Worship Arts

Bachelor of Arts

The BA Worship Arts is designed to develop the student's worship leadership and ministry skills while building a framework for understanding worship and the arts in light of historical movements and biblical principles. The program is built upon a foundation of courses in biblical studies, theology, and arts and science.

The BA Worship Arts is designed to develop the student's worship leadership and ministry skills while building a framework for understanding worship and the arts in light of historical movements and biblical principles. The program is built upon a foundation of courses in biblical studies, theology, and arts and science.

Successful graduates of the program are prepared to become competent music and worship leaders for churches, para-church ministries, and mission organizations. This program lays a solid foundation for further study at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly in the areas of music or pastoral ministry.

Program Entrance

Students who wish to enrol in the BA Worship Arts should apply either prior to arrival or during their first year. In their first semester, students are encouraged to audition for an ensemble, write the Theory Placement Test, and enrol in private lessons. Students are required to take the Piano Proficiency Exam before completion of the program. Students applying to the BA Worship Arts program are required to submit two reference letters from people who can speak to the applicants' abilities and calling as worship leaders, along with an audio or video recording. Each applicant will be required to have an interview/audition with the program coordinator.

Transfer students should contact the Worship Arts office to arrange for an audition and interview for direct entry into the program.

Requirements

The BA Worship Arts requires 42 credit hours of Worship Arts-related course work and 6 credit hours of cognate requirements with a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work at 300+ level within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 30 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Theory Requirements

(9 credit hours) *

MUS 115 Musicianship I 3
MUS 116 Musicianship II 3
MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship 3

History Requirements

(3 credit hours)

FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I 3

Worship Arts Requirements

(12 credit hours)

THEO 301 Theology of Christian Worship 3
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams 3
WA 420 Worship Leadership 3
WA 437 Worship Arts Internship 3

Applied Requirements

(15 credit hours)

Private Lessons (6 ch):

  • 4 semesters on major instruments, 1 on voice, 1 on another rhythm section instrument (6 total)

Ensemble Requirements  (6 ch):

Students commit to ensembles for the whole year, therefore in miltiples of 2

  • 2-4 small, 2-4 large (total of 6 ch)
MUS 323 Conducting I 3

Electives

(3-6 credit hours) *

  • Choose 3 credit hours from the following:
COMM 120 Video Production I 3
COMM 121 Video Production II 3
MUS 130 Basic Voice 3
MUS 140 Basic Piano 3
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production 3
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music 3
MUS 300 Musicianship IV 3
MUS 310 Songwriting 3
MUS 324 Conducting II 3
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I 3
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation 3
MUS 362 Advanced Electronic Music 3
MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging 3
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
Private Lessons 1 maximum
Ensembles 2 maximum
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I 3
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II 3
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop 3

Cognate Requirements

(6 credit hours)

Required (3 ch):

CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry 3

Elective (3 ch):

  • Select 1 course from the following:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
CM 461 Issues of Ministry Leadership 3
PAST 355 Homiletics 3
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I 3
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II
PAST 466 Soul Care 3

Electives

(12-24 credit hours)

Free Electives 12-24

 

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

*Students who 'test out' of MUS 115 have an additional 3 credit hours of elective room within their major.

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Ron de Jager

rdejager@briercrest.ca
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A native of Nova Scotia, Ron recently completed studies at the doctoral level in vocal performance. He has enjoyed performing solo recitals, opera, oratorio, musical theatre, film, and ballet. His roles have ranged from the Phantom in Maury Yeston's Phantom to soloist for Handel's Messiah, from Count Alamviva in Le Nozze di Figaro to the Fonz in Happy Days, and from the lead in the short film One Tale of Misfortune to dancing the role of Gabriel in the ballet Song of Evangeline.

He was the Artistic Director and Founder of ROD Music Productions in Halifax, N.S., where he worked as a vocal instructor, adjudicator, dancer, and worship pastor.

At Briercrest College and Seminary, Ron enjoys giving leadership to the voice department, teaching voice, vocal master class, musical theatre workshop, acting and theory. He continues to perform recitals, musical theatre and opera. Ron enjoys inspiring young artists to share the unique gifts God entrusts to His children.

Keith Molberg

kmolberg@briercrest.ca
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Keith Molberg is originally from Alberta, and he joined the Worship Arts faculty at Briercrest College and Seminary in 2003. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta, he studied for three years at Arizona State University, where he received his Master of Music.

As a pianist, Keith has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared with several orchestras either as soloist or as orchestral musician. Keith has been active for many years as a worship leader and member of worship teams both in local churches and in the context of university ministries. As program coordinator for the Worship Leadership emphasis, he coordinates the chapel worship teams at Briercrest and teaches Music Theory, Recording Arts, and private piano.