church music


The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Church Music and Worship is a broad-based interdisciplinary degree which combines music study and advanced training in church music with a minor degree in Religion or Religious Education.


The Music Minor is designed to prepare students in fundamental musicianship skills and elective studies in music. A Religion or Religious Education major who wishes to use music in ministry could minor in music and take church music electives.


Church Music students complete foundational studies in music, participate in ensembles, and study private instruments or voice. In addition, they complete a series of specialty courses:


* Music and Worship

An introduction to the history of Christian worship, the study of worship planning and leading, and a survey of music used in Evangelical worship.


* Church Music Methods

Materials and methods for organizing and leading a church music ministry for all ages.

Emphasis is placed on spiritual and musical foundations, organization and rehearsal procedures, vocal and instrumental techniques, and repertoire.


* Administration of Church Music

A study of comprehensive church music ministry, including materials and methods for the

organization, development, and maintenance of vocal and instrumental programs for all age levels. Special attention is given to the development of leadership.


* Topics in Church Music

Topics of interest in Church Music, especially contemporary issues, materials or skills not covered in other courses. Church music students also complete either a semester-long supervised internship in a local church or a capstone experience integrating church music with other academic disciplines.


*Praise Ensemble Lab

Study of contemporary Christian worship in practical settings; practical experience in contemporary worship planning and leading; technical study of singing and playing contemporary praise songs; and practical training and presentation with praise ensemble band in worship settings. This course is recommended for all church music majors.



All church music students specialize in either instrumental or vocal performance. Instrumental ensembles include the Marching Pioneers, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and various chamber ensembles. Vocal ensembles include International Choir, Wayland Singers, Praise Ensemble Lab and Spirit. Students also participate in Praise Ensemble Lab as a practical worship leadership training and in the Wayland Handbell Ensemble.



Wayland Fellowship of Church Musicians

This group is open to all Wayland students interested in church music. It has three regular meetings each semester along with additional opportunities for fellowship, growth, service, and dialogue with area pastors and ministers of music. A mentorship program is also available for those working in area churches. Church music majors are required to participate in the WFCM.



Serving in Local Churches

Many Wayland students serve local churches by leading worship, singing in choirs and praise teams, playing instruments, and working with children's groups. The need is great and pastors regularly contact Wayland hoping to identify interested students.


If you are a pastor and would like to post a job opening at your church, please fill out our form. Click here to complete the form. After the form is completed, please save on your computer and email the pdf document to



In addition to other financial aid, the Wayland School of Music offers scholarships for church music students through an audition process.


About the Director

Dr. Hyung Sek ChaeDr. Hyung Sek (John) Chae, a native Korean, serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies and Church Music at Wayland Baptist University joining the faculty in 2012. Dr. Chae coordinates the church music curriculum and the choral program. In addition, Dr. Chae teaches Church Music classes, Conducting, Choral Conducting, International Choir, and the newly formed Praise Ensemble Lab. Prior to joining Wayland Baptist University, he taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Tech University. Dr. Chae also serves as the founding artistic director of an auditioned community choral ensemble, Jubilate Women’s Choir in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Chae holds degrees from Korea Baptist Theological University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Texas Tech University.


Dr. Chae has had more than twenty-five years of diverse successful church music and worship experiences at multiple levels and contexts including music ministry at Suwon Central Baptist Church (which had over 15,000 members) in Suwon, Korea. He had six years of public school teaching experience in grades K-12. He continues to serve as a UIL Region and State adjudicator, choir clinician, and guest conductor. He loves working enthusiastically to foster healthy vocal development, to create positive vertical teaming experiences, and to encourage life-long participation in music activities. He has conducted choral festivals in Korea and the United States and served as a cooperating teacher for diverse music seminars/ festivals. He has participated and performed in many choral/vocal conferences, including WCA (World Choral Festival), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association), KFCM (Korea Federation of Choral Music), Far East Broadcasting Company Choral Festival (Seoul and Teajeon, Korea), Calvin Symposium on Worship, and the National Endowment of the Arts’ American Masterpieces Music Festival. Dr. Chae is a member of ACDA, TCDA, TMEA, NATS, IFCM, CMS, and the Hymn Society.


Dr. Chae is married to Heejae and has two sons, Soomin and Soohyun.


Contact Information

Hyung Sek Chae, Director of Choral Studies and Church Music
1900 W. 7th Street, CMB 1286, Plainview, Texas 79072
(806) 291-1067


The School of Music at Wayland Baptist University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music