship, they are encouraged to add additional private lessons, chapel group participation, graduation choir/band, and as many music elective courses to their schedules, as possible. Private lessons are available for piano, guitar, drums, and voice. These are optional beyond the required credits, but greatly encouraged for developing personal skill to the highest possible level and meeting core objectives in the program.
MUSI 002 Primary Instrument Competency - 0 sem. hrs. (pass/fail)
Music majors enrolled in the four-year degree program should become competent on a primary instrument and are encouraged to take lessons accordingly. The primary instrument should be either piano/keyboard OR guitar, in order to effectively give leadership to, and coach, church musicians. Voice training is also highly encouraged for skilful leading of corporate worship
MUSI 150 Graduation Choir/Band [S] .5 sem. hr.
A non-auditioned music team consisting of all students who desire to be involved. The choir/band prepares for music ministry at the graduation ceremony in April and meets for one hour each week in the spring semester. May be repeated.
MUSI 151 Musicianship I [F] 3 sem. hrs.
A foundational course for music students to learn the concepts and skills needed to understand, read, create and perform contemporary music, individually or in a team setting. Theoretical concepts include: basic music and song elements; music terminology; staff notation; time signatures; key signatures; relative keys; scales; intervals; triads and inversions; and primary chords. Training in practical aural skills include: musical memory; ear training; identifying time signatures, scales, intervals, triads and primary chords; sight-singing; clapping and counting rhythms; singing scales, intervals and triads; dictation and transcription; and playing primary chords on the piano.
(This course is a prerequisite for MUSI 152 Musicianship II.)
MUSI 152 Musicianship II [S] 3 sem. hrs.
This course will expand on the theoretical and practical content taught in Musicianship I. Additional theoretical concepts and their corresponding aural skills, include: parallel keys; secondary chords; other chords (2,4,6,7,9,11,13,sus); chord symbols; slash chords; chord analysis; chord substitutions; cadences; duplets and triplets; hybrid meters; rest groupings; transposition; melody writing; two-, three-, and four-part writing; lead sheets and chord charts.
(This course is a prerequisite for MUSI 251/252 Keyboard I & II, and MUSI 352 Song Writing and Arranging. Prerequisite: MUSI 151)
MUSI 153, 154 Private Lessons 1, 1.5 or 2 sem. hrs.
Individual instruction in piano/keyboard, voice, guitar/bass, drums, or other instruments as instructors are available. Open to students of all programs. No previous instruction is necessary. Beginning lessons are 1/2 hour per week (1 sem. hr.), intermediate lessons are 3/4 hour per week (1.5 sem. hr.), and advanced lessons are 1 hour per week (2 sem. hr.).
Music majors in the degree program must enrol in private lessons on one instrument (either piano or guitar) for a minimum of 3 credit hours over the course of at least 3 semesters. At the conclusion of each semester, all Music majors taking private lessons will perform a practical examination worth 25% of the private lesson grade. This is the equivalent of a final exam in a course. Students must prepare two songs for their examination under the guidance of their instructor.
Music Leadership majors in the degree program must enrol in private lessons on one instrument (either piano or guitar) for a minimum of 3 credit hours over the course of at least 3 semesters. At the conclusion of each semester, all Music majors taking private lessons will perform a practical examination worth 25% of the private lesson grade. This is the equivalent of a final exam in a course. Students must prepare two songs for their examination under the guidance of their instructor.
MUSI 159, 160 Chapel Sound & Media Practicum I & II [F/S] 1 - 1 sem. hrs.
These practicums provide hands-on experience with live sound, recording and streaming, visual-media, and lighting equipment during chapels, college events, and recording projects.
BIBL 250 Biblical Foundations & Contemporary Issues of Worship [S 2017/2019] 3 sem. hrs.
This course develops a Biblical-Historical theology of worship in order to best navigate contemporary worship issues that face today's church. Scriptures are examined to discover the meaning of worship for both a personal devotional life and worship in a Christian community. The historical development of Christian worship is presented using Historical Paradigm Theory. Some of the contemporary issues that will be discussed are: song selection that serves the entire congregation, a healthy model for the arts and media in worship ministry, and differing perspectives in corporate worship service design - Seeker Service, Believers Service, or Missional Service. (This course is a prerequisite for MUSI 351 Corporate Worship Leadership and Administration.)
MUSI 251 Keyboard I [F] 1 sem. hrs.
One-on-one instruction for music students who intend to lead a church music team and/or play electric keyboard in a church band. Theoretical concepts learned will include: knowing the primary and secondary chords in all major and minor keys up to and including 4 sharps and 4 flats; and, knowing the V7 chord (key change chord) for all major and minor keys. Practical skills learned will include: chords and harmony technique; reading lead sheets and chord charts; chording by ear in basic keys; and playing in a fluent manner. Those with prior piano training should aim to reach Competency Level I. Those with no prior piano training should aim to reach Competency Level II. (This course is a prerequisite for MUSI 252 Keyboard II. Prerequisites: MUSI 151 & 152 Musicianship I & II).
MUSI 252 Keyboard II [S] 1 sem. hrs.
A class for music students who have completed MUSI 251 Keyboard I. Content will include: understanding the role of the keyboardist in a church team/band; knowing the pros and cons of using lead sheets and chord charts; accompanying vocalists; and learning the settings on the keyboard. The areas of focus will be on playing techniques for various sounds used in modern corporate worship, synthesis and sound creation, using software and soft-synths to generate sounds and play backing tracks. (Prerequisites: MUSI 151 & 152 Musicianship I & II; MUSI 251 Keyboard I).
