Music. Ministry. Perspective.


Worship Leading

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Glorify God. Encourage the church. Minister to others. That’s worship leading, at NGU. 

All-Steinway School
NGU is the one and only All-Steinway School among Christian universities in the Carolinas.
Musical Performance
NGU’s Music Department presents over 40 performances each year. From student recitals to large ensembles, enjoy plenty of opportunities to perform.
Minutes Away
Greenville’s premier performing arts theater, the Peace Center, is Just 30 minutes from NGU. Enjoy live performances by world-renowned musicians, orchestras, ballets, and more.

Impactful Worship Begins Here

A heart for ministry. A passion for worship. You’ve got both – and you desire to use them for God’s glory and the good of others. Prepare for a lifetime of meaningful ministry in a variety of roles.

Christian musician and worship pastor, of course. But also, chaplain, composer, teacher, missionary, and more. Explore your calling and elevate your purpose. All through a (B.A.) degree in music worship studies, at NGU.

Experience Learning, Composing, and Performing – Together

Bands & Ensembles

You want choices? We’ve got them! Marching band in the fall. Pep band in the spring. Concert choir, jazz band, and a wide array of ensembles throughout the year. Whatever your passion, pursue it at NGU. 


Compose or Perform (or Both!)

Compose works for public premieres and receive helpful feedback to grow as an artist. Refine your skills and showcase your talents in over 40 performances each year. From chamber and ensemble performances to student and faculty recitals, there’s something for everyone. 


Work Studies for Every Level of Experience

Assist ensemble conductors as they prepare for rehearsals. Facilitate guest performances. Even advise younger musicians in their journey. Put your talent to good use for others. 


Plenty of Space to Find Your Place

You need time and space to practice. Between Turner Chapel and the Hayes Fine Arts Center, enjoy access to over two dozen spaces designed for you to learn, practice, and perfect your craft. 

Music Beside Experienced & Faithful Musicians

Seth Killen, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Darian K. Washington, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Michael Weaver, D.M.
Professor of Music
Fabio Parrini, M.M.
Professor of Music
Megan Scruggs Hollifield, M.A.
Instructor of Music
Angela Horn-Barrett
Associate Professor of Voice
W. Gary Rhoden Jr., M.A.
Instructor of Music Education
K. Brent Coppenbarger, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
J. David Cudd, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of the Cline School of Music
Christopher Davis, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Cheryl Greene, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
Stephen M. Griner, M.M.
Piano Instructor

A Firm Foundation to Study Worship Ministry

  • Worship Leadership Year 1


    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Music Theory 1
    • Old Testament Survey
    • Music Appreciation
    • First Year Experience
    • Ensembles
    • Composition and Literature
    • New Testament Survey
  • Worship Leadership Year 2



    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Music Theory 2
    • Basic Conducting
    • Computer Tech for Musicians
    • Congregational Song Literature
    • Ensembles
    • Principles of Evangelism, Introduction to Missions, or Introduction to Youth Ministry
    • Biological science course
  • Worship Leadership Year 3



    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Development of Musical Styles: Before 1750
    • Development of Musical Styles: 1750 to the Late 19th Century
    • Contemporary Worship Technology and Recording
    • Advanced Conducting
    • Music Literature of the Church
    • Spiritual Formation
    • Ensembles
    • History course
    • Math course
    • Jazz and Popular Theory
    • Arranging and Songwriting for the Church Musician
    • Physical Fitness and Wellness
    • Handbell Ensemble
  • Worship Leadership Year 4



    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Church Music Leadership: Children to Adults
    • Church Music Practicum
    • Church Music Worship: History to Current Trends
    • Church Music Leadership: Administration and Philosophy
    • Development of Musical Styles: Post 19th-Century and World Music
    • Ensembles
    • Contemporary Christian Ensemble
    • Social Science
    • Open electives
    • English course

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.