Bachelor of Music (BM)

Do you love music and have a passion for ministry?

Weimar is the place for you.

Music, rightly employed, is a precious gift of God, designed to uplift the thoughts to high and noble themes, to inspire and elevate the soul.

Ellen G. White

Weimar’s Music Department exists to nurture a new generation of Christian musicians who seek to fulfill the Gospel commission. Here, students receive a strong Biblical foundation in a service-oriented environment that upholds academic excellency and artistic distinction. While pursuing your music studies at Weimar, you will be exposed to music that seeks to promote mental, physical, and spiritual health in the life of mankind.

Weimar’s Music Program is unique in many ways:

  • Centered in mission and service.
  • Approaches the study of music from a Biblical, Christ-centered worldview.
  • Equips students with an entrepreneurial mindset to prepare them for life beyond the classroom.
  • Provides students with local and international performance opportunities where the healing power of music can be experienced first-hand.
  • Seeks to nurture students individually by faculty that is caring and knowledgeable.


  • Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies
  • Bachelor of Music in Ministry and Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition

Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts

The Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts consists of a flexible track that allows students to explore different aspects of music and other related subjects by engaging in a substantial number of elective courses.

Students enrolled in this emphasis take all the core music courses, participate in performing ensembles, engage in private lessons, and perform a senior recital. However, due to its flexible nature, the Musical Arts track gives students room for 18 to 25 elective credits. These elective credits can be taken in any field the student desires, such as business, religion, sciences, and, of course, music.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

If you want to change the world, you must do it through education. Regarding the educational work, Ellen White says,

“It is the nicest work ever assumed by men and women to deal with youthful minds.”

If you would like to shape developing minds through the study of music, this is the track for you. The Bachelor of Music in Music Education will prepare you to engage in the work of music education as an elementary music teacher, choir director, orchestra director, or band director. Especially tailored education courses and practical application opportunities will prepare you to raise up the next generation of leaders through the most wonderful work ever given to mankind.

Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies

The Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies investigates the areas in which theology and music intersect. It seeks to provide music students with a deep Biblical foundation and artistic excellence, preparing them to serve as music ministers, pastors, or scholars. Students who pursue this degree will be ready for graduate work in the areas of music or theology.

While pursuing this degree, students will take all the core music courses while participating in performing ensembles, engaging in private lessons, and presenting a senior recital. Students may also take composition lessons in their junior and senior years.

Along with the music courses, students will also be fully involved in the Religion department, taking almost forty credits of religion courses, which include Public Evangelism (RELP 370), Christian Apologetics and Worldviews (RELT 388), Cross Cultural Mission (RELM 327), and others.

Bachelor of Music in Ministry and Entrepreneurship

Have you ever aspired to lead a music ministry that pierces the hearts of an audience with spiritual truth? The BM in Ministry and Entrepreneurship at Weimar University will give you the tools to guide you in making your dream a reality.

By pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Ministry and Entrepreneurship, you will gain artistic excellence and prepare yourself to serve the Lord through the ministry of Music.

While pursuing the Ministry and Entrepreneurship track, you will take all the core music classes, deeply engage in the study of their performance medium (vocal or instrumental), participate in performing ensembles, take specific courses that support artistic development and excellence, and put all your skills to work through different performance opportunities and the presentation of a senior recital.

Bachelor of Music in Composition

According to Ellen White, “…many a song is prayer.” Is your desire to promote a more profound worship experience through the creation of new music that elevates God, touches the heart of the performers and listeners, and creates an environment of reverence and awe? At Weimar University you will be able to refine your compositional craft and use it for the glory of God.

The Bachelor of Music in Composition has as its goal the formation of a new generation of composers who can furnish the church with music that adheres to the values of a Seventh-Day Adventist worldview. While pursuing your music studies at Weimar, you will explore different ethical values associated with certain music styles, deeply engage in the study of music theory and its compositional aspects, participate in performing ensembles, take private instrumental and composition lessons, and present a final senior recital of your own original pieces.


Example of Coursework for BM in Worship Studies

General Education Requirements46
Major Field of Concentration79
CompetencyPiano Proficieny Exam
Total credits for BM in Worship Studies128
Required Courses:
Music Theory 13MUSC 141
Music Theory 23MUSC 142
Music Theory 33MUSC 241
Music Theory 43MUSC 242
Ear Training Lab 11MUSC 151
Ear Training Lab 21MUSC 152
Ear Training Lab 31MUSC 251
Ear Training Lab 41MUSC 252
Music History 13MUSC 446
Music History 23MUSC 447
Music History 33MUSC 448
Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship3MUSC 449
Ensemble (Choose from the following)8
Chamber Singers1MUEN 311
University Orchestra1MUEN 312
Chamber Music1MUEN 313
Instrumental Lessons4
Applied Music I (2x)1MUPF 164
Applied Music II (2x)1MUPF 264
Choose from Below3
Applied Music III1MUPF 364
Applied Music IV1MUPF 464
Applied Composition I1MUCO 265
Applied Composition II1MUCO 365
Seventh-Day Aventist Church History3RELH 203
Old Testament Studies I3RELB 245
Old Testament Studies II3RELB 246
Principles of Christian Faith3RELB 250
Revelation[3]RELB 302Fulfills GE Requirement
History of the Christian Church I3RELH 303
History of the Christian Church II3RELH 304
Biblical Preaching & Homioletics[3]RELP 308Fulfills GE Requirement
Cross Cultural Mission3RELM 327
Sancturary Doctrine3RELT 346
Christian Ethics3RELT 385
Christian Apologetics & Worldviews3RELT 386
Public Evangelism3RELP 370
New Testament Studies I3RELB 435
New Testament Studies II3RELB 436
Capstone Experience3
Senior Recital Capstone3MUPF 497
Depression & Anxiety Recovery Program Rotation3HLED 441

