Music Theory Certificate

The Music Theory Certificate program is designed to train students to be future worship leaders and musicians by providing them with knowledge and concepts in the field of music theory and musicianship.

This one-year certificate program will enable students to develop, integrate, and hone their musical talents for the purpose of contributing to a world revolutionized by Christian mission through music ministry.

Students working towards their Music Theory Certificate will be required to complete 24 quarter units under 2 categories: Music Theory and Musicianship. The program length is 12 months.

Music Theory 16
MT101 Music Theory I: Scales and Rhythm 4
MT102 Music Theory II: Harmony 4
MT103 Music Theory III: Advanced Rhythm and Harmony 4
MT104 Music Theory IV: Melody and Chord Progression 4
Musicianship 8
MU101 Ear Training I 2
MU102 Ear Training II 2
MU103 Sight Singing I 2
MU104 Sight Singing II 2

Course Description

MT101 Music Theory I: Scales and Rhythm: The course activity includes major and minor scales in the F and G clefs, and rhythmic notations and drills involving simple and compound meter.

MT102 Music Theory II: Harmony:F ollowing MT101, the study expands to triads and inversion, dominant sevenths and inversions and some secondary dominants and sing-and-play drills involving the same harmonic material.

MT103 Music Theory III: Advanced Rhythm and Harmony: Concentrating on expanding musicianship skills through drills and performance exercises with longer and more complex rhythmic patterns and harmony.

MT104 Music Theory IV: Melody and Chord Progression: Studies in diatonic harmony. Topics include primary and secondary triads and seventh chords, their inversions, non-harmonic tones, secondary dominants and seventh chords and their inversions, harmonic sequences and melodic analysis

MU101-104 Ear Training & Sight-singing (2): Sight-singing and dictation drills involving in the training materials introduced in theory classes.

Worship Leader Certificate

The Jubilee School's Worship Leader Certificate is a one-year graduate certificate program that provides students with the academic and practical training necessary for them to become competent and influential individuals in the field of music ministry.

Students working towards their Worship Leadership Certificate will be required to complete 24 quarter units under 4 categories: Worship Leadership, Church Music Administration, Church Music History, and Advanced Music Theory. The program length is 12 months.

MM501 Worship Leadership 4
MU501 Contemporary Praise & Worship Songs 4
MU502 The Hymn in the Christian Worship 4
MM502 Church Music Administration 4
MU102 Chord Progression 4
MM503 Worship Technology 4

Course Description

MM501 Worship LeadershipThis class surveys leadership and administration skills needed to lead a vocal praise team and worship band. The class emphasizes the musical skills and spiritual leadership role of worship leaders as they work with the vocal praise team and the worship band.

MU501 Contemporary Praise & Worship SongsContemporary praise and worship songs continue to be a vital part of Christian life and worship. This course will study the late 20th century development of these songs, the texts and music of these songs, and the use of these songs in worship today.

MU502 The Hymn in Christian WorshipThis course surveys the history of the hymn in Christian worship and the contemporary use of hymns in Christian worship today. There will be an emphasis on listening and comprehension of traditional hymns and how to use hymns in contemporary worship in Graduate level.

MM502 Church Music AdministrationA study of the special knowledge and administrative skills needed for church musicians. Topics include adults and youth choirs, contemporary praise and worship bands, interpersonal relationships and technical supports for various types of services.

MU503 Chord ProgressionCourse covering a variety of writing techniques and approaches in a variety of styles and ensemble settings. It deepens the student's understanding of the elements of notation, structure and style in the creative writing process, with these elements studied from practical and theoretical perspectives.

MM503 Worship TechnologyA study of the role and use of technology in worship for music ministers and worship leaders. The course will emphasize the application of sound reinforcement, multi-media projection, and lighting in diverse worship settings. Attention will be given to the selection and use of computer, software, audio, and lighting equipment.

Breathecast Internship

Breathecast, the nation's largest online source for Christian music, has partnered with The Jubilee School to provide an internship program for students to develop real-life work skills and experience in the field of Christian music media in a professional environment

The internship is a 10-week program in which students log in a total of 120 hours (12 hours per week) under the supervision of the Breathecast Internship Manager. Successful completers will be awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Type of Training/Education: Practical Work/Media Skills in Professional Environment.

New Skills/Knowledge: Knowledge in Worship, CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) and pop Christian music and its trend, understanding of online media marketing, basic journalism skills, music reviews, public relations, interviewing skills, managing websites, archiving artist library, music files and more.

What a completer can do with the training: Having gained valuable real-life experience working in online Christian music media, students have an advantage working in similar fields that require some experience or knowledge in online media, journalism, Christian music, Christian ministries and website management.


Alfred Merril Smoak

Dean of the College and School, Professor

D.W.S., The Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, FL
M.C.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
B.A., Music, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA

Hyunsuk Kim

Director of the School

D.Min., Olivet University (present)
M.Div., Olivet University
B.A., Jubilee College of Music, Olivet University

Jade Park

G.D., New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
B.M., Ewha Women's University, Seoul, Korea

Eric Burgett

M.M., Belmont University, Nashville, TN
B.M., Millikin University, Decatur, IL

Rebecca Alexander

M.M., Boston University, Boston, MA
B.M., Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Mark Godwin

B.A. Samford University, Birmingham, AL