Christian Music Education Studies

John Anthony

John Anthony

Division Director

The Music Division trains in the arena of the arts.  As a music student, you will be prepared for ministry through finely-tuned music skills.  Music is a medium used to worship the Lord, to encourage and edify believers, and to minister to people in need. 

There is no universal language used to share the Good News of Jesus Christ more than music!  At Penn View Bible Institute we share the Gospel with a needy world through excellent ministries of music.  We have a deep commitment to a conservative music worship style.  We train our students to be effective leaders in music ministry NOW!  Due to the ever rising concern for quality music in our churches, camp meetings, and Christian Schools, the need for prepared conservative musicians is very great.

Our Music Division is dedicated to giving a quality music program in both Christian Music and Christian Music Education.  Music majors train under qualified music instructors to gain the level of expertise in their specified field of music study.  Before they leave our halls they will have had the experience of teaching both in private lessons and in the music class room.  Through a variety of musical experiences and theories, the music student will discover how his music ministry will impact this world for the Kingdom.  If you are serious about training for a music ministry, we are serious about you.  Come and join us!

Music Education Requirements

Program Objectives

In keeping with the Institutional Goals, the Christian Music Education Program is designed specifically:

1. Create a philosophy of music that is founded on Biblical principles.

2. Articulate a biblical philosophy of music ministry and demonstrate the musical and leadership abilities requisite for music ministry.

3. Effectively teach music at the elementary, middle, and high school level by selecting appropriate materials and music, planning course outcomes and activities, presenting course content, and evaluating course outcomes.

4. Be able to accurately read, analyze, and create music.

5. Achieve appropriate proficiency on their major and minor instruments and demonstrate the ability to teach piano or voice effectively in a private lesson setting.

Course Requirements are as follows (Total 136 Hours)

General Education, 31 hours, consisting of:
History of Western Civilization, 6 hours; English, 6 hours; General Psychology, 3 hours; Speech Communication, 3 hours; Literature Electives, 3 hours; Educational Psychology, 3 hours; Introduction to Christian Education, 3 hours; Introduction to Philosophy, 3 hours; College Study Skills, 1 hour.

Bible/Theology, 30 hours, consisting of:
Bible Survey, 6 hours; Gospels, 6 hours; Pentateuch I, 3 hours; Acts, 3 hours; Christian Beliefs, 3 hours; Theology of Holiness, 3 hours; Romans, 3 hours; Music in the Bible, 3 hours.

Professional Education, 75 hours, consisting of:
Music Theory, 12 hours; Applied Major, 9 hours; Applied Minor, 4 hours; Introduction to Music Literature, 3 hours; Music History, 6 hours; Hymnology, 2 hours; Church Music Administration, 3 hours; Principles and Advanced Conducting, 4 hours; Music Organization, 6 hours; Teaching Elementary & Junior High Music, 3 hours; Teaching Secondary Music, 3 hours; Choral Methods, 3 hours, Music Student Teaching, 8 hours; Percussion & Brass Pedagogy, 3 hours; String & Woodwind Pedagogy, 3 hours; Pedagogies, 6 hours, as follows: (The Pedagogies must be related to Major and Minor instruments.)

  • Piano Majors: Piano Pedagogy & Literature, 3 hours; Service Playing & Accompaniment, 3 hours.
  • Voice Majors: Voice Pedagogy & Literature, 3 hours
  • Other Majors may choose either the Piano or the Voice Pedagogy.

A formal recital, arranged with the music department, is required.

Those who do not pass a Music Theory qualifying examination must take MU 100 Elements of Music. MU 100 is not applicable toward the Advanced Diploma in Music.
Music students are required to be involved in a Music Organization or special assignment every semester they are on the Music Program. Placement will be determined by the Music Director

The Christian Music Education major must demonstrate superior ability in one area of music performance and will take instruction in this field every semester. This performance proficiency may be Voice, Piano, Organ, or one of the Standard Orchestral Instruments. Vocalists and instrumentalists must elect piano as their applied minor until they are able to pass the secondary piano examination. A public recital must be given during the senior year. A student must pass the theory entrance exam or make up the deficiency in course MU100 Elements of Music. The student must also prepare for an audition in their major instrument to present before the Music Faculty before entering into this program.

Normally, MU481 Music Student Teaching (8 hours) is taken the Fall term after the fourth year.

Suggested Schedule

(beginning even-numbered fall)