At Indiana Wesleyan University, our Applied Music courses are intentionally designed to prepare you to serve the Lord with excellence in your chosen instrument. Our faculty members all have master's or doctoral degrees in Music Performance and are active performers in local, regional, national, and international venues. In addition, many are involved in presenting at regional, national, and international music conferences and shining the light of Jesus by their lives and presence throughout the world of music performance and pedagogy. Excellent instructors as well as performers, they offer years of study, practice, pedagogy, and performance experiences to come alongside and mentor you in your musical and spiritual journey.

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J. Michael Dennis;M, DWS Asst Prof; Church Music michael.dennis@indwes.edu


Dr. Michael Dennis is the Assistant Professor of Church Music. Prior to his arrival at IWU, Dr. Dennis had been a full time Worship Pastor for over 19 years. His passion and experience focuses on equipping musicians and worship leaders to offer their talents to God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. He has led worship in a diversity of cultures and venues and, therefore, has a variety of styles and genres that he shares with his students.

He conducts the University Singers, one of our choral ensembles that perform locally.  He coordinates music for chapel services and works with students and the Dean of Chapel to fashion engaging worship experiences that have Jesus Christ as their core and that reflect the variety and beauty of the arts. He teaches courses in the Church Music major, including classes that focus on developing an understanding worship styles, administration of music ministry, leadership in music (in rehearsals and in services), and understanding the historical, biblical, and cultural origins of worship music. His practical insights, excellent teaching and mentoring have proven to be invaluable in helping them to hone their skills and to solidify their life calling.  He also teaches private voice.

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Montevallo

Master of Church Music (Choral Conducting), Lee University

Doctor of Worship Studies, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies


Dr. Dennis lives in Marion with his wife and two children.


Dr. Dennis is an active soloist, clinician, conductor, worship leader, and adjudicator.

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