The Southwestern Music Academy offers lessons in piano, organ, voice, flute, guitar, violin and Kindermusik classes for children and is open to the seminary family as well as to the community. Click for registration form or more information.
Southwestern Seminary Children's Choir
The Southwestern Seminary Children's Choir (SWCC) is a community children's choir based in the School of Church Music. Open to all children ages 8 - 12, the choir performs throughout the Fort Worth area, and conducts two performances per semester on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. At the heart of the choir is a commitment to worship God, learn scripture, teach proper vocal technique, develop musical talent, enhance discipleship, build lasting relationships, and minister to the community. Click here for registration and more information.
Courses of study in Jazz Studies designed for the Church Musician are intended and designed to give our students a thorough understanding of the complex harmonic vocabulary of jazz, practice in application of various styles in the tradition of jazz literature and to directly relate instruction to worship in the church. The constitution of most praise teams resembles that of a traditional jazz ensemble; thus, further instruction in the jazz style and literature can exponentially enhance the quality of the praise-team ensemble in leading a church and worship.
Courses in jazz history, jazz improvisation, and private lessons are open to Southwestern students in all programs. Contact Dr. Joe Hardin in the School of Church Music, 817.923.1921 x3125, for more information.
A revamped School of Church Music (SCM) degree program has entered the final stages of pilot course testing and is set to launch in fall 2013. The new, streamlined Master of Arts in Worship (MAW), which features online and hybrid course options, allows students to gain theological and musical training without having to physically relocate for Fort Worth. More
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary leads the nation in church music education, according to survey results reported last fall during the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). According to this survey of 84 schools, Southwestern is the only accredited institution to the offer a Ph.D. in church music. Also, only seven institutions—including Southwestern, as well as two other Southern Baptist seminaries—offer Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in church music. More
Jazz musician Stockton Helbing drums like a chameleon, changing the shades of his rhythm and style to blend with any musical setting.
As president of Southwestern Seminary, Paige Patterson has proven to be a firm supporter of the School of Church Music. Read his thoughts on the theological significance of hymns and the need for comprehensive church music programs. Click here for Interview