Sacred Music Program

If you sense the Lord leading you to use your musical talents in a church ministry, consider this program. It helps you develop a Biblical music philosophy and prepares you to lead congregational singing, choirs, and vocal and instrumental ensembles. You will be a great asset to any church whether you serve as a full-time or a volunteer worker. Students may choose to add a music minor to a Local Church Ministries or Assistant Pastor program.

Core Courses in the Sacred Music Program

• Music Theory I, II, III, IV
• Music History I, II
• Elementary Conducting
• Advanced Conducting
• Church Music Administration
• Choral Methods
• Instrumental Ensemble Methods

• Hymnology
• Sacred Choral Literature
• Choral Writing and Arranging
• Music Internship
• Applied Lessons
• Ensemble

Areas of Proficiency
All music majors are required to have both a primary and secondary applied music proficiency. The primary proficiency will be voice, piano, organ, or an orchestral instrument. The secondary proficiency will be determined by the student's primary proficiency as follows:







Orchestral Instrument


Music Application
If you desire to enter one of the music programs, you will need to submit an additional music application form, have an audition before one of the Music Department faculty, and take the Music Theory Diagnostic Test before final acceptance into the program. Contact the Admissions Office or the Music Department for details.


Musical talent is a gift from God, which the Christian should develop and use for His glory. The Music Ministry programs at Faith help the student to formulate a Biblical philosophy of music and ministry. They are designed to hone those skills that will enable the student to provide excellent spiritual and musical leadership in a local church or a Christian school. A student may choose to major in Sacred Music, Music Education (K-8, 5-12, or both), or add a music ministries emphasis to a program in the Local Church Ministries or the Assistant Pastor.

So why should you choose one of the music programs at this school? If you have an insatiable passion for God and music ministry, either in the local church or the Christian school, you will graduate from Faith having received a strong Biblical and musical foundation from highly qualified faculty members who love God, love their subject matter, love their students, and love to impart their excitement, knowledge, and wisdom to their students. These qualities are the hallmarks of educational experience worth pursuing for the glory of God.


Dr. Van Hooser has devoted his life to vocal and choral music. He combines a strong academic background with extensive ministry experience to enable him to lead
Faith's Music Ministries Department with excellence. Dr. Van Hooser directs the Faith Chorale, leads the annual Chorale tour, and periodically plans an extended European tour. As department chair, he also oversees the Music Education programs. Dr. Van Hooser and his family are active members of Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines.

• B.S.M., Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania
• B.S., Bob Jones University
• M.A., Bob Jones University
• Post-graduate work in choral conducting and methods, Westminster Choir College
• Eastman School of Music
• D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music

Teaching and Ministry Experience
• Graduate assistant, Bob Jones University
• Choral Director/Performer, The Proclaimers, Inc.,
• Instructor, Appalachian Bible College, Bradley, West Virginia,
• Part-time Minister of Music, Bible Center Church
• Part-time Minister of Music, Daniels Bible Church, Daniels, West Virginia
• Associate Professor, Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania
• Part-time Minister of Music, Heritage Baptist Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
• Part-time Minister of Music, Forestville Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College

Advanced Conducting
Choral Methods
Elementary Conducting
Music and Worship
Sacred Choral Literature

Contact Dr. Van Hooser to learn more about the Music Ministries Department at Faith.

R. Irving Van Hooser,
Chair of the Department
of Music Ministries

964.0601 ext. 248

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Dr. Dougherty came to Faith in 2003 with a strong academic and ministry background in music. He focuses on the instrumental program at Faith, leading the chapel orchestra and the Faith Community Orchestra. He also directs the Music Education program. In addition to his work at Faith, Dr. Dougherty is the director of Artisans in Brass, a brass ensemble that ministers in churches and public events. Dr. Dougherty and his family are active members of Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny.

