The Church Pianist

“The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music.” – Jonathan Edwards

Program Purpose

The church pianist is one of the most essential elements of a local church music program. The purpose of the church pianist major is to raise up church pianists to use their piano skills effectively in the many and varied aspects of music ministry, especially in the local church. This major seeks to equip the pianist for preservice and post-service playing, congregational hymn playing, choir accompaniment, special music accompaniment (vocal and instrumental), as well as playing for more specific functions, such as weddings, funerals, or special emphasis services or events. 

Program Overview

132 Credit Hours


55 Credit Hours

Bible and Theology

46 Credit Hours


5 Credit Hours

Church Education

16 Credit Hours

General Education

15 Credit Hours

Primary Instructors

Dr. Paul Reed

Leanna York

John Reed

Key Courses

The Church
Pianist I & II

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…

The Church
Pianist III & IV

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…

Biblical Philosophy of Music

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…

Music Theory I & II

MUS 201, 202 | 2 Credit Hours Each

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

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