MUSI 253 Instrumental Methods for Team Coaching [F 2017/S 2019] 2 sem. hr.
A practical course for music leaders to develop basic instrumental and coaching skills for church music teams. For church rhythm section instruments (i.e. drums, guitars, piano/keyboards) and orchestral instruments (i.e. woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings), the student will learn the basic relevant terminology, parts and accessories, placement, methods, ranges, tonal qualities, notation/scoring, and performance of each instrument, as well as being able to diagnose problems. (This course is a prerequisite for MUSI 351 Song-writing and Arranging.)
MUSI 254 Vocal Methods for Leading and Coaching [S 2017 Q] 1 sem. hr.
A practical course for music leaders to develop basic vocal competency and the ability to coach other vocalists in church music teams. Students will study the principles of good vocal production, for singing, acting and speaking. The course includes instruction in proper posture, effective breath support and control, listening, projection, resonation, diction, song interpretation, expression and performance. Students will also learn how to detect vocal weaknesses in other vocalists in order to coach them for improvement. Recommended as a prerequisite for private voice lessons.
MUSI 351 Corporate Worship Leadership and Administration [S 2019/2021] 3 sem. hrs.
This course presupposes a firm grasp of the theoretical and practical content taught in BIBL 250 Biblical Theology of Worship. A brief review of the Biblical purposes of the church, corporate gatherings and the use of the arts, will be followed by the practical aspects of giving leadership and administrating the corporate worship arts and ministries of the local church. Focused consideration will be given to developing skills in planning, preparing for and leading congregational gatherings. Students will observe, evaluate and learn from corporate worship ministries (rehearsals, services, sessions with leaders) in a variety of churches. Spiritual, pastoral, cultural, musical, and technological considerations will be discussed. Administrative duties such as scheduling, accessing resources, training and mentoring, working with a church leadership team and organizing events will be discussed. (Prerequisite: BIBL 250 Biblical Theology of Worship).
MUSI 352 Song Writing and Arranging [S 2018/2020] 3 sem. hrs.
This course briefly outlines the characteristics of a variety of musical genres. It also offers foundational skills for composing and arranging songs for music ministry in and outside of the church. Aspects include a song's purpose, context, form, lyrics, melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, style, instrumentation, arrangement and scoring. An investigation of computer resources including notation and sequencing programs will be included. (Prerequisite: MUSI 253 Instrumental Methods for Team Coaching).
MUSI 353, 354 Chapel Ministry Group [F/S] 1-1sem. hrs.
Students enrolled in both the Music certificate and degree programs are required to complete a minimum of 2 semester hours credit in Chapel Ministry teams. This includes mentorship by the designated Chapel Teams Mentor for skill enhancement, review and planning. Degree students are encouraged to be involved in these teams beyond the required semester hours in order to develop skill in this ministry.
MUSI 353r, 354r Rejoice [F/S] 1-1sem. hrs.
A group of singers and instrumentalists who are chosen each fall by audition to minister in BC and Yukon District PAOC churches and at college functions. Open to students of all programs (except Omega). Members are expected to enroll for a full academic year and must maintain a minimum 2.3 grade point average and good citizenship. Class meets 2 hours per week. May be repeated.
MUSI 355 Church Audio and Media [F] 2 sem. hrs.
A practical seminar course including training in live sound production, stage lighting, video / audio recording, streaming, projection and related computer programs, plus the use of social media for church ministry.
MUSI 356 Recording and Mixing I [F] 2 sem. Hrs.
This course introduces the student to some of the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) for studio recording and mixing and live performance. It explains the entire production process from initial song demo to a final master using both Logic® and ProTools®. It will cover such topics as setting up a project studio, positioning microphones to capture superior sounds, recording and editing techniques, running an effective and inspiring recording session, and basic mixing techniques. It will also introduce the student to running backing tracks for live music performance and worship services using Ableton Live®.
MUSI 357 Recording Studio Lab I [F] 1 sem. hrs.
This lab provides an opportunity for students to apply the concepts learned in MUSI 356 Recording and Mixing I to real world exercises and projects.
MUSI 358 Recording and Mixing II [S] 2 sem. hrs.
This course builds upon the recording and mixing techniques learned in MUSI 356 Recording and Mixing I and provides more advanced techniques in music production, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering.
MUSI 359 Recording Studio Lab II [S] 1 sem. hrs.
This lab provides an opportunity for students to apply the concepts learned in MUSI 358 Recording and Mixing II to real world exercises and projects.
MUSI 360 History of Music [DS] 3 sem. hrs.
An overview of the history of music in western culture. Emphasis is placed on the development of music and its diverse expressions in society and in the Christian Church from Biblical times to the present.
MUSI 361 Production in Ministry [S] 2 sem. hrs.
This course provides an introduction to production as a ministry in the local church. It explores the role of the production team within the creative ministry and expression of the church in worship and outreach. It develops a ministry philosophy that harnesses the power and possibilities of all dimensions of production in service to the church in worship and ministry.
MUSI 455, 456 Music Internship 3 sem. hrs.
A supervised program designed to give the student first-hand experience in church and pastoral ministry with particular focus on corporate worship, music and other arts ministries. It is expected that the intern will be involved in as many facets of church ministry as possible, under the supervision of an experienced pastor.
[Prerequisite: Junior status (4 semesters completed) in the Music degree program.] Although there is no examination for this course, there are required assignments to complete.