About the Program

The Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry and consists of academic preparation in music, Christian ministry, and practical theology. Graduates are given the tools needed to minister effectively in an ever-changing music ministry environment, and they are prepared for more specialized graduate study in music or Christian ministry. Coursework addresses congregational song, corporate worship, music ministry administration, worship technology, practical theology, music, worship and culture, and worship design.

Graduates with a degree in music and worship assume positions in local churches as musicians, music directors, worship leaders and administrators, in Christian schools as teachers and administrators, and in local or global church and parachurch organizations as leaders and staff members.

Students interested in APU's worship leader training are encouraged to speak with a School of Music faculty or staff member. Pursuit of this degree should be declared as soon as possible through One Stop: Undergraduate Registrar in order to begin academic planning.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes that facilitate greater student access to professors
  • Freedom to integrate faith and musicianship
  • Interaction with a variety of performance groups
  • Access to the greater Los Angeles area, which provides opportunities in many different venues including musicals, operas, church concerts, recording studios, orchestras, jazz bands, etc.

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.