Music Courses

Music Theory/Ear Training 1 (MUT 1101) | 3 Credits

The primary objective of Music Theory 1 is to expand the student’s musical vocabulary by acquainting them with the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural elements of music.  This course provides students a working knowledge of contemporary music theory fundamentals by covering the basic concepts of notation, rhythm, tonality, and harmony, and emphasizing in-depth understanding of intervals, major and minor scales, and duple and triple meters.

Music Theory/Ear Training 2 (MUT 1201) | 3 Credits

Prerequisite: MUT 1101

This course will expand the student’s musical vocabulary by furthering their knowledge of the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural elements of music. With an emphasis on harmonic structure, analysis, and ear training students will be introduced to more complex chords, progressions, and rhythms, opening up their understanding of the musical elements that are needed to be a more effective writer and player.

Ensemble/Band Lab 1 (PEB 1101) | 1 Credits

Ensemble/Band Lab 2 (PEB 1201) | 1 Credits

Ensemble/Band Lab 3 (PEB 2101) | 1 Credits

Ensemble/Band Lab 4 (PEB 2201) | 1 Credits

Ensemble/Band Lab is designed to help students sharpen essential performance skills and techniques and to gain diverse group-playing experience. Ensembles may have the opportunity to lead worship at any of our church campuses, ministries within the church, and at local and regional churches. Performance opportunities will be scheduled in conjunction with the demands of the performance opportunity so they are suitable to the performance level of the ensemble. Students will audition to participate in an ensemble during each school term.

Songwriting/Create 1 (SON 1101) | 1 Credit

This course will explore, discuss and implement these guidelines and principles through short topical lessons and practical application of these fundamentals in group settings.

Songwriting/Create 2 (Son 1201) | 1 Credit

Prerequisite: SON 1101

This course will explore, discuss and implement these guidelines and principles through short topical lessons and practical application of these fundamentals in group settings. Students will share original songs weekly during a time of “song share.”

Introduction to Ministry Technology (MTC 1101) | 3 Credit

This course introduces students to the basics of audio and media technology that is commonly used in modern ministry including live sound, lighting, presentation software and an introduction the Ableton Live software.

Studio Lessons/Lab – PEL 1110-2250 | 2 Credits

PEL 1110 Studio Lessons/Lab 1– Bass

PEL 1120 Studio Lessons/Lab 1 – Drums

PEL 1130 Studio Lessons/Lab 1 – Guitar

PEL 1140 Studio Lessons/Lab 1 – Keyboard

PEL 1150 Studio Lessons/Lab 1 – Voice

Private instruction and music labs. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours

Discipleship Courses

Apologetics 1 (BIB 1102) | 3 Credits

Apologetics 2 (BIB 1202) | 3 Credits

A study of the defense of the Christian faith that prepares students in different methods of Christian apologetics, including style and study methods, and utilizing the bible and online resources.

Introduction to Acts (BIB 2101) | 2 Credits

This course is a verse-by-verse study through the Book of Acts. We will look at the growth of the early church and church practice, including the function of spiritual gifts in the Church. We will also study the aspects of early church missions, church planting, and discipleship.

The Epistles (BIB 2203) | 2 Credits

Ministry Leadership Courses

Biblical Counseling 1 (BIC 1202) | 3 Credits

This course provides a foundational understanding of the Biblical mandate for the role of Biblical Counselor in the body of Christ. Student's gain perspective on the personal response to this mandate as they learn confidence in God's Word as source of all wisdom and further understanding of the essential truths of Scripture provided to help others deal with sin in a Biblical manner.

Ministry Leadership/Practicum 1 (PRA 2101) | 4 Credits

Ministry Leadership/Practicum 2 (PRA 2201) | 4 Credits

A practicum is an experience that requires the practical application of theory or conceptual knowledge. The OE practicum is intended to offer second year students opportunities to:

1. Gain practical experience based on the understanding and application of the principles and lab   experiences learned at OE year one

2. Be in a position to realize a confirmation in their call to ministry

3. Observe and participate in a range of professional activities in the work setting

4. Interact with colleagues in a professional ministry environment

5. Develop a professional self-awareness

6. Develop a mentor relationship with an overseer who will identify skills that need to be developed and who will provide action steps for improvement.

Biblical Counseling 2 (BIC 2202) | 2 Credits

Prerequisite: BIC 1202

This class intends to take the second-year students one step further from the first-year Biblical Counseling class. While acknowledging the sufficiency of Scripture in helping heal wounded people (2 Timothy 3:6), this class will give the students a deeper understanding of the psychology of human beings in order to help them understand how to effectively counsel others.

Track Courses

Worship Track

Worship Leading Lab 1 (WOR 1111) | 1 Credits

Worship Leading Lab 2 (WOR 1211) | 1 Credits

Worship Leading Lab 3 (WOR 2111) | 1 Credits

Worship Leading Lab 4 (WOR 2211) | 1 Credits

This is a practical class in which students lead worship and are evaluated through live leading and video. Each class will consist of a mini lesson on a weekly or bi-weekly topic followed by students leading worship or watching a video of their worship set. Each student will evaluate the worship leading based upon the following criteria: song selection/leadership/musicianship.

