Worship Leadership Minor - 21 Credits

Bachelor of Arts

Course Requirements

Both Voice Proficiency and Keyboard or Guitar Proficiency are required for this minor.

Additionally, the following courses are recommended to accompany this minor:

  • Psalms (for Bible Elective)
  • Music History I or Church History I or II (for History Elective)
  • Technology in the Church (for technology elective)
  • Worship Keyboard or Worship Guitar
  • Applied Voice


MU103 Music Theory I 3 hours

This course will include studies in triad structure, inversions, voice leading, phrase structure, harmonic progressions, harmonization techniques, and non-harmonic tones.

MU102 Music Fundamentals
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test or consent of instructor.

Offered every fall.

MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I 1 hour

Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.

MU102 Music Fundamentals
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test.

Offered every fall.

MU104 Music Theory II 3 hours

A continuation of Theory I with emphasis on four-part writing for choral groups.

MU103 Music Theory I

Offered every spring.

MU106 Sight-Singing and Ear Training II 1 hour

A continuation of MU105.

MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I

Offered every spring.

WL205 Music Literature for Worship 3 hours

A survey of music literature for use in ministry, including music for congregation and church ensembles. Includes a survey of the historical development of congregational song, and music expressions of worship from world cultures. Focuses on sources for acquiring worship resources.

WL102 Introduction to Worship Leadership 1 hour

Introductory survey of worship ministry. Topics include the calling of a worship leader; current leadership and ministry practices; an introduction to worship planning; and survey of biblical and historical foundations of worship, overview of the OCU Worship Leadership program, including typical career opportunities.

TH325 Biblical Foundations of Worship 2 hours

A biblical understanding of who God is, and how He has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed. The course will focus on implications for worship ministries in the local church.

WL301 Junior Worship Project 0 hours

Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.

Corequisite: Worship Planning Practicum Ensemble Leadership Practicum Worship Leader Internship

Worship Leadership Forum

Worship Leadership Forum is required each semester.


Four (4) credits of ensemble are required. Two (2) of these credits must be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale. The remaining two (2) credits can be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale, MU140 University Band, or small ensembles.

Worship Leadership Electives - 3 Credits

Worship Leadership Practicum Electives (1 hour each), Conducting Elective (MU212 Choral Conducting or MU375 Instrumental Conducting - 2 hours), or Internship Hour (on approval).