Music has the capacity to unify a church in worship, prepare a heart to receive the Gospel, or drive home the truth of God's Word. So where can you get the best education and experience necessary to skillfully wield the tool of song for God's glory?

Appalachian Bible College offers a double major in Bible / Theology and Music, and its top goal is to equip you for music ministry in a local church. The accredited bachelor's degree program will develop your musical skills, provide plenty of performance opportunities, and shape your passion for a Biblical philosophy of music.

The ABC Advantage

Our Program

The music faculty at Appalachian Bible College are creative, talented, and committed to your success as a musician. They will instruct you in music history, philosophy, and performance—all from a Biblical worldview. Individualized attention through small class size provides extensive personalized feedback.

At ABC, you will gain practical experience through participation in campus music groups or touring music teams as well as opportunities to serve in chapels and conferences. Also, you will be encouraged to find a local West Virginia church where you can minister as accompanist or song leader, choir member, etc.

Choose one of three concentrations in the Music Degree:

  • Pedagogy Use music as ministry in educational settings

  • Performance Gain experience as a soloist and as a part of larger ensembles

  • Worship Receive foundational music training for church leadership

All students desiring to major in music at ABC are expected to audition.

Our Faculty

Mr. Jeremy Yowell - Music Chair

Mr. Jeremy Yowell - 

Music Chair

According to Colossians 3:16, music is a powerful way to communicate the truth of God’s Word. Today’s church should be “teaching and admonishing” through Scriptural “songs, hymns and spiritual songs.” In ministry, music is never simply “filler” or mere entertainment; it is a means by which God’s Word can penetrate hearts and minds.

Our music faculty desire to inspire, motivate, and equip students to fulfill their God-given calling to assist the church in acceptably worshiping God. We believe that music can be a great, unifying force within today’s church. At ABC, we want to train musicians with excellence so that they can serve in churches, schools, and other avenues of ministry around the world.

Why Music?

Overview

The Bible has much to say about music and strongly supports its place in worship. Paul commands Christians to communicate with one another "in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."

Since the days of Moses, individuals have been given the task of leading others in praise and worship of God through music. The need for godly, trained musicians in the church remains today, whether leading congregational singing, accompanying with instruments, directing a choir, or training others to serve musically.

Career Ministry Opportunities

  • Music Pastor
  • Collaborative Pianist
  • Christian School Music Teacher
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Director of Church Music Ministries
  • Associate Pastor
  • Composer

Objectives & Outcomes

You will be trained in… Leading to…
the formulation and articulation of a biblical philosophy of music a strong musical foundation.
specialized musical knowledge and skills an example of discipline and excellence in personal ministry.
music theory, history, performance practice, and aesthetics an intuitive understanding of music as a cultural language.
leadership and administration of church music programs intentional music ministry for all ages.
performance and research skills the successful completion of a capstone assignment (recital or research project).

What's Next?