Chruch Music Furman University

Audition and declaration requirements

Furman students intending to major in music must perform an audition and complete a music theory placement examination. Final approval for a music degree takes place during your sophomore year.

General requirements

The bachelor of music in church music is designed to prepare you for a career as a church musician. Specific courses pertaining to the study of church music are supplemented by the opportunity to participate in Furman's outstanding choral ensembles. While the majority of our Church Music Majors are vocalists, organists or pianists, other instruments are eligible - such as harp or guitar.  Questions?  Email Dr. William Thomas.

Core courses:

  • Basic Musicianship I (MUS-111)
  • Basic Musicianship II (MUS-112)
  • Introduction to Music Literature (MUS-120)
  • Basic Musicianship III (MUS-211)
  • Basic Musicianship IV (MUS-212)
  • World Music I (MUS-220)
  • Music History I (MUS-221)
  • Music History II (MUS-320)
  • Music History III (MUS-321)
  • Basic Conducting (MUS-352)
  • Two credits of performance topics
  • Recital Attendance for seven semesters (MUS-050)
  • Freshman Music Colloquium for one semester (MUS-051)
  • Membership in at least one ensemble: Symphony orchestra (MUS-060), Furman band (MUS-061), Furman Singers (MUS-062), Furman men's chorale (MUS-063), Furman women's chorale (MUS-064), or Guitar Ensemble (MUS-076)

Additional courses:

  • Orchestration (MUS-312)
  • Church Music Ministry (MUS-340)
  • Hymnology (MUS-341)
  • Choral Conducting (MUS-354)
  • Vocal/Choral Methods (MUS-431)
  • Survey of Choral Literature (MUS-423)
  • Elementary Music Methods (MUS-434)
  • Practicum in Church Music (MUS-440)
  • Vocal Pedagogy (MUS-450)
  • At least two credits of music electives from courses numbered between 300 and 499. Organ principals must complete MUS-452 Service Playing.
  • At least 16 credits of performance studies in any instrument or voice, including a minimum of 12 credits on the principal instrument and no less than four credits on the secondary instrument. Voice principals will study piano or organ. All other principals will study voice.

Course sequence

Class Fall Spring
Freshman MUS-111 Musicianship I CGA

Performance Studies (2)1
Performance Topics (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS-051 Colloquium
MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS-112  Musicianship II

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-120 Introduction to Music Literature (2)

CGA (4)

First Year Seminar (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
Sophomore MUS-211 Musicianship III

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-221 Music History I (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
MUS-212 Musicianship IV

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-352 Basic Conducting (2)

MUS-220 World Music (4) CGA

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble
Junior MUS-320 Music History II (4) CGA

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-354 Choral Conducting (2)

MUS-434 Elementary Music Methods (2)
Music Elective (2)2

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble (choral)3
MUS-321 Music History III (2)
MUS-312 Orchestration (2)

Performance Studies (2)
MUS-423 Survey of Choral Literature (2)

MUS-340 Church Music Ministry (2)*
MUS-341 Hymnology (2)*

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major ensemble (choral)
Senior Performance Studies (2)
MUS-431 Vocal/Choral Methods (2)

MUS-450 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
MUS-452 Service Playing** or Music Elective (2)

CGA (4)

CGA (4)

MUS-050 Recital Attendance
Major Ensemble (choral)
Performance Studies (2)
Music Elective (2)

MUS-440 Practicum in Church Music (4)

CGA (4)

Religion Course (CGA) 4

Senior recital (0)

Major ensemble (choral)

1Sixteen hours of performance study will include a minimum of twelve hours on the principal instrument (any orchestral instrument, keyboard, guitar or voice), and a minimum of four hours on the secondary instrument (voice principals will study piano or organ; all other principals will study voice).
2Music elective hours will be in courses numbered in the 300's and 400's.
3Church Music majors will enroll in a major choral ensemble each semester of the junior and senior years.
*Courses offered in alternate years
**Organ principals will take Service Playing

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