Combining passions for music, leadership, and Christian worship

As a part of our Lutheran heritage, Church Music is worth studying for the sake of teaching the faith. In what types of contexts can you do this, you ask? You might find yourself playing the liturgy or worship music, directing vocal choirs, working with the pastor to support the structure of the Divine Service, composing or arranging hymns and other works: The list goes on!

Credits 120

All courses offered face-to-face on Ann Arbor's campus.

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The average undergraduate student award is $23,395.

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Program Overview

The Church Music program consists of the standard music major with additional classes in church music. You may choose from either a Traditional or a Contemporary Track. You'll learn from practicing church musicians and have the opportunity to participate in contemporary or traditional worship, orchestra, band, and organ performances. You'll learn the art of leading congregation in song, direct student worship bands, choose theologically sound music, and work with a pastor to structure music in worship. Because of CUAA’s location, you will have access to a rich variety of musical events in the area. 

A Church Music major also provides students with an option to serve the Church as church musicians. Graduates may be solemnly called to positions in congregations or recognized service organizations of the church, and may be eligible to be placed on The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod roster with the designation “Minister of Religion Commissioned – Director of Parish Music.” Application to the Church Music major involves steps in addition to application to the university. To be placed on the roster, students must receive a call from a congregation.

What to Expect

Plan on dedicating significant energy to practicing in your primary area: organ, piano or voice on the Traditional track, or piano, guitar, or voice on the Contemporary Track. Regardless of your current skill level, we have experienced faculty available to help improve your technique in a one-on-one setting. General music elements of this program include composing and arranging, music history and theory, aural skills, and conducting. You’ll also focus on how music connects with the theological aspects of worship.

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