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

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 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.