2015 Summer Term Learning Opportunities

- All courses meet monday-friday
- daily worship at 10:45 a.m.


WEEK ONE: June 1– 5

Mn2661 a family systems approach to congregational life, 1:00-3:15 p.m.  

The New Testament speaks of the church as a living organism – “The Body of Christ.” The apostle Paul makes it clear that the “body of Christ” is a whole comprised of many parts, yet functioning as one. This course will focus on one model that looks at communities of faith as a whole. An introduction to a Bowen family systems approach to the development of healthy dynamics in communities of faith will be at the heart of the course. The participant will gain an understanding of the processes and practices that encourage growth, challenge and resilience in communities of faith. One semester hour. Please note Healthy Congregations Special Opportunity associated with this class.
Emlyn Ott, Dean of Leadership Formation, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Executive Director, Healthy Congregations, Inc.


Identify issues facing churches in the 21st century. Through readings, discussion, demonstration and presentations, the class explores the opportunities and challenges of music in today’s church, examines resources, and finds faithful ways to address the issues in a variety of contexts. (Includes paper/project to be completed outside of class. Paper/project not required for auditors.)  This course fills concentration core for M.A.C.M. students and music option for Trinity M.Div students. Two semester hours.
May Schwarz, Professor of Church Music & Director, M.A. in Church Music Program, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, with Michael Lester, Peace Lutheran Church, Gahanna; Chris McManus, King Avenue United Methodist Church, Columbus; 
Eric Paton, Assistant Professor of Music, Capital University

mn2761 class guitar, 4:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Designed to help students gain a basic understanding of the guitar. Focus is on chord accompaniment and reading melodies in treble clef and applying this information to music including, but not limited to, hymns and liturgies. General music theory concepts will be discussed in relation to the instrument and the musical selections. A background in reading music and/or the guitar in general is not required. One semester hour.
Brett Burleson, Adjunct Instructor of Music, Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary

mn2764 Global drumming, 4:45-7:00 p.m.

This hands-on course examines traditional conga rhythms from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, samba percussion from Brazil, and djembe / djun djun drumming from West Africa. Students will explore a range of world rhythms on conga and djembe. In small group projects, the class will play these rhythms with existing/recorded music to assess the effectiveness for worship music and choral application. Participants will come away with an experiential understanding of effective sound production on the instruments, performance practice, and application of traditional rhythms in accompaniment of worship music. No previous drumming or music notation experience required. A material fee of $10. All instruments and sticks will be provided. Remo Inc. World Percussion.  One semester hour.
Eric Paton, Assistant Professor of Music, Capital University

WEEK TWO: June 8 – 12

mn1704 Perspectives in Choral Conducting, 1:00 - 3:15 p.m.   

Explores conducting and rehearsal techniques and repertoire. Provides opportunity to put conducting techniques into practice. Course may be repeated. One semester hour.
Lynda Hasseler, Professor of Music, Chapel Choir director, Capital University


Leaders in religious life are bombarded with a host of programs and processes to manage and lead change. Making use of the eight concepts of Bowen family systems theory and current research in behavioral and congregational process, this course will focus on the development of clarity and focus in mission. Small group and individual coaching is included. Note: This course is an enrichment week in family systems theory and congregational life. Enrollment is limited to those for those who have completed MN 2661“A Family Systems Approach,” have participated in family systems theory and case study groups, or who are Healthy Congregations facilitators or trainers. Please indicate your background in family systems work when you register for this course. One semester hour.
Emlyn Ott, Dean of Leadership Formation, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Executive Director, Healthy Congregations, Inc.

mn3726 HANDBELL SKILLS, 3:30 – 5:45 P.M.

With a focus on good handbell techniques, this course will move from building on the basics to developing expertise as a ringer through coordination skills, rhythmic exercises, sight-reading and interpretation considerations. As a bell choir, the class will work on reading and polishing Level 2 – 4 music. Time will also be spent discussing bell choir problems and challenges from the perspective of both ringer and director. Class must have at least 11 participants.  May be credited toward applied study in the MACM curriculum. This course will be taught at Christ Lutheran Church, 2314 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio. One semester hour.
Jane McFadden, Director of Handbells, Christ Lutheran Church, Columbus; composer and arranger

mn2772 Vocal Solutions for Choral Directors, 6:00-8:15 P.M.

This intensive course explores how the voice works through the study of vocal anatomy, acoustics, registration and articulation.  Participants gain greater knowledge of vocal technique through pedagogical study along with group and individual exercises, songs, and projects unique to each class member.  Among topics addressed are managing the adolescent changing voice, dealing with the aging voice, choral versus solo singing aesthetics, and vocal health.  The format includes lecture, discussion, viewing of videos, engaging in breathing and singing exercises, and question and answer sessions.  One semester hour.
Sharon Stohrer, Adjunct Instructor of Music, Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary

WEEK THREE: June 15 – 20

mn3747 Organ MasterClass: Nach [after] Bach, 1:00-3:15 p.m.   

This class is designed to explore performance practice of sacred organ repertoire after the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. This course will be taught at St. Joseph Cathedral on the 96 rank Paul Fritts organ.  One semester hour.
Paul Thornock, Cathedral Director of Music, St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus; Diocesan Music Consultant, St. Joseph Catherdral, Columbus

mn2721 Music Technology for church musicians, 1:00-3:15 p.m.   

Introduces basic use of music technology for worship.  Topics include music notation software, live sound reinforcement, audio recording and digital video editing. Technology classroom facilitates a “hands-on” experience with composer and synthesizer keyboards. May be credited toward MACM curriculum. One semester hour.
Justin Riley, Adjunct Instructor, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

mn2172 MUSIC & Worship in the African-American Tradition, 3:30 -7:00 P.M.  

