MWS3101EN - Music Composition I

Course description

This course focuses on the foundational skills needed to compose biblically-based compositions for the contemporary church. Focussing on principles opposed to styles, this course exposes students to the basics of songwriting including rational for being a Christian songwriter, theological considerations, song forms, lyrical devices (rhyme, simile, metaphor), and what makes a melody singable, accessible and memorable.

How this course benefits students

Each movement of God throughout the ages has been characterized by fresh expressions of timeless truth. There is a need in the church today to have educated and trained songwriters and artists who are capable of expressing their faith in a variety of styles and genres. History demonstrates that the medium of music is often one of the most effective ways to articulate and characterize the faith of a generation. This course equips and challenge young artists and songwriters with the skills they need to compose effective songs with others that accurately articulate and communicate the truths and themes of the Christian faith.

Why this course is important

When God moves, songs follow. Be it Hillsong, Vertical Church, or Passion, the contemporary worship landscape is bursting with new songs of faith expressing the greatness and majesty of God. Some people think songwriters are born but we beg to differ. Like any skill, songwriting is a skill that can be developed. With Missional University’s Music Composition courses you will unlock the secrets of songwriting and give language to the intuitive things that make songs work. God is rising up a legion of songwriters for the church to give expression to the truths of His Word. Take the next step in your calling and equip yourself with the skills needed to see your fullest potential realized and released!

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Music & Worship Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2023-04 (March 11, 2024 - May 6, 2024)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. David Yauk, Professor of Missional Worship

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course has the biblical understanding of music at the core. So, this course will focus on the importance of composing music that is solidly biblically based and theologically accurate.

Missionally driven

Christian songs at their core are missional, purposed to draw believers into a deeper faith and discipleship as well as challenge them to cultivate a missional lifestyle on purpose with the mission of Christ. Focus is given to the ‘calling' of Christian songwriters to compose songs that fulfill this task.

Contextually informed

This course focuses on lyric depth that is drawn out of personal experiences. Students are encouraged to consider the needs of their church and their mission and compose to that end.

Interculturally focused

Through diverse exposure to a multitude of styles of music, both sacred and secular, students are familiarized with different cultural expressions of faith. A variety of stylistic assignments are purposed to challenge students to compose for different cultures.

Practically minded

Composition assignments for this course are all practical in nature.

Experientially transformed

Drawing from faith experiences and specific needs in the songwriter's community of faith, this course grants students opportunity to compose from their experiences. Composition assignments are reflective, but through feedback from the professor and other students, offers experiential interaction with others.