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

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 in the field who provide ongoing mentorship and training. Faculty with extensive background in worship leadership and pastoral ministry help to guide and mentor students along their journey through the program.

Practical Training and Thorough Preparation

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. Throughout their time in the program, students participate in Worship Arts Forum, a uniquely crafted time for development alongside vocational professionals and active leaders in worship ministry.

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.

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, and scholars have helped design and shape the Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship. As a result, this degree is uniquely suited to prepare graduates for discerning leadership in the exciting field of worship ministry.

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
  • Develop biblical literacy and theological discernment as leaders in worship
  • Learn collaborative leadership alongside other outstanding musicians and colleagues
  • 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

U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2023 edition named Azusa Pacific to its list of top national universities and several other significant lists, including First-Year Experiences and Top Performers on Social Mobility. The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 126 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2023 Best Colleges guide. APU’s School of Nursing was named a top nursing school in California for 2023 by College Factual and Niche. APU was included as a top-100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Azusa Pacific is also a Military Friendly School and 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 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.