Music Education (Ladies)

This course of study is designed to train future teachers in the field of music for the Christian school. The Music Education Major places an emphasis not only on a quality music education but also on the student’s development to clearly communicate the principles he has learned and inspire others to reach their full potential.

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.

Before graduating, all students with an education major must complete a student-teaching internship. This vital opportunity gives them actual classroom teaching experience and a chance to be mentored by and work with experienced master teachers.

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.


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.

Bible electives (2 credits)

Life Skills A course covering a variety of topics including finances, study skills, health, critical-thinking skills, time management, life planning, and more.

Christian Womanhood I A Bible-based course covering basic concepts and philosophies of women in Christian ministry. Biblical expectations and practical applications of key Scriptures pertaining primarily to women and the ministries in which they are involved are explored and discussed.

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

General elective

Speech Basic principles of public speaking with a special emphasis on pulpit and platform techniques are taught.

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).

21st-Century Missions

Choir or Orchestra

Christian Womanhood II A Bible-based course covering advanced concepts and philosophies of women in Christian ministry. Behavior, thought processes, and relational dynamics in both personal and professional venues are highlighted in this course.

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.


Introduction to Education This course includes a brief history of education and its importance to our culture. It also gives an introduction to the art of teaching.

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.

Private Study/Music Lab

Choir or Orchestra

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.

Choir or Orchestra

Baptist Principles and Preachers A course covering the foundational beliefs of Baptists and the leaders of fundamental, independent Baptists in America.
Systematic Theology I A study of the Bible doctrines of the Trinity, the Church, Heaven, and Hell.

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

Philosophy of Education This study places Christian education in its proper perspective with an emphasis upon its historical and philosophical developments. The course also emphasizes the philosophy behind the methods and goals of Christian education.

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.

Private Study/Music Lab

Women of the Bible A study of various women in the Bible examining their faith, spirituality, strengths, weaknesses, values, qualities, ethics, and ultimate successes and/or failures in God’s prescribed role for their lives.


Great Teaching Methods A study of various teaching techniques, making provision for individual differences, discipline methods, and lesson planning. This course is a prerequisite to all other method courses.

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.

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.

Advanced Educational Methods I

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.
Music Theory IV This 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.

Teaching Music in the Christian School Basic course involving techniques used in teaching songs, rhythm, notation, instruments, and the appreciation of music along with organization of music materials, sources of music, and how to teach general music in the Christian school.

Advanced Educational Methods II This course is designed to help prospective teachers refine their teaching abilities. Lesson planning, methodology, and pedagogy are covered. The student is required to give several in-class presentations.

Private Study/Music Lab

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.

Choir or Orchestra

Piano Pedagogy I Concepts and materials for teaching piano to preschool children, as well as individual and group lessons to average-age beginners, adult beginners, and intermediate-level students are discussed.

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.


Piano Pedagogy II This class provides practical, hands-on experience teaching piano on the beginner level. Students will be monitored by music faculty as they teach beginner piano students one-on-one or in a group setting. This class is only for seniors and is permitted only by approval of the music faculty.

Private Study/Music Lab

Educational Psychology The use of psychology in the classroom is brought out through case studies.

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.

Choir or Orchestra

Music electives (2 credits)

Instrumental Methods This course provides a basic overview of the instruments in an orchestra, including strings, brass, woodwind, and percussion.

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.

Bible electives (2 credits)
Student-Teaching Internship
(one semester) Students gain active classroom experience and put into practice everything they have learned from previous classes by completing a student-teaching internship at Hammond Baptist Schools under the direction of an experienced master teacher.

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.