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School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


Vernon W Whaley


Biblical Studies Related to Worship Leader Education, Romanian Church Musician Education, Worship Ecclesiology, Worship Leader Education, Worship Pedagogy, Worship Theology


Arts and Humanities | Ethnomusicology | Music | Music Education | Musicology | Music Performance | Music Theory | Other Music


Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania, was founded in 1986 as an underground training school for pastors and missionaries during the brutal regime of communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. In December of 1989, Ceaușescu’s government was overthrown. The new democratic government not only officially recognized the school (then the Baptist Biblical Institute) as a theological seminary, but also commissioned the institution to train teachers for the newly emerging, publicly funded religious schools being established across the country. The school accepted that mandate and in 1998 changed its name to Emanuel University of Oradea. The music program began in those early days for the purpose of training church musicians, but in order to receive state accreditation to fulfill the government’s teacher training mandate and to give the church musician another potential income source, the purposes and focus were shifted to the discipline of music pedagogy. As the Romanian evangelical church continues to grow, so has the need for church musicians trained specifically for ministry in the local church. The purpose of this paper is to present a biblical rationale for this training and to lay the groundwork for a Worship Studies/Church Music concentration that could be added to the Emanuel University’s already accredited Music Pedagogy degree.