Give the gift of music

As a part of our Lutheran heritage, parish music is worth studying for the sake of teaching the faith. What does this degree look like after graduation? Discover the many ways you can serve: playing the liturgy or worship music, organizing special music for feast days, directing adult and children vocal choirs, directing handbells, working with the pastor to support the structure of the Divine Service with music, arranging hymns, and assisting with music education in Lutheran schools.

Sample Careers
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Director
  • Musician
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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

The parish music program consists of the standard music major with additional classes in church music. Learn from practicing church musicians and enjoy the opportunity to participate in handbell choirs, vocal choirs, orchestra, band, and organ performances. Learn to lead the congregation in song, direct choirs and instrumental groups, choose theologically sound music, and work with a pastor to structure music in worship. Because of CUW’s location, you have access to rich variety of musical events in the Milwaukee area. If you are a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, you can take additional theology classes to be placed on the church worker roster for the LCMS.

What to Expect

Plan on dedicating significant energy to practicing piano or organ. Regardless of your current skill level, we have experienced tutors available to help improve your technique in a one-on-one setting. General music elements of this program include composing and arranging, music history and theory, aural skills, choral and organ literature, and conducting. You’ll also focus on how music connects with the theological aspects of worship.

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