Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Church Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Church Music program exists to equip leaders who glorify God through their service in music ministry. The four-year, 130-hour program achieves its purpose by providing comprehensive musical training and ministry experience to those students preparing for careers in music.

For all students, the program offers opportunity to develop a Biblical view of music and to foster their aesthetic sensibilities through enriching musical and cultural experiences.

In order to complete the degree in four years, it is recommended that all enrolled in the B.A. in Bible and Church Music program average 17-18 credits each semester (Fall/Winter, Spring/Summer).

The Church Music 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: Voice, Piano, Orchestral Instrument, or Composition

Program Learning 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
      1. demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in musical performance.
      2. evaluate music from a broad-based knowledge of musical styles, literature, history, and theory.
      3. communicate effectively a biblical approach to music in both personal and church life settings.
      4. facilitate individual and corporate worship.

Department Head

Dr. Peter Davis
Dr. Peter Davis
Dr. Peter Davis has earned Master’s degrees in both Bible and music and has a Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma – Norman. Dr. Davis has more than 30 years of teaching experience. He has a strong passion for training and mentoring musicians for the local church.

Program Requirements

Course # Name of Course Hours
MU__ Applied Music (Primary Proficiency)  16
MU__ Applied Music (Secondary Proficiency)  4
MU 096 Church Music Forum (eight semesters minimum)  0
MU 115 Fundamentals of Conducting  2
MU 121 Music Theory 1  3
MU 122 Music Theory 2  3
MU 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training 1 1
MU 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training 2 1
MU 151 Music Appreciation 2
MU 221 Music Theory 3  3
MU 222 Music Theory 4  3
MU 231 Sight Singing and Ear Training 3 1
MU 232 Sight Singing and Ear Training 4  1
MU 272 Choral Conducting  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 Church Music Field Study (Internship)
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
Performing Ensemble (eight semesters minimum)*  0


*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 enrolled in applied lessons.

All Bible and Church Music majors must pass freshman and sophomore platforms on their primary proficiency.

The Bible and Church Music degree includes two performance requirements, usually recitals presented during a student’s junior and senior years.

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 104 Hermeneutics
BI 111 Pentateuch 2
BI 122 Life of Christ 2
BI 212 Old Testament Historical Books 2
BI 221 Acts 2
TH 103 Dispensationalism 2
TH 301 Theology of God and Man 2
TH 302 Theology of Sin and Salvation 2
TH 401 Theology of the Bible, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit 3
TH 402 Theology of Angels, the Church, and Last Things 3
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theology Electives 6


Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 101 or EN 103 Introduction to College English or English Grammar and Composition 3
EN 102 or EN 104 College Compostion or English Composition 3
EN Elec Literature Elective 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 202 Personal Finance 3
OR 101 College Success 1
PH 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PS 201 General Psychology 3
SC 201 Fundamentals of Nutrition 4
SP 101  Fundamentals of Speech


Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 103 Fundamentals of Church Education 1
ED 152 Elements of Learning Styles 1
MI 104 A History of Global Missions 1
PR 114 Personal Evangelism and Discipleship 1
PR 154 Mentoring 1


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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