Become a Leader in Transformational Worship with APU’s Music and Worship Major

Become an influential difference maker through worship with Azusa Pacific’s Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship. Gain the knowledge and tools you need to lead worship in a way that is transformational and transcendent. A dynamic, expertly crafted curriculum prepares you for a career in worship-related fields, including worship leadership, songwriting, audio recording, and music publishing. Eight specializations allow you to customize your degree to your calling. 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 unique forums dedicated to worship arts leadership
  • 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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Make a Difference in Worship

Download the Music and Worship major brochure to learn more about how the program prepares students for a wide range of opportunities in worship design, leadership, and service.

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 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.