By Kaitie Eddy
The contemporary church is growing and changing every day, and one of the biggest changes is the inclusion of new music styles and technologies that relate to today’s world. These changes have brought about a need for worship leaders and musicians trained in technologies that can offer worship environments that differ from the traditional.
To meet the churches' needs, Capital University has developed a new minor in Contemporary Worship.
“This minor, unique to Capital University, is designed to develop technical and worship leadership skills toward the expanding career opportunities in the worship arts by combining resources from contemporary music, music technology and religion,” said Robert Breithaupt, professor of music.
Breithaupt proposed the minor in hopes of bringing together music and religion. However, the new minor is open to any Capital student, so interested students do not have to have a focus in music.
“Our effort here was to leverage our offerings with a growing desire of students to become a part of this – both current students and especially those who are considering Capital, as I believe this is a real differentiator,” Breithaupt said. “With the reunification of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the timing of this seems to be perfect.”
The minor requires a total of 25 credit hours, with six credit hours selected from various classes in related disciplines. It does not require any auditions or demonstrated musical aptitude. This minor will fit well with most majors offered at Capital.
Simply Put: Contemporary Worship is a minor that addresses media, technology, religion and other areas in a framework that aligns with the principles of the University, as well as new academic initiatives.