A study of music and worship forms of the African American Christian tradition with emphasis on historical development, an understanding of the African American aesthetic and practical applications for congregational music and worship. (Includes paper/project to be completed outside of class. Paper/project not required for auditors.) This course fills concentration core for M.A.C.M. students and Music Option for Trinity M.Div. students. Two semester hours.
Raymond Wise, Affiliated Professor of Church Music, Trinity Lutheran Seminary


BL1041 NEW TESTAMENT 1, 8:00-10:15 A.M.   

Introduction to the Gospels and Acts, with major attention given to the structure, characteristics, and themes of each, and to interpretive principles. Three semester hours. Students should read through the Gospels and Acts two times before the class begins.
E. Wray Bryant, Assistant Professor in Religion and Philosophy, Capital University

MN2711 LITURGICAL CHOIR, 10:20-11:45 A.M.   

Designed to give students the opportunity to direct the liturgical choir and integrate classroom learning in the context of worship. Provides opportunities for collaboration with worship planners and musicians, exploration of diverse and multi-cultural choral repertoire, and further skill development in choral conducting, worship planning, rehearsal organization, leadership, communication and music ministry. Involves participation in daily summer chapel services. Available for credit only for M.A.C.M. students who have demonstrated basic conducting skills through audition with the director of the M.A.C.M. program. All other summer students are welcome to sing in the choir, no registration required. One semester hour.
May Schwarz, Professor of Church Music; Director M.A. in Church Music Program, Trinity Lutheran Seminary


LA1021 GReEK 1, 9:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, WITH BREAK FOR WORSHIP (10:30 a.m.)   

Introduction to New Testament Greek. Fulfills prerequisite for M.Div. students. Three semester hours.
E. Wray Bryant, Assistant Professor in Religion and Philosophy, Capital University


Students who are taking MN2661 A Family Systems Approach to Congregational Life, for an additional cost of $300 paid to Healthy Congregations, Inc.(www.healthycongregations.com), may add a non-academic component in order to become facilitators of the Healthy Congregations material. The additional component will be held from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday June 1-5. Participants must register for the course MN2661 in order to participate in the Special Opportunity.

          • Course fee is $498 per semester hour
          • Early registration is advised; limited on-campus housing available 


Office of the Registrar

Registration for each term takes place at a time set by the Registrar (see Academic Calendar). Students register online through Student Account Management (SAM). Registration information and procedures are published by the Registrar’s Office on TLSNet.

Registration for each term takes place during specified times set by the Registrar. Degree students should submit registration cards signed by their academic advisor during those time periods. A late fee of $50 is charged for registrations submitted after the registration deadline.

A student who wishes to add a course after a term begins may do so, with the written permission of the instructor and by arrangement with the Registrar, within the period set by the official academic calendar. During the same period, a student may also drop a course without a transcript entry. After the drop / add period, a student may withdraw from a course by completing a drop form before 50% of the course has transpired. In this case, a W will be recorded on the transcript. Any course dropped after this time is considered a failure unless special permission to withdraw is granted by the Academic Affairs Committee because of extenuating circumstances. 

During the January (J-Term) or summer term, no course may be added after the beginning of the term. During the January (J-Term) or June summer term, a two- or three-week course may be dropped without transcript penalty only during the first two weekdays of the course. A one-week course may be dropped without transcript penalty only during the first weekday of the course.

Students who have been admitted to Trinity Lutheran Seminary may audit courses on a space-available basis. The student is expected to attend classes and to do the readings. Courses audited are listed on a student’s record, but the student is not required to take examinations or submit papers and receives no grade. Audited courses do not result in any academic credit but they do appear on transcripts. Spouses of full-time degree students may apply for admission and register as auditors on a space-available basis for no charge, provided they are not candidates for a seminary degree.

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The seminary is a member, with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and the Pontifical College Josephinum, of the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus. All courses at each school are open to qualified degree students of the other two seminaries. Trinity Lutheran Seminary degree students should contact the Trinity Registrar directly to request any MTSO or PCJ courses they may wish to take.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Pontifical College Josephinum

Authorization Forms

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires written authorization for release of a student's academic transcript. Transcripts are usually run within a week of receiving the authorization form. Delays may occur during the Christmas or Easter periods.

Privacy of Student Records

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, gives students certain rights concerning their educational records.

Transfer of Credit


Credit will be transferred from accredited graduate schools and seminaries if it can appropriately be applied to a Trinity degree program and has not been credited toward a degree at another school. No transfer credit will be given for work done with a grade under C. There is a time limit of 10 years on (1) transfer credit, (2) credit from Trinity for a degree that was not completed, and (3) credit from Trinity for a completed degree that is to be applied to a different degree program, in the M.Div., M.T.S., and M.A. degree programs.

To qualify for a Trinity M.Div., M.T.S., or M.A. degree, a student must take at least 28 semester hours of course work at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. M.Div. students must take 24 of their final 32 semester hours at Trinity. Although credits transferred from another institution may be used to satisfy Trinity core and option requirements in a specific field of study, a student may be required, at the discretion of the Academic Dean, to take additional work in that field.

Students holding an M.A. or equivalent degree may be granted up to 30 hours advanced standing in the M.Div. at the discretion of the Academic Dean. Students may be granted up to 20 hours advanced standing in the M.T.S., M.A.Y.F.M., M.A.C.E., or M.A.C.M. degree programs at the discretion of the Academic Dean. Students holding an M.T.S. degree from Trinity may surrender that degree and apply the hours earned to a Trinity M.Div. degree.

A student who wishes to transfer from another theological seminary must present from that school a letter of honorable dismissal and a transcript of credits, along with the usual admissions data. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has already completed the equivalent of one year or more of work at another seminary must obtain the approval of his or her synodical candidacy committee as part of the admission process.

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