APU Band

About the School of Music

At Azusa Pacific University, students flourish in an environment that supports musical excellence and artistic integrity firmly grounded in Christian faith. APU music students experience a unique blend of academic rigor, experiential learning, and personal support that sets them apart. The inherent confidence that springs from such an education results in relevant and meaningful performance and service opportunities.

Ranked Among the Top Music Schools and Programs

Azusa Pacific’s School of Music programs have been recognized among the nation’s Top 30 Master’s in Music Programs by Best Value Schools and 10 Best Music Schools in California by Music School Central. Additionally, Intelligent.com ranked the MA in Music Entrepreneurship among the nation’s Best Master’s in Entrepreneurship Degree Programs.


Faculty foster a collaborative community of scholar musicians, mentoring individuals and elevating ensembles with a holistic approach that seeks complete personal growth – musical, spiritual, and academic. Learn more about the expertise and scholarly activity of the School of Music faculty.

The Culture of Los Angeles

APU’s proximity to Los Angeles gives students a distinct advantage. As a microcosm of global culture, the L.A. area serves as an extended classroom where students can experience and participate in rich musical offerings. APU’s strong connections with major recording studios, orchestras, and music halls acts as a conduit between students and the professional music community.


A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally. The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Additionally, the School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Mission Statement

The School of Music at Azusa Pacific University seeks to use God’s gift of music to develop musicians of character and competence in an environment of excellence, balance, and integrity.

Note: This information is current for the 2024-25 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.