Music Department

Have you felt a calling to become a worship leader, song evangelist, or use your musical talent in another form of ministry?

We’re told in Psalm 98:4, to “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD.” Do you feel a calling on your life to serve God through instrumental and/or vocal music? Here at KMBC, we’re passionate about worship and have many opportunities for hands-on ministry. Whether your forte is worshiping in a small group setting, solo, or in a choir, KMBC can help you reach your musical potential.

The Music Department is focused on preparing men and women to meet the demands for trained leadership in worship and other music-related ministries. This program will provide the student with a philosophy of music ministry, knowledge of music theory, and the development of certain skills required to minister effectively through music. In addition to the Music Ministry Program, a number of opportunities are provided for practical outreach experiences, including the KMBC choir and leading worship in local churches.

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KMBC Choir

Music Department Programs

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KMBC Choir

The Worship Pastor program is for students who wish to lead worship in a church setting. Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory, music ministry, and leadership skills to serve God and their congregations. In addition to classroom knowledge of music, students will have numerous opportunities for hands-on experience in leading worship. This will be through KMBC’s choir, singing groups (by audition), and leading worship on campus as well as in the community.

The Music Ministry program is designed for students who feel called to use their talents for God, but not necessarily in a church setting. Students will learn the fundamentals of music while applying special attention to their personal worship styles and skills. Opportunities for experience while in the program include choir, singing groups (by audition), and leading worship on campus and in the local community.

Program Overviews

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the Music Department, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as you enter into music ministry. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying music theory, various other music-based classes, and ministry related classes. For a complete list, check it out below.

“I have learned so much about the Bible, God, the church, community and myself through classes, chapels and living on campus.

Katie Jack, Class of 2017

Worship Ministry Program

Worship Ministry Program

  • Music Theory I

    Extensive study of all scales, intervals, chords, harmonic progression, harmonization, and cadences. Application of learning is made through composition projects and sight singing.


  • Music Theory II


    Elements of harmony studies with emphasis placed upon score analysis of hymns and major works. Activities include advanced sight singing, analyzing projects, and composition projects.

  • Conducting


    An intensive study and drill of congregation and choral techniques. Emphasis on beat patterns and methods of indicating meter, tempo, volume, and style.

  • Worship


    This course examines the biblical roots, historical development, theological meanings, and contemporary applications of worship. Emphasis is placed on leadership of public worship and the sacraments.

  • Survey of Church Music


    An introduction to the historical study, classification and utilization of music intended for Christian worship. The course surveys worship music beginning with the biblical era to the present.

  • Philosophy and Practice of Music Ministry


    An introduction to the organization, administration and leadership of music ministry in the local church giving special attention to the responsibilities of the worship leader, including the philosophical foundations of Christian music.

  • Applied Music


    Applied Voice
    In private culture special attention is given to breath control, placement of tone, articulation and interpretation. Students participate in radio programs and special performances.
    Applied Piano
    Private piano instruction includes emphasis on a thorough technical foundation by the use of standard exercise and classic works. Hymns are also studied from the standpoint of rhythm, pedaling, and pianistic execution.

  • Media Ministries


    This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-centered world. Media examined include video, audio,  desktop publishing, graphics, computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given to integrating these media with web technologies. The course assumes the student possesses a working knowledge of typing, word processing, internet navigation, and Windows.

  • Take your pick:


    Introduction to Christian Education
    This course emphasizes the biblical foundation of Christian education. Needs of the various age groups, current methods and approaches, curriculum and materials, organization and administration in the local church are practical aspects surveyed.
    Principles and Methods of Teaching
    This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching methods of Jesus.
    Discipleship
    A survey of the principles, content, method, and materials for directing the spiritual growth of new converts and preparing them for leadership. Emphasis is given to skill building and to program development within the local church.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.

  • English Grammar


    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.

  • English Composition


    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.

  • Physical Education


    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.

  • Introduction to Communications or Introduction to Sociology

    Introduction to Communication

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

    Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Basic Public Speaking


    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.

  • History of Civilization I & II


    The courses survey the history of civilization from ancient times to the modern period and focus on the religious, political and legal aspects of the ancient, medieval and modern world as seen from the Christian perspective.

  • General Psychology


    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.

  • Music Appreciation


    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.

  • Church History


    A survey of the development of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present with special attention being given to councils of the Church, medieval monasticism, the Protestant Reformation, Wesley and Pietism, and the North American church.

  • College Mathematics


    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.

  • English Literature


    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.

  • Marriage and Family


    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.

  • Earth Science


    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.

  • Introduction to Philosophy


    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey


    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.

  • Gospels


    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.

  • Pentateuch


    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.

  • Acts


    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.

  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles


    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.

  • Romans


    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.

  • Hebrews


    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.

  • Isaiah-Jeremiah


    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.

  • Biblical Studies Electives


    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith


    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.

  • Doctrines of Holiness


    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.

