Prepare for Worship Leadership with APU’s Worship Major

APU’s Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship provides students with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry. Courses in theory, music history, literature, and conducting give the student a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship. Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship majors also receive worship leader training, participate in musical ensembles, attend and perform in recitals, and take voice and piano classes, gaining extensive, diverse musical experiences. Students also choose one of eight concentrations: biblical studies, Christian ministries, composing/songwriting, global worship and culture, music production, performance, visual art and graphic design, and youth ministries. Music and worship majors graduate with the artistic and practical preparation they need to start a musical career.

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 music and worship major are encouraged to speak with a School of Music faculty or staff member. Pursuit of the worship major should be declared as soon as possible through One Stop to begin academic planning. The School of Music also offers a Worship Leadership minor.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a music and worship major (B.M.) if you:

  • Are passionate about worship’s transformative role in the Church.
  • Are diligent and willing to put in extensive time and effort to hone your talent into skill.
  • Enjoy the creative process, including performing, writing and arranging music.
  • Desire to serve as a musician, music director, worship leader, or administrator in the Church.
  • May want to teach the art of music privately or at the college level.
  • May plan to pursue an advanced degree in music.
  • Seek thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.

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 WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.