Church music, though often similar in composition to many traditional and modern styles of music, incorporates unique elements and therefore requires specialized talents. This emphasis provides you with training for leadership in church music programs.
- Courses include conducting and vocal pedagogy.
- Internship opportunities provide practical experience and allow for hands-on learning and observation.
This emphasis will prepare you to serve as a music ministry professional in roles such as leading worship or performances for a congregation.
Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.
Prerequisites (6 Units)
|MUS 101||Elements of Musicianship*||3|
|Introduction to American Popular Music|
or Art Appreciation
*Prerequisite for MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.
NOTE: Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS 131 - Piano Class or MUS 135 - Private Instruction in Piano, followed by MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship.
Required Courses (43-47 Units)
|MUS 110||Music Theory and Aural Skills||3|
|MUS 110L||Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab||1|
|MUS 210||Music Theory and Counterpoint||3|
|MUS 210L||Music Theory and Counterpoint||1|
|MUS 310||Music Theory and Analysis||3|
|MUS 310L||Music Theory and Analysis Lab||1|
|MUS 349||Music Research||1|
|MUS 350||Early Music History||3|
|MUS 351||Music History: 1725-1900||3|
|MUS 352||Music History and World Music Since 1900||4|
|MUS 400||Music in the Church||3|
|MUS 410||Music Theory Since Debussy||3|
|MUS 410L||Music Theory Since Debussy Lab||1|
|MUS 411||Scoring and Arranging||3|
|MUS 450||Conducting I||3|
|MUS 451||Conducting II||3|
|MUS 460||Vocal Pedagogy||2|
|MUS 493||Church Music Internship||1 - 3|
or Senior Project in Music Composition
|1 - 3|
1 - 3
Successful completion of Level 1 on the student’s primary instrument is a prerequisite for MUS 310 - Music Theory and Analysis.
Music history courses should be preceded by MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab and MUS 349 - Music Research.
Applied Music (Private Instruction) (8 Units)
Enrollment in private music instruction in the student’s primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upper- division units) on the same instrument.
Ensemble (16 Units Minimum)
Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles
|MUS 115||Vocal Performance Workshop||2|
|MUS 116||Concert Choir||2|
|MUS 123||Symphonic Band||2|
Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles
|MUS 117||San Joaquin Chorale||2|
|MUS 118||Vocal Ensemble (Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)||2|
|MUS 120||Brass Choir Strings, Handbells, Flutes (Brass Choir, or other approved instrumental ensemble)||2|
|MUS 121||Jazz Band||2|
|MUS 127||Woodwind Ensembles (Flute Choir, Sax Quartet, Woodwind Quintet)||2|
|MUS 208||Pacific Bronze Handbell Choir||2|
All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Enrollment in Piano Proficiency Class (MUS 132) or Private Piano Instruction (MUS 135) is required until the exam is passed. Transfer students who have passed the piano proficiency test at another institution are required to pass the FPU piano proficiency exam as well.
Level Exams: Passing the Level 1 exam signals official admittance into the music department as a music major and is a prerequisite for admittance to Music Theory and Analysis (MUS 310). The Level 2 exam must be passed at least one semester prior to the senior recital (MUS 495 - Senior Project, MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition).
During the final year of study, graduating music majors are required to present a senior performance recital. Students will register for MUS 495 - Senior Project or MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition during the semester of the scheduled recital. A portfolio chronicling the student’s activities in music is due the semester of graduation. The portfolio is especially important for music education majors.
Keyboard majors and church music majors are encouraged to take one semester of organ instruction during their years of college study. Keyboard majors may be asked to accompany voice or instrumental students for rehearsals and student recitals.
Church music majors are required to pass Level 2 of the performance jury exam on their primary instrument. Church music majors should consider one academic year of participation in Handbell Choir.
Jeffrey Wilson, DMA
Christa Pehl Evans, Ph.D.