Simpson University Offers New Worship Curriculum

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s music department has a new worship curriculum this year that will better equip graduates to work in the exciting field of worship leadership.

Dr. Dan Pinkston, associate professor of music theory and composition at Simpson University, said, “Our new worship degree is more modern and relevant. We’ve always offered quality training in music ministry, but this new degree allows students to pursue a wider range of musical styles.”

The most significant change in the worship degree is the Worship Service Project that students will do their senior year. This takes the place of a senior recital of classical music, and allows the student to integrate a wide variety of musical styles, both traditional and modern, with other art forms such as poetry and visual art.

“The concept is that the student will lead a worship service in which they synthesize what they have learned about music, the history of Christian worship, and current issues in worship into a unified artistic whole,” said Pinkston. “Students will also be required to take courses in contemporary songwriting, music technology, and the biblical foundations of worship.”

The worship degree should also be understood as a rigorous music degree. Students will still be required to take music theory, ear training, ensembles, private lessons, and other courses that are part of professional training as a musician.

“This is not a watered-down music degree,” Pinkston added. “Students will be challenged academically and musically, and equipped for spiritual leadership in the church.”

Celebrating 20 years in Redding, Simpson University is a Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs also include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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