Worship 101 (WOR 1101) | 2 Credits

Corequisite: WOR 1111

This course will focus on the basic tools and practical strategies for the modern worship leader. After completing this course you will understand and identify the culture God places you in, understand the basics of equipping and leading your team and understand good planning and communication. This course will also provide an introduction to the theological background of worship, primarily focusing on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Worship 201 (WOR 1201) | 2 Credits

Prerequisite: WOR 1111, WOR 1101

Corequisite: WOR 1211

An overview of the spiritual and leadership basics of the worship leader. This is a course focused on helping the student strategically prepare to lead people in congregations, teams, and office management. Worship leading is a skill that requires the leader to win over people and build momentum with the group-this will be studied in depth during this course.

Performance Track

Performance Lab 1 (PER 1111) | 1 Credits

Performance Lab 2 (PER 1211) | 1 Credits

Performance Lab 3 (PER 2111) | 1 Credits

Performance Lab 4 (PER 2211) | 1 Credits

The Performance Program is designed to assist students in preparing for a career as musician or singer in the Christian music industry. Performance students will be pushed to achieve the highest levels of technical and artistic proficiency. Expectations and accountability in skill development along with a variety of performance and recording opportunities will push Performance students to reach their potential. Performance Lab will provide an environment where students are provided with musical challenges designed to improve their technical and artistic proficiency. Students will be held accountable for private lesson materials, develop and work toward appropriate goals, and will be given repertoire from a variety of genres to learn and perform as a group.

Artist Track

Artist Lab 1 (SON 1111) | 1 Credits

Artist Lab 2 (SON 1211) | 1 Credits

Artist Lab 3 (SON 2111) | 1 Credits

Artist Lab 4 (SON 2211) | 1 Credits

The Artist Development track will give students the knowledge and experience useful in beginning a career as a Christian music artist. The track will teach important live performance principles which will be immediately implemented by students.  Students will also develop and maintain an Artist Promo Kit. This will include a 2-3 song demo, promotional pictures, a website (including Twitter and Facebook accounts), a music video, as well as other material and media.

Music Business (SON 2111) | 2 Credits

Corequisite for Artist Track: SON 1111

Corequisite for Performance Track: PER 1111

The music world is changing; today more than ever independent artists can thrive without the help of a record label. This course will explore what has changed, why it will continue to change, and how musicians and artists can take advantage of the changes, uncovering new ways of marketing, and distributing your music, and how best to promote to and reach fans through social media and your web presence.

Music Project Experience (SON 1203) | 2 Credits

Prerequisite for Artist Track: SON 1111, SON 2111

Corequisite for Artist Track: SON 1211

Prerequisite for Performance Track: PER 1111, SON 2111

Corequisite for Performance Track: PER 1211

MPE is a project-based class that will provide students the opportunity to be involved in the production and promotion of a song/project. Students will learn how to manage the recording and production timeline and schedule resources. Students will learn a well-rounded approach to marketing and selling music online with a focus on the effective use of social media to gain exposure to their target audience.

Production Track

Audio Lab 1 (AUD 1101) | 3 Credits

Audio Lab 2 (AUD 1102) | 3 Credits

This course serves as a training ground for production track in the area of audio technology. As a lab based experience students will have a hands on approach to learning that is heavy on experimentation and guided examples. The course primarily focuses on the area of live and studio sound. Special consideration is given to examining both the technical and creative sides of live and studio sound.

Visual Lab 1 (VIS 1101) | 3 Credits

Visual Lab 1 (VIS 1102) | 3 Credits

This course serves as a training ground for production track in the area of visual technology. As a lab based experience students will have a hands on approach to learning that is heavy on experimentation and guided example. The course primarily focuses on Basics of Design, Using ProPresenter, Projector, Lighting and Live/Studio Video. The course is module based-with each module lasting 4 weeks.

Elective Courses

Basic Keyboard 1 (PEK 1101) | 2 Credits

Class Keyboard I is a hands-on course, designed for non-piano principals to prepare them to play lead sheets for beginner repertoire and worship music.

Basic Keyboard 2 (PEK 1201) | 2 Credits

Prerequisite: PEK 1101

A continuation of Class Keys 1 with an emphasis on playing with a pad, chord inversions, chord voicing's, extensions, and basic comping patterns. This class will also cover basic techniques with pedaling and finger positioning.

Ableton Live (MTC 1111) | 3 Credit

Prerequisite: MTC 1101

Required for Production Track

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of using Ableton Live for basic recording and electronic performance. It will provide an overview of the features and uses of Ableton Live, examine common uses for Ableton Live in a Worship Ministry, and provide project-based assignments for students to gain experience in applying these lessons.

Advanced Ableton Live 1 (MTC 2101) | 1 Credit

Advanced Ableton Live 2 (MTC 2201) | 1 Credit

Prerequisite: MTC 1101, MTC 1111

This course will explore advanced application of Ableton live software in a ministry setting including it’s use in producing music as well as integration into and control of other media systems in ministry.

Directed Study in Songwriting 1 (SON 2101) | 1 Credit

Directed Study in Songwriting 2 (SON 2201) | 1 Credit

Prerequisite: SON 1101, SON 1201

This course will focus on in greater depth the principles that support songwriting. It will expand upon foundational tools and increase the writer’s knowledge on how to craft a well-written song.


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