Bachelor of Science in Music – Concentration in Modern Worship


The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Modern Worship prepares aspiring worship leaders for employment in modern Church settings. The program is designed to equip musicians toward biblical centered worship, skilled musicianship, effective leadership, administrative competence, and integrated music technologies.

Why Modern Worship at ACU?

With highly qualified Christian Faculty teaching biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU provides practical instruction with “hands-on” opportunities for worship leading, instrumental performances, and weekly praise band sessions
  • ACU music programs emphasize a strong foundation in music theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction
  • ACU is the only Christian University in Arizona that offers a worship degree which includes all music coursework required for a BS in Music
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Highly skilled and experienced faculty
  • ACU Music students are a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU Music students are highly recruited for employment in local churches, even before graduation
  • Students are encouraged to write, record, and perform original worship songs
  • Students have access to recording and production facilities
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Ministry Internships at local congregations
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture

What will I study?

The Modern Worship program includes an innovative CORE General Studies program with integrated Biblical Studies minor. This unique program embraces a Biblical worldview of the Liberal Arts and prepares students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas and courses will include:

  • Worship Leader – Develop skills needed to lead people in worship
  • Worship View – Develop a personal and biblically-based philosophy of worship
  • Band Leader – Lead a praise band and develop rehearsal techniques
  • Worship Desk – Build and manage a worship department; service planning
  • Songwriting, Recording, and Arranging
  • Worship Technologies used in worship and music production
  • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
  • Private Lessons
  • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline


Career Paths

With a degree in Music – Modern Worship, graduates can pursue diverse careers including:

  • Worship Leader
  • Music Director (MD)
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Touring and Recording Worship Artist
  • Contract Worship Leader
  • Choir Director
  • Songwriter
  • Music Arranger
  • Composer
  • Music Producer
  • Recording Studio Engineer
  • Music Instructor in Charter/Private School
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Music Missionary


    Department of Music

    Arizona Christian University
    Building 2500
    1 W. Firestorm Way
    Glendale, AZ 85306

    (602) 489-5300

    [email protected]

    Academic Major Courses

    Core requirements: 30 credits
    General Biblical and Theological Studies: 15 credits
    Upper Division Bible and Theological Studies electives: 3 credits
    Science w/lab: 8 credits
    Music Core w/Applied Lessons: 45 credits
    Music Concentration – Modern Worship: 19 credits
    Free Electives: 6 credits

    Total: 126 credits
    CourseCourse NameCredits
    MUP 101Class Piano I1
    MUS 193Music Theory I3
    MUS 194Sight Singing/Dictation I1
    MUP 201Class Piano II1
    MTE 220Computer Based Music Production3
    MUS 293Music Theory II3
    MUS 294Sight Singing/Dictation II1
    MUP 301Class Piano III1
    MUS 342Music History & Literature II3
    MUP 360Junior Recital1
    MUS 393Music Theory III3
    MUS 394Sight Singing/Dictation III1
    MUP 401Class Piano IV1
    MUS 493Music Theory IV3
    MUS 494Sight Singing/Dictation IV1
    MUS 490Music Capstone3
    ML_ 111Applied Lessons: _________________8
    MEC 100Chorale4
    Choose OneMED 315 Instrumental Conducting *
    MED 316 Choral Conducting *
    MTC 331 Choral Arranging & Conducting ◊
    MEP 100Praise Band4
    MMN 300Band Leader3
    MMN 301Worship Leader3
    MMN 323Worship View3
    MMN 424Worship Desk3
    MMN 497Internship1
    MTE ___Technology Elective2