The Church Pianist

Program Purpose

The church pianist is one of the most essential elements of a church’s music program. The Church Pianist major is designed to train pianists to use their piano skills effectively in the various aspects of music ministry, especially in the local church. Specific focus is given to prelude and postlude, congregational hymn playing, and accompaniment (vocal, choral, and instrumental) as well as playing for more specific functions such as weddings and funerals. The church pianist major must pass major platform evaluations in piano proficiency.

Program Overview

132 Credit Hours


55 Credit Hours

Bible and Theology

46 Credit Hours


5 Credit Hours

General Education

15 Credit Hours

Church Education

16 Credit Hours

Key Courses

MUS 225, 226 | 1 Credit Hours Each

 An introduction to congregational hymn playing with a focus on the pianist’s attitude, etiquette, song selection, preludes, and…

MUS 325, 326 | 1 Credit Hours Each

Hymn playing techniques are advanced with a focus on right hand patterns and transposing hymns. Instruction is given in the area of…

MUS 106 | 2 Credit Hours

This course is designed to assist the student in establishing a biblical perspective of music, both in the personal realm and in…

MUS 201, 202 | 2 Credit Hours Each

Fundamentals of music, basic harmonic progressions, and elementary keyboard harmony.

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