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Are you looking for a music or worship leadership program that will inspire, nurture, and challenge you? If so, Ohio Christian's music and worship leadership programs are just what you are seeking.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program will help you deepen your understanding of music while developing your musical performance skills. Our Worship Leadership program provides flexible options for students seeking to lead authentic, Christ-centered, and transformational worship.

Students in our performance ensembles have interned, performed, and/or ministered in Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Atlanta, Nashville, and Karuizawa, and Matsomoto, Japan.

Music Department professors are well-qualified and experienced, yet caring and compassionate.

Worship Leadership Programs

Churches are looking for well-prepared musicians to lead their worship. More and more churches recognize that worship leaders are pastors too, helping care for the spiritual needs of the church. OCU's worship leadership program is multi-disciplinary, preparing students to be pastor-musicians, who also have the performing and coaching skills of a confident leader for other musicians.

Because so many professional musicians and worship leaders are dual-employed, we offer unique dual-major programs helping students prepare the second income stream musicians often desire. Our growing list of second-emphasis options includes business, psychology, ministry and piano studio teaching. Students who want to pursue full-time employment in worship leadership can choose a music-and-worship only option. 

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Music Opportunities for High School Students

High School students who are interested in pursuing collegiate-level music study and who live close enough to the University to commute to and from the university during the school year may enroll in entry-level music classes, participate in selected instrumental ensembles (by audition only) and take private instruction on their primary instrument. Students who have successfully auditioned for one of the music programs at Ohio Christian University by the end of the fall semester prior to their high school graduation may begin their music program of study a semester early.

Degree Programs

The BA in Music is designed to prepare musicians with a high level of musical skill and a strong foundation in music theory, history, and applied performance.

Objectives

Objectives On completion, students should be able to:
  • Perform at a collegiate level as a vocalist or instrumentalist.
  • Apply knowledge of music theory and the historical context of music to musical performance.
  • Demonstrate functional vocal and accompanying skills.
 

The BA in Worship Leadership prepares students for leadership in worship ministry. The program grounds students in a biblical understanding of worship’s role in a healthy church, nurtures their commitment to spiritual life, and orients them to servant leadership through music. Graduates demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for effective worship ministry.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
  • Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
 

The university offers a state-approved program in K-12 Music Education. Upon completion of the program and the satisfaction of all program requirements students will be recommended to the Ohio Department of Education for initial licensure.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
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    Establish a friendly rapport and exhibit warmth, care, respect, and acceptance of students as individuals.
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    Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life-long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
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    Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricular area.
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    Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners’ construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
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    Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic and language backgrounds.
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    Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning.
 

The Associate of Arts degree in Worship Leadership is for students with the gifts and calling to serve in the worship ministries of a local church. The program helps ground students in a biblical understanding of the roles worship plays in a healthy church, nurture in them an evident commitment to spiritual life, and orient them to servant leadership through music. Students acquire knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with emphasis on musical skills.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
  • Express an evident and attractive Christian witness.
  • Communicate an increased understanding of biblical foundations for spiritual life and worship ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.