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

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The Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship has been expertly designed to prepare servant-leaders for authentic work and Spirit-filled ministry in the dynamic field of worship leadership. Our undergraduates are prepared to lead with excellence and humility through comprehensive training in: biblical study, theology, musicianship, spiritual formation, worship design, pastoral ministry, studio work, and internship experience.

Music and worship majors are regularly exposed to leaders and scholars in the field, such as Jeremy Begbie, Glenn Packiam, David Bailey, Matt Redman, Propaganda, Tommy Walker, Casey J, Abraham Laboriel, Leon Timbo, Smitty Price, and many more. Regular mentorship is provided by exceptional faculty with extensive background in worship leadership and pastoral ministry.

Throughout their time in the program, students participate in Worship Arts Forum, a uniquely crafted time for development alongside student colleagues and vocational professionals. A groundbreaking Worship Studio program provides practical training in worship leadership, collaborative musicianship, ensemble experience, and performance practice skills in a variety of worship genres.

In addition, eight specializations allow each student to customize their area of study. This holistic approach has resulted in high placement rates for program graduates in worship ministry and leadership positions.

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

APU remains connected to a vast network of vibrant worshipping churches and communities. These connections provide undergraduates with outstanding ministry experience, serving as catalytic moments for growth in personal leadership and vocational opportunity. As a result, APU alumni now lead in churches around the globe.

Crafted by Ministry Leaders and Industry Experts

Exceptional worship leaders, pastors, scholars, and industry leaders have helped design and shape the Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship, including Tommy Walker, Nia Allen, Stephen Martin, John Simons, Stephen Johnson, David Gaulton, John Sutton, Carolynne Brown, Justin Christian, Christy Semsen, and Eric Mathis.

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 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.