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God has given me a passion to use my talents in music for His glory and the saving of souls. By receiving an education in music that is mission-focused, I am becoming better equipped for His service.
Sarah McRoberts
Junior, Bachelor of Music
Studying music has shown me the role of music in God’s work. I have gained a deeper understanding of the purpose of music in ministry and my mind has been opened to new ways to create music that glorifies God.
Dylan Homan
Senior, Bachelor of Music

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Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 Credits)

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Counseling Diverse Populations (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the intersection and convergence of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, acculturation, and chronological age and how these inform effective mental health care. The goal is to increase awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity in order to prepare students to work sensitively and effectively with California’s multi-cultural population. Attention also is given to issues of privilege, marginality, and oppression, including sexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, and heterosexism. Theoretical perspectives on multicultural counseling will be examined as well as strategies for intervention and advocacy. This course will focus on eliminating biases, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination. Throughout, effective strategies for communicating about emotionally charged material is emphasized.

Couples and Family Counseling: Post-Modern (3 Credits)

This course continues the study of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals, couples, and families using interactional and brief models. This course provides advanced training in the theories and techniques of modern and post-modern schools of family therapy including Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapy. Also included are the evidence-based treatments, outcome research, and limitations associated with each theory. Specific family issues addressed include: transition to parenthood, parenting young and school-age children, household division of labor, and blended families. Throughout, careful attention is paid to the historical and cultural context in which the theories were developed and the implications for working with diverse populations in recovery-oriented community mental health settings.

Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Advanced Techniques (3 Credits)

This course is designed to further develop the psychotherapeutic skills of students prior to their entry into a clinical placement. Students focus on developing proficiency in the core interviewing qualities, deriving goals for a clinical session, and in making contracts with clients for change. Additionally, students are encouraged to begin developing a theoretical and conceptual understanding of cases and trained to work with diverse populations. Students are also encouraged to address issues regarding the integration of their faith with the practice of psychotherapy.

Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (3 Credits)

This course examines the application of psychological instruments to the assessment of individuals, couples, and families. Fundamentals of psychological assessment are reviewed including standardized and non-standardized testing approaches, basic statistical concepts, and moral, ethical and cultural considerations in assessment. The course will also provide an overview of issues related to cognitive assessment, achievement, aptitude, and neuropsychological assessment. Emphasis will also be on clinical, behavioral, and personality assessment.

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for majority and marginalized groups. Students will gain core knowledge of major career development theories; examine the implications of sociocultural factors on career development, work transitions, and the career counseling process; gain experience with career counseling assessments and resources; and become familiar with current career development literature.

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Research and Evaluation in Counseling (3 Credits)

The goal of this course is to enable students to become informed consumers of psychological research and to use current research knowledge and tools to improve treatment outcomes. Students will explore methods and issues associated with the conduct and use of research concerning phenomena relevant to counseling psychology. The course provides an overview of hypothesis generation, research design, data collection and interpretation, and utilization of research findings in clinical practice, while considering systemic and sociocultural influences. Students will review seminal research findings including research on specific treatments and common factors across treatments that improve therapy outcome. The course also provides students with assessment tools for evaluating mental health programs and the effectiveness of one’s own clinical practice. Emphasis is given to helping students become knowledgeable consumers of research, including the use of research to inform evidence-based practice.

Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology (3 Credits)

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Psychopathology & Diagnostic Processes (3 Credits)

This course examines the major types of psychopathology. It explores techniques of intake interviewing and determining mental status to formulate a differential diagnosis based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will also recognize and understand the controversial history of the development of the DSM. The

course also includes a critical examination of the clinical and experimental literature in psychopathy. Etiologies of cognitive/affective functions and dysfunctions and implications for therapeutic intervention are also addressed.

Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3 Credits)

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Practicum in Counseling (6, 3 per term)

The purpose of this course is to develop counseling competencies when working with a variety of clients with unique presenting concerns. Specifically, the focus will be on your ability to engage your clients in treatment, establish a working alliance, identify dysfunctional patterns, and use either general strategies or ECBIS strategies to facilitate change. You will work toward the development of a personally acceptable and professionally effective style of establishing and working in helping relationships. We will work toward helping you to examine your behaviors and rationales and to modify for greater effectiveness.

Course Prerequisites:
This is the terminal course for the program and will run concurrently with a weekly seminar that will address issues in counseling practice.