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Certificate in Music Ministry

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Do you have a passion for music and an interest in studying the role of music in worship and the life of a congregation? The Certificate in Music Ministry prepares you for leadership in the worship life of a congregation and in the use of music as a form of ministry outside of the church.

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Online and Intensive Courses Available $425 per Credit Hour with Student & Technology Fees Included Earn Up to 15 Credit Hours that can be Transferred into a Degree Program

 

A Certificate in Music Ministry will help you:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of the Bible and Christian theology
  • Reflect critically on the practice of music and its place in the worship life of the church
  • Develop an understanding of one’s ministry as a musician

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
 

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Introduction to New Testament
3
  Introduction to Theology* 3
  Congregational Song 3
  Music Ministry in the Local Church 3
 

Two of the following:

  • Sacred Music Colloquium 1: History of Church Music
  • Sacred Music Colloquium 2: Music and the Church Year
  • Sacred Music Colloquium 3
  • Sacred Music Colloquium 4
1

*You must complete either Introduction to Hebrew Bible or Introduction to New Testament before you can enroll in this course.

Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Hebrew Bible (BIBHB 500)
Introduction to the texts of the Hebrew Scriptures - Torah, Prophets, and Writings - with emphasis on the order and contents, cultural settings, literary forms, religious themes, and interpretive approaches.

Introduction to New Testament (BIBNT 500)
Introduction to the 27 New Testament documents in the light of historical-critical methodologies and more recent theories of interpretation, paying attention to background and content of these documents, principles of exegesis, and hermeneutical implications to the modern world.

Introduction to Theology (THEO 500)
This course will engage students in an exploration of their implicit theologies, traditions of the Church, and several theological methods with the goal of enabling them to become reflective theologians in multiple contexts. Prerequisite for this course is either Introduction to Hebrew Bible or Introduction to New Testament.

Congregational Song (LTRGY 665)
Analysis of congregational song in the context of worship, with special attention to patterns of worship, the church year, celebration of the sacraments, and the use of the Psalter.

Music Ministry in the Local Church (LTRGY 667)
The role of the church musician in the ministry of music, including congregational song, keyboard accompaniment, choral groups, and instrumental music. Integration of music into the liturgical, educational, and communal life of the church.

Sacred Music Colloquium 1: History of Church Music (LTRGY 670)
Provides a historical and theological overview of music in the church.

Sacred Music Colloquium 2: Music and the Church Year (LTRGY 671)
Explores the history and theology of the Christian year, with particular attention to its implications for the selection and practice of church music.

Sacred Music Colloquium 3 (LTRGY 672)
Explores the place and practice of global song in the contemporary Western church.

Sacred Music Colloquium 4 (LTRGY 673)
Explores how congregational song is shaped by the liturgical or denominational contexts of particular faith communities.

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

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UMC Professional Certification Track

Through the Certificate in Music Ministry UMC Professional Certification Track, you will earn both a Certificate in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical and complete the necessary academic courses set by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for their professional certification in music ministry. 

Course Requirements

  Course Title Credit Hours Per Course
 

One of the following:

  • Teaching for Biblical Faith
  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Introduction to New Testament
3
 

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Theology*
  • Theological Education in the Parish
3
  Congregational Song 3
  Music Ministry in the Local Church 3
 

One of the following denominational courses:

  • United Methodist History
  • United Methodist Doctrine
  • United Methodist Polity
  • United Methodist Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century
  • United Methodist Studies: 20th Century to the Present

United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity are 2 credit hours each

Both United Methodist Studies courses are 3 credit hours each

*You must complete either Introduction to Hebrew Bible or Introduction to New Testament before you can enroll in this course.

Please click here to view upcoming course schedules by semester.


 

Course Descriptions

Teaching for Biblical Faith (CE 502)
In this course, participants will engage critical, creative, liberative approaches to reading and teaching the Bible in communities of faith. We will explore reading strategies from the margins, particularly as articulated by racial/ethnic biblical scholarship. Synthesizing this exploration of critical methods of biblical interpretation with knowledge of developmental and learning theories, we will construct teaching strategies for Bible studies that would enliven transformative, transgressive biblical faith.

Introduction to Hebrew Bible (BIBHB 500)
Introduction to the texts of the Hebrew Scriptures--Torah, Prophets, and Writings--with emphasis on the order and contents, cultural settings, literary forms, religious themes, and interpretive approaches.

Introduction to New Testament (BIBNT 500)
Introduction to the 27 New Testament documents in the light of historical-critical methodologies and more recent theories of interpretation, paying attention to background and content of these documents, principles of exegesis, and hermeneutical implications to the modern world.

Introduction to Theology (THEO 500)
This course will engage students in an exploration of their implicit theologies, traditions of the Church, and several theological methods with the goal of enabling them to become reflective theologians in multiple contexts. Prerequisite for this course is either Introduction to Hebrew Bible or Introduction to New Testament.

Theological Education in the Parish (CE 606)
Examines the task of the pastor and educator as theological educators in the community of faith, relating theology and teaching methods for the life and mission of the church.

Congregational Song (LTRGY 665)
Analysis of congregational song in the context of worship, with special attention to patterns of worship, the church year, celebration of the sacraments, and the use of the Psalter.

Music Ministry in the Local Church (LTRGY 667)
The role of the church musician in the ministry of music, including congregational song, keyboard accompaniment, choral groups, and instrumental music. Integration of music into the liturgical, educational, and communal life of the church.

United Methodist History (DENOM 600)
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable about the origins of the Wesleyan tradition and its expressions in The United Methodist Church. It explores the roots of the movement in the Anglican Church and the Wesleyan Revival of the 18th century, and the history of the institutional and theological development of American Methodist/Evangelical United Brethren tradition through the beginning of the 21st century.

United Methodist Doctrine (DENOM 601)
This course is designed to make the student familiar with the theology of John Wesley by becoming familiar with his sermons, a doctrinal standard in the United Methodist Church. This will become a starting point for understanding Methodist theology in general, which is characterized by a theological method that seeks to contextualize the Christian faith in a connectional structure of the church.

United Methodist Polity (DENOM 602)
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to fulfill the learning goals described by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for fulfillment of the Polity requirement. We will focus on the broader ecology of the ecclesiological forms, governance configurations, membership and orders as they are expressions of the United Methodist expression of Christian mission. The student’s use and growing familiarity with the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions is an essential requirement and expectation of the course.

UM Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century (DENOM 603)
The foundational contribution of John Wesley to the history, doctrine, and polity of Methodism. The Methodist tradition in the U.S. through the 19th century.

UM Studies: 20th Century to Present (DENOM 604)
Developments within United Methodism, as related to the ecumenical movement, world mission, personal evangelism, and social justice. Evolution of polity, theology, and denominational structure.

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Garrett-Evangelical Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field

Garrett-Evangelical Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Submit resume
  • Request undergraduate/graduate transcripts be sent to Garrett-Evangelical

GBHEM Enrollment Process

  • Once you have received your acceptance letter from Garrett-Evangelical, download and complete the enrollment form from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) found here.
  • Send copies of your completed GBHEM enrollment form to your annual conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry and to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Certification in Specialized Ministry, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.

For more information about the admission requirements and/or application process, please visit our FAQs webpage or contact our Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or 847.866.3998.

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FAQs

Are there other requirements I need to meet for a UMC Professional Certification in Music Ministry?

Yes. While Garrett-Evangelical provides you with the course work, The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) sets the requirements for UMC Professional Certification, which is granted to you by your Board of Ordained Ministry. Download Requirements


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