Church Music Ministry

What does it looks like to faithfully apply scripture to music ministry?

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Develop a deep and broad understanding of worship and music’s role in it, drawing upon long traditions while envisioning what music means for contemporary life and worship in a variety of settings. Redeemer’s Church Music Ministry program brings together Scriptural inspiration, creative endeavour, and service to the church and broader society.

Church Music Ministry is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as an honours major.

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Right from the start, you will dig into a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources — including and especially worship music, from past to present, in its many genres.

Learn the skills, habits, and practices that will prepare you for a lifetime of serving people and the church through music. Applied music lessons, ensembles, and practice in composing and designing worship services provide opportunities to develop as a leader in the church and other ministry settings.

Church Music Ministry The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Worship leaders have a deeper sense of beauty when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
  • Musicians who understand marketing trends and are effective collaborators are more successful in their business ventures.
  • Composers can communicate with poignancy when they understand the psyche of their audience.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

Learning spaces are designed with the unique needs of the music program in mind such as sound-proofing, acoustics, staged seating, instruments and other equipment. This provides a conducive learning environment for courses like Design of Worship, Arranging and Composing, and Philosophy of Music in the Church.

Beyond the Classroom

Participate in ensembles that as part of the experience, lead on-campus Chapel services, furthering your experience in liturgy, the church calendar, service planning and rehearsing, song selection, hymnody, and contemporary worship music.

Explore the benefits of Experiential Learning
After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s church music ministry program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Micah Van Dijk '05

is a venue manager, as well as a gifted public speaker on popular music and culture.

Kristin Serrick '10

is an assistant director and music teacher at a large performing arts academy. She runs the department and teaches 70+ private music students a week.

Find out where a degree in Church Music Ministry takes you!
Redeemer’s Church Music Ministry Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Roles open to me
with this degree:
  • Adjudicator
  • Composer/lyricist
  • DJ
  • Film composer
  • Instrument builder/designer/service specialist
  • Music director (church, band, choir)
  • Music teacher
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Summer camp music director/staff
With continuing
education I can be:
  • Broadcaster
  • Artistic director
  • Audio producer/editor
  • Audiologist
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Event producer, manager or planner
  • Music critic
  • Music therapist
  • Professor of music
  • Publicist
Related jobs in other fields:
  • Arts administrator
  • Camp director
  • Copyright consultant
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Marketing/event promoter
  • Production assistant
  • Programme researcher
  • Television production assistant
Technical skills:
  • Developing and implementing effective practice regimes
  • Interacting with a range of audiences
  • Music interpretation
  • Reading music
  • Understanding of specific instruments
Transferable skills:
  • Concept visualization
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Following written/oral instructions
  • Performing
  • Presenting
  • Responding appropriately to constructive criticism
  • Strong organization and memory
  • Time management
  • Working under pressure
Discover current trends, wages and job in Canada for the Music field.
Explore your career ideas. Find out what Redeemer alumni have done with their degree.
Professional Organizations:
Connect with these organizations to learn more about your career.
  • Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Canadian Association for Music Therapy
  • Canadian Federation of Musicians
  • Canadian Independent Music Association
  • Canadian Music Centre
  • Canadian Music Educators Association
  • Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)
  • Music Canada
  • Music Industries Association of Canada
  • Music Library Association
  • Music Ontario
  • Screen Composers Guild of Canada
  • Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
  • Songwriters Association of Canada
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Church Music Ministry
Redeemer’s Church Music Ministry Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Alumni can go on
to careers as...
  • Worship directors and coordinators
  • Composers/arrangers
  • Festival/event coordinators
  • Music teachers
  • Music therapists
  • Recording musicians
Alumni can do further
studies to earn...
  • M.Div.
  • MA in Music and Culture
  • MA in Music Composition
  • MA in Music Theory
  • MA in Popular Music
  • MA in Popular Music

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