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Ranked 4th among online Christian colleges
OCU ranks 4th among the “Top 8 online Christian Colleges and Universities in 2017” according to www.thebestcolleges.org. Ranking is by graduation, retention and acceptance rates, student-teacher ratios, tuition costs, years of accreditation, reputation, awards, and job placement records.

Music and Worship Leadership

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

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. 

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.

Available Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

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

On completion of the program, 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.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The BA in Worship Leadership is designed to prepare students who will serve as leaders 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

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Express an evident and attractive Christian witness.
  • Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
  • Relate to a wide variety of individuals to whom and with whom they are called to minister.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This major offers preparation for worship leadership and qualifications for working in business environments. Together, these programs are for students who plan to serve in worship leadership, while applying business expertise in a church setting or a career in business.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student 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.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze a business operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program prepares students with the understanding and skills needed for pastoral and worship leadership roles in the local church.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student 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.
  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life learning.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This dual major in Worship Leadership and Psychology is designed to prepare students for a calling in worship ministry, and to enable them to enter a graduate school counseling program where they can receive credentials toward a helping profession of counseling ministry, serving those within and beyond the Church. 

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student 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.
  • Apply and integrate relevant psychological theories to various life and vocational settings and educational environments.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Associate of Arts degree in Worship Leadership is designed for students with the gifts and calling to serve in the worship ministries of a local church. The program helps ground students in 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. It is structured to introduce students to knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with a particular emphasis on musical skills.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student 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.
 

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Music Department Offers New Piano Pedagogy Certificate Program

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