  • Theology Elective


    Choose from several excellent theology classes including the theology of prayer, systematic theology, the theology of John Wesley, cults, or take a survey of holiness literature.

Professional Studies Core

  • Church Administration


    This course focuses upon the administration in the local church and includes organization, leadership, staff relationship, volunteers, governing boards, short and long term planning, and crisis and time management within the structure of the local church.

  • Pastoral Counseling


    Focuses upon the basic concepts and techniques of Christian counseling. The student will develop broader understanding and a working knowledge of counseling skills in order to help people who have spiritual and life adjustment problems.

  • Introduction to Homiletics


    A general overview of the art and craft of preaching. Attention is given to the preacher, study helps, and sermon development.

  • Advanced Homiletics


    An advanced course in the principles of construction and delivery of sermons.

  • Pastoral Epistles


    A study of the Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus with emphasis on application to present pastoral ministry.

  • Pastoral Ministries


    This course is a practical study of the spiritual, intellectual, social, and professional life of the Christian ministers in relation to their responsibilities and duties as pastor. Emphasis is placed upon the shepherd as a model for pastoral ministries.

  • Evangelism


    This course provides an introduction to the biblical principles and practices of evangelism and discipleship and their applications to contemporary life.

  • Use of Technology in Bible Study


    In this course, students will learn valuable tools for using computer software in personal Bible study. Software currently utilized is the Logos Bible software.

  • Parliamentary Law


    The development of skills in the standard method of conducting and participating in business meetings is the focus of this course. Robert’s Rules of Order is the guidebook employed.

Music Ministry Program

Music Ministry Core

  • Music Theory I

    Extensive study of all scales, intervals, chords, harmonic progression, harmonization, and cadences. Application of learning is made through composition projects and sight singing.


  • Music Theory II


    Elements of harmony studies with emphasis placed upon score analysis of hymns and major works. Activities include advanced sight singing, analyzing projects, and composition projects.

  • Conducting


    An intensive study and drill of congregation and choral techniques. Emphasis on beat patterns and methods of indicating meter, tempo, volume, and style.

  • Worship


    This course examines the biblical roots, historical development, theological meanings, and contemporary applications of worship. Emphasis is placed on leadership of public worship and the sacraments.

  • Survey of Church Music


    An introduction to the historical study, classification and utilization of music intended for Christian worship. The course surveys worship music beginning with the biblical era to the present.

  • Philosophy and Practice of Music Ministry


    An introduction to the organization, administration and leadership of music ministry in the local church giving special attention to the responsibilities of the worship leader, including the philosophical foundations of Christian music.

  • Applied Music


    Applied Voice
    In private culture special attention is given to breath control, placement of tone, articulation and interpretation. Students participate in radio programs and special performances.
    Applied Piano
    Private piano instruction includes emphasis on a thorough technical foundation by the use of standard exercise and classic works. Hymns are also studied from the standpoint of rhythm, pedaling, and pianistic execution.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.

  • English Grammar


    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.

  • English Composition


    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.

  • Physical Education


    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.

  • Introduction to Communications or Introduction to Sociology

    Introduction to Communication

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

    Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Basic Public Speaking


    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.

  • History of Civilization I & II


    The courses survey the history of civilization from ancient times to the modern period and focus on the religious, political and legal aspects of the ancient, medieval and modern world as seen from the Christian perspective.

  • General Psychology


    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.

  • Music Appreciation


    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.

  • Church History


    A survey of the development of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present with special attention being given to councils of the Church, medieval monasticism, the Protestant Reformation, Wesley and Pietism, and the North American church.

  • College Mathematics


    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.

  • English Literature


    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.

  • Marriage and Family


    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.

  • Earth Science


    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.

  • Introduction to Philosophy


    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey


    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.

  • Gospels


    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.

  • Pentateuch


    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.

  • Acts


    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.

  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles


    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.

  • Romans


    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.

  • Hebrews


    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.

  • Isaiah-Jeremiah


    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.

  • Biblical Studies Electives


    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith


    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.

  • Doctrines of Holiness


    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.

  • Theology Elective


    Choose from several excellent theology classes including the theology of prayer, systematic theology, the theology of John Wesley, cults, or take a survey of holiness literature.

Christian Ministries Core

  • Choose One (1) Concentration:


    Students will complete 18 hours of coursework from one of four programs in our Christian Ministries Concentrations. The options are:

    • Ministerial
    • Discipleship/Christian Education
    • Missions
    • Communications

Other Required Classes

  • Evangelism

    This course provides an introduction to the biblical principles and practices of evangelism and discipleship and their applications to contemporary life.

  • Internship

    Students must complete a 2-4 credit hour internship that will be approved by the Registrar as well as the head of the music department.

  • Senior Seminar

    This course enables senior students to refine their biblical worldview and to demonstrate integration of accumulated learning regarding contemporary issues.

  • Electives

    Students must complete 2-4 credit hours of elective classes.

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Mr. Jay Wisler

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