The Local Church Music major places a strong emphasis on a prime music education for the purpose of serving the Lord through the music program of a local, New Testament church. Musicians are not only equipped with music theory and philosophy, but also the practical tools and experience needed to develop a high-quality music program.

The Music Department of Hyles-Anderson College offers instruction in a variety of subjects including music education, philosophy, music theory, conducting, composition, and orchestration. The music program offers private voice, piano, and instrumental lessons as well as larger ensembles and choirs so everyone can be involved. Small class sizes allow for greater teacher-student interaction and training.

The college choir and orchestra singing at First Baptist Church's annual Christmas program

While attending the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, students learn from pulpit preaching, invitations, baptismal services, funerals, weddings, business meetings, and much more. Each student studies the varied, successful ministries of the First Baptist Church and has the opportunity to be involved in these ministries, which include the following:

  • Church planting
  • Truck stop ministry
  • Sunday schools
  • Choirs
  • Discipleship
  • Orchestra
  • Reformers Unanimous
  • Deaf ministry
  • Bus ministry
  • Blind ministry
  • Soul-winning visitation
  • Jail ministry
  • Spanish work
  • Rest home ministry
  • Youth work
  • Developmentally challenged ministry

Newly Released!

Led by their instructor Miss Adri Ludwick, the students of the class Music Theory IV had the opportunity to compose and publish original piano arrangements in Praise Hymn, Praise Him Volume II. In addition, complimentary listening tracks are available here.

Our desire is that this project will serve as a valuable resource to local churches and to aspiring musicians across the nation.

To order your copy of Praise Hymn, Praise Him Volume II, please contact the college bookstore at 219.365.4031, ext. 1184.

Freshman

Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


Old Testament Survey This course is a foundational survey of the Old Testament. The purpose, distinctives, characteristics, and broad outline of each book are presented to give a grasp of the entire Old Testament.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Personal Evangelism This course provides an emphasis on the man, methods, message, and means of evangelism, and it includes a careful study of the Spirit-filled life of the soul winner as well as the work.


Discipleship This course emphasizes the Biblical and practical principles of training believers to become spiritually mature.


Life Skills A course covering a variety of topics including finances, study skills, health, critical-thinking skills, time management, life planning, and more.
Church Education This course teaches church work including Sunday school, promotion, nursery work, bus ministry, deaf work, Spanish work, youth work, rescue mission work, and work with the educable slow. The duties of pastor as an administrator are emphasized, including church financing, building design, church planting, and pastoral duties.


New Testament Survey This foundational survey of the New Testament covers the author, background, and purpose, as well as a broad outline of each book to give a grasp of the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the beginning, purpose, place, and instructions concerning the New Testament Church.


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Personal Finance This course, presented with a Biblical view of money and finances, trains students to handle financial matters, including the basics of setting up a family budget, dealing with credit, types of insurance coverage, and bank accounts.


Basic Homiletics This study of the preparation and delivery of sermons is designed to instruct in selecting, outlining, and gathering materials, as well as in delivering the message.


21st-Century Missions


Choir or Orchestra

Sophomore

Baptist Principles and Preachers A course covering the foundational beliefs of Baptists and the leaders of fundamental, independent Baptists in America.


Music Theory I This is the first part of a two-year progressive course of study designed to give an extensive knowledge of music theory with the church musician in mind. This class will cover major and minor scales, specific intervals, triads, complex time, as well as basic transposition, ear training and rhythmic dictation.


Public Speaking


English A student will be placed in an English class based on his English scores on the American College Test (ACT).


Bible elective

Counseling Moral Failures This course seeks to examine and practically address moral issues that people face including adultery, pornography, fornication, and more. These moral issues are explored from their deepest root source in the heart with the doctrines of guilt, shame, fear, deliverance, and redemption emphasized in the Scriptures.


Choir or Orchestra

Private Study/Music Lab
Philosophy of Music A course covering the discernment, influence, and balance of music. Rock music, the philosophy of replacement, and the Biblical purpose of music are discussed.


United States History I The history of the United States from the pre-Columbian civilizations to 1877, studying the political, social, and economic developments of America.


Music Theory II This is the second part of a two-year progressive course of study in music. This class will cover chord analysis and recognition, triad inversions and figured bass, basic part writing and composition, ear training and rhythmic dictation.