• B.A., Piedmont Bible College
• North Carolina School of the Arts
• M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Post-graduate work in Music Education and Conducting, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching and Ministry Experience
• Instructor, Piedmont Bible College
• Director of Christian Service, Piedmont Bible College
• Professor of Music, Piedmont Bible College
• Interim and full-time Minister of Music, Triad Baptist Church, Kernersville, North Carolina
 • Adjunct Faculty, Piedmont Bible College
• Part-time Minister of Music, Twin City Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
• Graduate Assistant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Founder and director, Artisans in Brass
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College

Brass methods
Chapel Orchestra
Concert Band/Orchestra
Instrumental Ensemble Methods
Instrumental Lessons
Music Appreciation
Music in the Elementary Classroom
Teaching Elementary Music
Teaching Secondary Music

Contact Dr. Dougherty about the Music Education program at Faith.


George Dougherty IV, D.M.A.

964.0601 ext. 364

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Ministry Opportunities

Churches today are looking for men and women who can lead a music program that honors Christ and leads people to worship Him. This program equips you to lead adult and children's choirs as well as vocal and instrumental ensembles. Whether you are serving on the church staff or as a volunteer music leader, you will be able to lead a quality music program. The strong Biblical foundation of this degree prepares you to lead a music program that honors Christ..

Courses in the Sacred Music Program

M-MU 101 Music Theory I (3) A thorough study of music fundamentals including pitch notation, clefs, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads and their inversions, rhythmic notation, and beginning four-part vocal writing.  The study of intervallic and melodic dictation and sight-singing (solfeggio) are also included. Time is spent encouraging students to develop a Biblical standard of music for their personal lives.

M-MU 102 Music Theory II (3) A review of primary triads and their inversions, the study of secondary triads, their inversions, melodic harmonization, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and writing for the piano. Common-practice period writing is analyzed. Aural skills (sight-singing, dictation) and keyboard proficiency skills will also be continued. Prerequisite: M-MU 101 Music Theory I

M-MU 201 Music Theory III (3) A study of seventh chords and diatonic modulation, secondary dominants, chromatic modulation, borrowed chords, and the Neapolitan. Extensive study of aural skills, analysis, and sight-singing continue. Prerequisite: M-MU 102 Music Theory II

M-MU 202 Music Theory IV (3) A study of additional modulation techniques, augmented sixth chords, modes, impressionist techniques, and 20th century harmonic techniques. Continued development of aural skills is stressed, with a strong emphasis on analysis, sight-singing, and dictation. The student will also produce three original compositions. Prerequisite: M-MU 201 Music Theory III

M-MU 203 Music History I (3) A survey of the historical development of Western art music from ancient civilizations through the Baroque era, within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Offered alternate years.

M-MU 204 Music History II (3) A survey of the historical development of Western art music from the pre-classical era to the present, within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: M-MU 203 Music History I

M-MU 303 Elementary Conducting (3) An introduction to basic conducting techniques (patterns, fermatas, releases, cues) for choral and instrumental groups. Application of conducting skills to achieve a desired style, mood, tempo. dynamics, and interpretation is also covered. Score preparation is discussed. Offered alternate years.

M-MU 304 Advanced Conducting (3) A continuation of Elementary Conducting (M-MU 303), designed to sharpen the skills already acquired and to develop an ability to communicate the more subtle nuances of music through stylistic conducting. Rehearsal and platform procedures and advanced score preparation are discussed. Exposure to instrument conducting will be given. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: M-MU 303 Elementary Conducting

M-MU 305 Church Music Administration (3) Instruction to help music leaders and pastors in organizing and administering the total church music program. The formulation of a Scriptural philosophy of sacred music is emphasized. Offered alternate years.

M-MU 307 Music Philosophy Seminar (0) A 3-4 week course primarily for Music Education majors. It covers analysis and discussion of sacred music philosophies with a view to formulating a Scriptural philosophy of sacred music. Class is graded on a pass/fail basis. Offered alternate years.

M-MU 308 Choral Methods (3) A study of choral methods and materials for all choirs (children through adult). Choral programming is also discussed.

