A Parish Music major with a Director of Church Ministries Minor for Related Majors provides students with another option to serve the Church as church musicians. Graduates may be solemnly called to positions in congregations or recognized service organizations of the church, and are eligible to be rostered in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod with the designation “Minister of Religion Commissioned – Lay Minister.” Concordia University Wisconsin is the only synod school at which this program is offered. Application involves steps in addition to application to the university. Applicants should contact the Church Ministries office for application information.

Core Requirements 145
Major Requirements - 9 crs of electives included59
Electives** 27
Opt. crs. - Additional required courses for LCMS Roster9
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Life and Faith:
Old Testament
Biblical Theology
Theology Elective
Communication and Languages:
Interpersonal Communication
Creative Expression:
Creative Arts - may include participation in musical ensembles. 1 cr each. See listing below:
Chapel Ringers
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Chapel Choir
Alleluia Ringers
Pep Band
Jazz Ensemble
String Ens./Chamber Orch.
University Band
Concordia Civic Chorale
Select three credits
Required Courses
MUS 080Concert/Recital Attendance (each semester 0 crs) 40
MUS 240Music Theory I3
MUS 241Music Theory II3
MUS 242Music Theory III3
MUS 243Music Theory IV3
MUS 271Music History I3
MUS 272Music History II3
MUS 250Beginning Conducting3
MUS 351Advanced Conducting3
MUS 445Composing and Arranging3
MUS 461Music in Worship3
MUS 465Survey of Christian Hymnody3
MUS 491Parish Music Pract/Internship (120 clock hours)3
MUS 499Recital (Service/Concert)2
Select one of the following:3
Organ Literature
Issues in Church Music
Handbell Methods & Mater
Applied Music: Organ, Piano and/or Voice (min. 4 crs. Organ)14
Ensemble (additional to core) 34
Additional Courses Required to LC-MS Rostered - 9 credits 1
New Testament
Office Professional Chrch Work
Lutheran Confessions
Total Hours66