What is it about the CCU music and worship program that sets it apart? Here are Ten Unique Qualities that prepare you for Life in the Real World of Music and Worship:
1. Music Theory. We call our music theory courses Practical Theory. Isn’t that an oxymoron, to have “theory” that is “practical?” But it comes with this promise: You will not be held accountable for anything that you won’t actually need in the real world. . . . 2. Methods._ Our program is designed to ensure that every graduate knows how to play and how to teach others, in the disciplines of voice, keys, guitar, and drums. . . . 3. Flexible Lessons. After you have developed basic musical skills, we invite you to take private music lessons in whatever areas you want. You can pair up with whoever is the best in the city at doing what you want to do, and say, “Can you teach me to do that?” . . . 4. Worship Environment. We meet every week to worship as a department, leading one another to the heart of God. All music ensembles are worship ensembles, and our chapels, outreach and concerts are all worship events. . . . 5. Employability. We find that most of our graduates already have positions lined up before they graduate. And they tend to stay in the ministry longer than most. . . . 6. Technology. Every student uses an iPad or iPhone with apps, rather than to buy books. So from the beginning, we are creating and learning music in a digital context. You might even choose to focus on the technology track and become a worship tech director. . . . 7. Know and Be Known. We make it a priority to speak into your life, to advise and coach, and to partner you with mentors who will bring you to the particular place that God has planned for you. . . . 8. Music AND Worship. We do not offer a music degree, and we don’t offer a worship degree. We cover both theology and practice, both Bible and music, with balance and rigor. . . . 9. Preparing Two Kinds of Three Kinds of Musicians. (Or is that three kinds of two kinds of musicians?) Some read notes/some do not. Some are classical artists/others are pop artists. And some are chord-oriented, while others are melody-driven. . . . 10. The Teaching Church. This is the best part of all! Our program is built around experts who are doing the things we talk about in the classroom. If you join the teaching church program, you visit multiple churches and then settle in at one of them, being mentored and discipled by someone who is doing what you want to become. For 3 1/2 years, you do a residency under that person and in that church.