M-MU 312 Instrumental Ensemble Methods (3) Practical training in the development and leadership of instrumental ensembles in the church and school. Instrumental ranges, transpositions, and timbres are emphasized, along with methods and materials for ensembles and soloists.

M-MU 400 Music Internship (0) An in-service course in cooperation with local churches. The student works with an established minister of music and/or pastor to gain practical experience throughout an entire school year or summer. Prerequisite: the first 3 years of the Music Ministries Program

M-MU 406 Sacred Choral Literature (2) A survey of sacred choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. Through listening and analysis, stylistic features of works are observed and discussed. Prerequisite: M-MU 203 and 204 Music History I and II

M-MU 411 Hymnology (3) A historical study of the origins, development, and purposes of hymns of the Christian faith. Popular current hymnals are examined and analyzed. Offered alternate years.

M-MU 412 Choral Writing and Arranging (2) Teaches techniques for writing and arranging choral music for various voice combinations. Prior knowledge of music theory and music history will enable the student to write with stylistic consistency, considering the character of the musical material. Prerequisite: M-MU 202 Music Theory IV.

Ensemble (M-MU)
Ensemble participation is required for those with a music major or emphasis. All ensembles are taken for credit at no additional charge. All participants must commit to the high standards of the group (including the year-long commitment), whether the course is taken for credit or not.

M-MU 121, 122 Chorale (1 per semester) An organization of approximately 40 voices selected after audition before the choral faculty. Acceptability based upon good voice quality and musicianship (with a high priority on sight-reading). Exposure is given to varied types and styles of sacred choral literature. All members make a year-long commitment to the organization and participate in the Christmas concert, spring tour, spring concert, commencement activities, and a limited number of weekend performances before credit is given.

M-MU 125, 126 Handbell Ensemble (1 per semester) An organization of students selected after audition before the music faculty. Acceptability is based upon ability to read music well, along with good rhythmic skills. Ensemble members make a year-long commitment and participate in all scheduled events.

M-MU 127, 128 Concert Band/Orchestra (1 per semester) Open to all students on the basis of audition. Members make a year-long commitment and are involved in chapel, Bible and Missions conferences, Christmas concert, spring concert, commencement activities, and a limited number of ministry assignments, on and off campus, throughout the year.

Applied Lessons (M-MA)
Music lessons are given to those who are in the Music Ministries program or who have an emphasis in music ministries. Others who desire private lessons should confer with the music faculty before registering for lessons. All applied lessons students are required to practice 5-8 hours per week for each 25-30 minute lesson.
M-MA 060, 061 Piano Class (1) A course of 2 to 5 students for the beginning piano player. Easy keyboard technique and scales are studied. After achieving a satisfactory level of facility, private piano lessons are allowed. Offered upon demand. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission

M-MA 151 Voice Class (1) A basic study in the applied art of singing with special emphasis on a music ministry. The fundamentals of vocal production including posture, breathing, tone, quality, and diction are stressed. Sacred and standard repertoire are used. Offered upon demand. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission

M-MA 161, 162 Piano (1) Private instruction that enables students to develop and refine piano playing skills. Students study classical and sacred music, as well as technique and music theory. Prerequisite: Piano audition and instructor's permission

M-MA 171, 172 Organ (1) Private instruction offering training as a church organist. Sacred and standard music for the instrument are studied to develop techniques needed for service playing, accompaniment, and registration. Prerequisite: Fourth-grade level piano ability, proficiency in major and minor scales, technical studies, sonatas and hymn stylings plus instructor's permission

M-MA 181, 182 Voice (1) Private instruction guiding the student in the development of legitimate singing skills for a ministry of spiritual song. An attitude of sacred stewardship is cultivated in the care and proper use of the voice with attention given to posture, breathing, tone production, agility, diction, phrasing, and poise as aids to effectively communicating spiritual truth in song.

M-MA 191, 192 Instrument (1) Private instruction on an orchestral/band instrument with a view to its use in Christian ministry. Hymn and gospel song stylings and standard repertoire are used to develop the student's skills. Prerequisite: Audition and instructor's permission


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