Become a Dynamic Worship Leader with APU’s Music and Worship Major

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Become an influential difference maker in worship leadership with Azusa Pacific’s Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship. A dynamic, expertly crafted curriculum prepares you for a career in worship-related fields, including worship leadership, songwriting, recording, performance, music production, and other areas of artistic ministry. Eight specializations allow you to customize your degree, and a unique Worship Studio program provides training in ensemble leadership, performance practice, and collaboration with guest artists. APU’s Music and Worship major is richly diverse in terms of worship styles and backgrounds, providing training for ministry across a broad spectrum of Christian traditions.

The music and worship program at APU is equipping our next generation of worship leaders, worship pastors, and music ministers. They are intentionally providing the foundational tools and theological training that will be necessary when leading an effective music ministry.

Nia Allen
Gospel Recording Artist, Worship Leader, and Songwriter

Every church needs a humble, theologically trained and musically excellent worship leader. These are the kind of leaders the APU Music and Worship program is working to raise up and the kind of leaders I’ve personally seen come out of the program. Their commitment to inspire students toward living a truly God-glorifying life makes it one of the great programs I’ve gotten to be a part of.

Tommy Walker
Internationally Acclaimed Songwriter and Worship Leader

I don‘t experience a warmer college atmosphere than when I am with the students at APU. The master class that I was privileged to lead went from a seminar to a worship experience, and I won’t soon forget it.

Jeromy Deibler
Singer, Songwriter, and Founder of Far From Home

The Church needs a place where creatives can explore, develop, and expand their abilities. This generation has a passion to reach others and connect with their stories, and APU empowers students to creatively do just that as they reclaim the arts for Christ.

Matthew Cork
Senior Pastor of Friends Church Yorba Linda and Superintendent of Friends Southwest Denomination

Internships Provide Real-World Experience and Valuable Connections

Benefit from the program’s strong connections with various churches, providing opportunities for real-world experience and, later, job placement. Learn from the wisdom and expertise of nationally recognized worship artists who regularly contribute to the program. APU music and worship graduates find their leadership abilities and excellent musicianship to be in high demand. Join the growing number of music and worship alumni serving in ministry around the world.

Program Highlights

  • Learn in small classes and hone your performance area in one-on-one lessons with world-class professors
  • Gain deep insight into the meaning of worship, how it nourishes the soul, and how we as artists and worship leaders can help cultivate that capacity in others
  • Engage in a unique Worship Studio program, designed to provide expertise in ensemble leadership, performance practice, and collaboration with guest artists
  • Participate in a successful internship program and benefit from real-world experience in your placement
  • Develop a strong network with alumni, faculty, and fellow students
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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 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.