Bachelor of Science in Music


The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in general music is a comprehensive program designed to equip students for advanced studies in music. Conventional music coursework with appropriate music ensemble experiences are emphasized. The program will prepare students for graduate school, teaching, ministry, and other professional careers.

Why Music at ACU?

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

  • ACU music programs emphasize a strong foundation in music theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction
  • Highly skilled and experienced faculty
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • ACU Music students are a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Students will complete coursework necessary to qualify for graduate degree programs
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture

What will I study?

The Music 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:

  • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
  • Music History
  • Conducting
  • Counterpoint
  • Orchestration
  • Form and Analysis
  • Music elective classes including Music based Technology, Composition and Arranging, Worship, and Education and Methods classes
  • Private Lessons
  • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline


Career Paths

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

  • Music Education
  • Commercial Music
  • Music Production
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Technology
  • Ministry
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Recording


    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 – Music: 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 ◊