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Music and Worship Major

Study Music and Worship at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll build experience in a successful internship program, grow connections with our vast network of worshiping communities, and hone your skills in one-on-one lessons with world-class professors. We make it possible to customize your area of study with eight specializations, for high placement rates in worship ministry and leadership positions. You’ll be ready for your calling—prepared for authentic work and Spirit-filled ministry in worship leadership.

Program at a Glance

The School of Music nurtures students’ faith and talents to develop and excel as world-class music professionals.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • February 23, 2024

Night at the Zu

  • March 14-15, 2024

Application Deadline

  • February 15, 2024: Priority deadline for Fall 2024
  • December 1, 2023: Priority deadline for Spring 2024

College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

Learn How to Apply

Program Units
92

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus)

 

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Student leading worship

Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Boost your résumé with firsthand internship experience in a worshiping community.
  • Build expertise in a unique Worship Studio program.
  • Collaborate with and learn from other outstanding musicians and colleagues.
  • Explore the meaning of worship and how it nourishes the soul.
  • Develop biblical literacy and theological discernment as worship leaders.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
13 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

 

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Julia Stone: Re-imaging Church Worship Music

Through her studies as a music and worship major, Julia Stone ’24 has discovered her calling to honor God by reimagining worship music.

Program Details

The music and worship major provides students with specialized training in the field of worship studies, and consists of preparation in music, worship, and theology. Graduates are given philosophical and practical tools needed to work effectively as vocational leaders in the field, while also being prepared for more specialized graduate studies. In addition to the music major core, coursework addresses worship arts leadership, technology, theology, culture, congregational song, worship design, and the practical tools needed for ensemble leadership and development.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your APU Undergraduate Application
  2. Select your music major (if applicable)
  3. When prompted, complete your music scholarship application via Get Acceptd and schedule your audition
  4. If eligible, complete your FAFSA (does not apply to international students)

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to audition as soon as possible for best consideration.

Auditions

All music students are encouraged to audition. Once a student has completed their APU Application and Get Acceptd Application, they will schedule an audition through the Get Acceptd platform.

2023-2024 Audition Dates:

  • October 20, 2023
  • November 3, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • January 19, 2024
  • February 9, 2024
  • February 23, 2024
  • March 15, 2024
  • April 5, 2024
  • April 9, 2024

Learn more about auditions and scholarships.

Priority Deadlines

Fall 2024 Applicants

February 15, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Fall 2024 Music Undergraduate Auditions. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application, their Get Acceptd scholarship application, and their audition to be considered for a Music Talent Scholarship.

Spring 2024 Applicants

December 1, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Spring 2024 Music Undergraduate Auditions. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application, their Get Acceptd scholarship application, and their audition by the deadline to ensure consideration.

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Applicants are encouraged to visit a class or meet with one of our professors. Just fill out a COTA Visitation Form to visit us and explore our programs further. We look forward to meeting you!

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Vocāre: A Five-Year Bachelor‘s to Master‘s in Pastoral Studies Program

With Azusa Pacific University’s Vocāre program, students may complete a Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship, as well as a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, in just five years, gaining the knowledge and skills to make an impact as a leader in a variety of ministry fields. Discover the Vocāre program

Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Coursework for the major includes studies in worship leadership, performance, artistic ministry, technology, music production, songwriting, spiritual formation, and theology. In addition, the following eight specializations allow you to complete more nuanced training in the area of your choice.

Vocal Performance

Designed expressly for the discerning artist who desires to develop expertise in vocal performance while studying worship leadership, this concentration provides the platform to cultivate the craft of performance.

Instrumental Performance

Often, instrumentalists are called upon to serve as Music Director for the worship team. This concentration prepares gifted musicians for vocational work in worship ministry, while also preparing them for freelance and entrepreneurial work in the field of instrumental performance.

Composing/Songwriting

Dedicated to the creatively minded musician, this concentration provides the skills and competencies needed for songwriters, composers, arrangers, and orchestrators.

Global Worship and Culture

If you sense a calling to missions and the global Church, this concentration provides a powerful educational platform for international ministry.

Music Production

A dynamic combination of curriculum in music business, music technology, and music production provides the skills and tools needed for those seeking ministry positions in the technical arts.

Christian Ministries

In addition to rigorous training in worship and the arts, the Christian ministries concentration provides relevant skills for pastoral ministry and practical theology.

Biblical Studies

Designed specifically for the musical theologian, this concentration provides the equivalent of a minor in biblical studies.

Fine Arts

Today’s churches often seek leaders who can facilitate artistic output and oversee visual aspects of communication. This concentration provides resourcing and tools for such a role, enabling the musician-artist to provide thoughtful and creative leadership.

  • Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
  • A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Featured Faculty

John E. Simons

John E. Simons

Interim Dean, College of the Arts; Professor, School of Music

Stephen Martin

Stephen Martin

Associate Professor; Director of Worship Studies; Director of the Angeles Worship Initiative

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Helena singing on stage

Helena Mayer ’20: Reaching the Lost Through Music

At just 25-years-old, Helena Mayer '20 has built a strong career as a musician. Her songs have been streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify and she performs four times a week for more than 9,000 followers on Twitch.​

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.

Related Programs

Theology Major

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Available Concentrations:

Church History, Systematic Theology

Biblical Studies Major

  • Azusa

Available Concentrations:

Biblical Archaeology, Biblical Hermeneutics

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