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Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Church Music


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

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

Proficiencies include: Strings, Piano, Woodwinds and Brass

Program Outcomes


Through the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Church Music program, IBCS seeks to:

  1. Instill knowledge, discernment, and wisdom so that the IBCS student may be able to critically read, write, and reason within a culturally and philosophically diverse society,
  2. Cultivate a genuine love for God and mankind through a dependent relationship with the Holy Spirit that demonstrates itself by living and ministering like Christ daily,
  3. Prepare disciples to be theologically committed and culturally conversant while engaging, evangelizing, and educating others, and
  4. Disciple Christian musicians who demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in musical performance; evaluate music from a broad-based knowledge of musical styles, literature, history, and theory;  communicate effectively a biblical approach to music in both personal and church life settings and facilitate individual and corporation worship.

Department Head

Dr. Michael Bryson
Dr. Michael BrysonChurch Music
Michael S. Bryson earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano from California State University, East Bay, a Master’s degree in church music (composition and choral conducting) from Bob Jones University, and a DMA in composition from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. He teaches classes in music theory and conducting. He also ministers as church pianist for Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ, where he accompanies worship and writes music for a congregation of over 500.

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Program Rotation

Course # Name of Course Hours
MU__ Applied Music (Primary Proficiency)  6
MU__ Applied Music (Secondary Proficiency)  2
MU 096 Church Music Forum (**8 semesters minimum)  0
MU 115 Fundamentals of Conducting  2
MU 121 Music Theory 1  3
MU 122 Music Theory 2  3
MU 221 Music Theory 3  3
MU 222 Music Theory 4  3
MU 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training 1  2
MU 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training 2  2
MU 231 Sight Singing and Ear Training 3  2
MU 272 Choral Conducting  2
MU 232 Sight Singing and Ear Training 4  2
MU 151 Music Appreciation  2
MU 301 Introduction to Computer Music Notation  2
MU 351 History of Music 1  3
MU 352 History of Music 2  3
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  2
Performing Ensemble (**8 semesters minimum)*

 

 0

TOTAL HOURS: 66

*Each Bible and Church Music major must participate in both MU 096 Church Music Forum and a college performing ensemble each semester in which he or she enrolls in applied lessons.

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

TOTAL HOURS: 30

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

TOTAL HOURS: 43

Course # Name of Course Hours
PR 111 Personal Evangelism 1
PR 113 Discipleship 1
PR 151 or PR 152 Mentoring and Leadership or The Biblical Follower 1
PS 412 Biblical Counseling 2
 PS 423 Family and Marriage 2

TOTAL HOURS: 7

Student Spotlight


Elizabeth Rendon

Elizabeth Rendon

“I was able to go back to Mexico for two years after graduating from IBCS. I served in my home church Sublime Gracia (Amazing Grace Baptist) as a music and youth leader. I became involved in the community by teaching piano and voice at three different music academies in the city of Tijuana. I was part of a National Organization called REDES 2025 helping children and teens from low-income families succeed in life through music. Seeing what unsaved people are willing to do to reach others through music was eye opening. Through my experience working at REDES 2015, I developed a music program at out church where anybody could take music lessons for free so that they could serve God through music. This program is still running at my church. Now, I am serving at Tri-City Christian Academy as a Spanish Teacher and pursuing a Masters of Education at IBCS.“

Your Future


Potential Careers Include:

  • K-12 music teacher
  • Band/choir/orchestra director in a private school or a public school
  • Music studio teacher
  • Church musician

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