Chruch Music Furman University

The Bachelor of Church Music degree is designed to prepare the student 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-Furman Singers, Furman Chamber Choir, and the Men’s and women’s Chorales-all of which are directed by experienced and committed church musicians, and perform substantial sacred repertory in a variety of styles each year. In addition, the annual Furman University Church Music Conference brings to the campus distinguished church musicians of national prominence to deliver lectures on subjects related to the study and practice of church music. These guest musicians are usually featured as directors and/or organists in hymn festivals and other concerts included as part of the conference. The capstone experience of the Church Music degree occurs during the spring term of a student’s senior year. MUS 440, Practicum in Church Music, involves an internship at a Greenville-area church which provides the student with practical experience in all areas of an active, excellent church music program.

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.

Students pursuing the B.M. in Church Music may designate ANY instrument or voice as their principal performing medium. A minimum of 12 hours study is required in this principal area, as well as a minimum of 4 hours in a secondary area (voice principals will study piano or organ; all other principals will study voice).

In addition to completing those courses required for all music degrees, church music majors will also take: 12

  • MUS 312, Orchestration
  • MUS 340, Church Music Ministry
  • MUS 341, Hymnology
  • MUS 354, Choral Conducting
  • MUS 423, Survey of Choral Literature
  • MUS 431, Vocal / Choral Methods
  • MUS 434, Elementary Music Methods
  • MUS 440, Practicum in Church Music
  • MUS 450, Vocal Pedagogy
  • MUS 452, Service Playing (required for Organ principals) or a 2-hour Music Elective
  • MUS…A choral ensemble experience the four semesters of your junior and senior year. Additional choral ensemble experience is recommended. Simultaneous membership in a band or the Furman Symphony orchestra is possible, schedule permitting.

Course sequence

To view a detailed four year course sequence, open the PDF document Music Handbook and scroll to page 38.
Updated September 2015.

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