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, 122-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 15-16 credits each semester.

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 sightsinging, music history, hymnology, conducting, congregational songleading, and primary performance proficiency.

Proficiencies include voice, piano, the standard orchestral instruments, 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

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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