Choir or Orchestra

Systematic Theology I A study of the Bible doctrines of the Trinity, the Church, Heaven, and Hell.


Voice Class A basic course dealing with the study of the vocal instrument and the development of technique in the art of singing songs, hymns, and gospel songs.


Private Study/Music Lab

Junior

Private Study/Music Lab

History of Music I This course covers two broad spectrums of the history of music: first, a study of Western art music emphasizing the biographies of great composers, and secondly, the progression of the gospel song from Bible days to the early 20th century.


Evangelistic Song Leading This practical course is designed to train Christian workers to effectively lead congregational singing. Music fundamentals, technical aspects of song leading, and leadership are discussed.


Bible electives (2 credits)

Choir or Orchestra

Music Theory III This is the third part of a two-year progressive course of study in music. This class will cover chord spacing, harmonic motion, advanced part writing, the basics of understanding and using music notation, chord analysis and recognition, triad inversions and figured bass, basic part writing and composition, ear training and rhythmic dictation.


Elective

Local Church Music Project In this class, students will have the opportunity to participate in the choir or orchestra of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. They will be required to attend one practice per week and perform in both the Sunday morning and Sunday evening services of the First Baptist Church as well as any conferences, concerts, or special programs. Those who do not attend the First Baptist Church of Hammond and those with other situations may apply to complete this requirement on campus.
Private Study/Music Lab

History of Music II This continues the study of the history of music beginning at the classical period through modern day. This course focuses on the history of gospel music specifically.


Choral Directing Basic beat patterns are coordinated with the specific demands of choral literature. Ear training and conducting exercises supplement instruction in manual technique. The study of choral performance includes warm-ups, physical preparation, posture, breath, tone, balance, diction, intonation, rhythm and more. Other topics include organization of choral groups, testing and classification of voices, the audition procedure, program building, arranging, score analysis and marking, and rehearsal techniques.


Music Theory IVThis is the final part of a two-year progressive course of study in music. This class will cover transposing and arranging orchestration modulation, advanced part writing, choral arranging, counterpoint and the use of music notation software.


Church and School TransportationDesigned to instruct the students to become proficient in operating buses and vans used in church transportation, this class will give comprehensive training in general driving and safety education.


Choir or Orchestra

Local Church Music Project In this class, students will have the opportunity to participate in the choir or orchestra of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. They will be required to attend one practice per week and perform in both the Sunday morning and Sunday evening services of the First Baptist Church as well as any conferences, concerts, or special programs. Those who do not attend the First Baptist Church of Hammond and those with other situations may apply to complete this requirement on campus.


Music in the Bible This class provides an in-depth study on how, when, where, and for what purpose music is used throughout the Bible.

Senior

Private Study/Music Lab

Choir or Orchestra

Advanced Conducting Techniques This course focuses on the refinement of manual technique, rehearsal procedures and aspects of interpretation (i.e., performance practice, stylistic understanding, and arranging). Larger choral/orchestral works are discussed from the conductor’s viewpoint. Specific emphasis will be placed on hand independence, timing, dynamics, and expression in conducting.


Bible electives (3 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

Marriage and Ministry


Instruction in Gospel Hymn Playing Designed for piano students who can play hymns as written but do not know how to fill in with chords and other additions. Some transposition and modulation will be done. Students must know chords and major scales.


Music electives (2 credits)
Private Study/Music Lab

Choir or Orchestra

Music Composition This course provides training on how to write, arrange, and produce musical pieces. It will take the student from the concept phase through writing lyrics, composing music, music notation, and performing the composition.


Teachers' Writing Seminar A study of the mechanics of writing, giving practice in revision. The curriculum includes development of technique and style, punctuation and capitalization, and practice in writing letters, narrative writings, essays, and descriptive paragraphs.


Music in the Soul-Winning Church A basic course on church music for the preacher, with the pastor and his congregation in mind. Instruction is given regarding music personnel, congregational singing, the pastor and the music program, and the purpose of music.


Music electives (3 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

For more information, please consult the college catalog.

You may also contact the Academic Office at 219.365.4031, ext. 1210.

Student Jon Adkins has the opportunity to play during chapel at Hyles-Anderson College.