Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Church Music 2017-06-22T16:10:45+00:00

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Church Music

The Christian Service Major is designed for student who desire to complete a four-year, 133-hour program of study that prepares them for ministry roles in a variety of church-related vocations. This program also serves as a preparation for seminary or graduate school of studies.

The program includes classroom instruction, private lessons, and group participation. The curriculum consists of courses in music theory, ear training and sight singing, music history, hymnology, conducting, congregational songleading, and primary and secondary performance proficiency.

The mission of the Music Department at IBC is to equip students to glorify God by serving in a local church in teaching, performing, writing, and arranging music and administrating music programs.

Program Outcomes

Students enrolled in the Church Music program will:

  1. have an understanding and appreciation of the historical background of the Western culture of music,
  2. have an understanding and appreciation of the historical background of the international body of Protestant hymnody,
  3. have a working knowledge in the historical “common practice” period of music theory (from the late Baroque through the late Romantic periods), and an acquaintance with early music practice and twentieth century techniques, and
  4. have the ability to perform proficiently on one or more instruments.

Department Head

Pastor Nathan Mestler
Pastor Nathan MestlerTheology, Bible Languages
A 2003 graduate of International Baptist College, Pastor Nathan Mestler serves as a Bible professor at his alma mater. He has also earned an M.Div. from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary and is finishing his Th.M. He is currently serving both in the AZ Air National Guard as a Chaplain, and at Tri-City Baptist Church as a College Pastor.


Program Rotation

Course # Name of Course Hours
MU__ Applied Music (Primary Proficiency)  6
MU__ Applied Music (Secondary Proficiency)  2
MU096 Church Music Forum (**six semesters minimum)  0
MU 115 Fundamentals of Conducting  2
MU 121 Music Theory 1  3
MU 122 Music Theory 2  3
MU 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training 1  2
MU 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training 2  2
MU 151 Music Appreciation  2
MU 301 Introduction to Computer Music Notation  2
MU 373 Music Field Study  1
MU 381 Church Music Administration 1  2
MU 382 Church Music Administration 2  2
MU 421 Philosophy of Music  2
MU 452 Hymnology  2
MU 471 Congregational Songleading  1
Church Music Electives  6
Performing Ensemble (**six semesters minimum)  0


Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 102 Hermeneutics 2
BI 111 Pentateuch 2
BI 122 Life of Christ 2
BI 212 Old Testament Historical Books 2
BI 221 Acts 2
TH 101 Theology of God and Man 2
TH 102 Theology of Sin and Salvation 2
TH 103 Dispensationalism 2
TH 201 Theology of the Bible, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit 3
TH 202 Theology of Angels, the Church, and Last Things 3
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theology Electives 6


Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 101 English Grammar and Composition 3
EN 102 English Composition 3
EN 211 or EN 212 British Literature or American Literature 3
HI 101 History of Civilization 1 3
HI 102 History of Civilization 2 3
HI 211 Baptist History 1 2
HI 212 Baptist History 2 2
MA 101 or MA 201 or MA 203 College Math or Business Math or Calculus 3
OR 101 College Success 1
PH 201 or PH 231 Introduction to Philosophy or Comparative Religions 3
PS 201 or SO 301 General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology 3
SC 102 or SC 103 Introduction to Life Science or Introduction to Physical Science 4
SC 201 Fundamentals of Nutrition 4
SO 201 Research Methods 3
SP 101  Fundamentals of Speech 1  3


Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 103 Fundamentals of Church Education 1
MI 103 Fundamentals of Missions 1
PR 111 Personal Evangelism 1
PR 113 Discipleship 1
PR 151 or PR 152 Mentoring and Leadership or The Biblical Follower 1
BI/SC 214 Science and the Bible 2
HI 332 History of American Fundamentalism 2


At least 11 hours of General Elective courses must be completed. The student should consult his or her advisor regarding the choice of specific courses.


Student Spotlight

Myles Yarnell

Myles Yarnell

“Since graduating from IBCS, I have completed a ten-week internship with Pastor Mike Redick in Southeast Asia. In August of 2015, I also married my beautiful wife, Mariah. I began working as the youth director at Victory Baptist Church in Montrose, CO at the beginning of 2016, and have been able to take a few teens with me back the to the mission field in Southeast Asia. As a youth director, I use the training I received from IBCS on a daily basis. I plan, prepare, and teach Sunday School to the senior high class, preach Wednesday nights, give a once a month challenge for our Sunday night teen activity, give challenges for two or more activities a month, and preach in chapels at our local Christian school. I also counsel and have multiple weekly Bible studies with the teens. I am constantly reflecting back to the training and mentoring IBCS gave me.”

Your Future

Potential Careers Include:

  • Bible Teacher
  • Camp Ministry Leader
  • Church Administrator
  • Church Planter
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary  

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