Bachelors in Music – Music Ministry


The Bachelor of Science in Music with a concentration in Music Ministry will prepare you to serve in a church setting fulfilling the role of a worship pastor, leader, or director. Gain the professional skills needed to plan and facilitate worship experience, build, and administrate a worship department, and develop a biblically-based philosophy of worship. In addition to studies in modern styles of worship, supplementary courses will focus on traditional worship forms.

Why Music Ministry at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music Ministry program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU provides practical experience leading worship and playing in worship bands and/or chorale participation each semester of study
  • ACU’s music programs emphasize a strong foundation in theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction. Majority of music students are employed in churches before graduating
  • Ministry Internship at a local church
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Highly skilled and experienced faculty
  • Music students become a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • Opportunity to write, record, and perform original worship songs
  • Focus on functional and forward-looking course content to equip graduates for real jobs in a fast-changing culture

What will I study?

The Music Ministry program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas 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
  • Choral Arranging and Conducting
  • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
  • Worship Technologies used in worship and music production
  • Private Lessons
  • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline


Career Paths

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

  • Worship Pastor
  • Worship Leader
  • Music Director
  • Choir Director
  • Orchestra Director
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Touring and Recording Worship Artist
  • Contract Worship Leader
  • Music Instructor in Charter/Private School
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Music Missionary
  • Songwriter
  • Music Arranger
  • Composer
  • Music Producer


Department of Music

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

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Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of General Biblical and Theological Studies courses and 8 credits of foreign language courses. 3 credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required. Other major required courses are Applied Lessons (8 credits), Music – Chorale (4 credits) and Music – Conducting (3 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 ◊
MMN 300Band Leader3
MMN 323Worship View3
MMN 424Worship Desk3
MMN 497Internship1
MEC 100Chorale2
Choose OneMED 315 Instrumental Conducting *
MED 316 Choral Conducting *
MTC 331 Choral Arranging & Conducting ◊
MEP 100Praise Band2
___ ___Advisor Approved Music Elective2


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Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

Gerald Fercho

Music Department Chair

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Dr. Kira Rugen

Director of Choral Studies

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Martha Irvine

Vocal Instructor

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Meghan Ruel

Strings Director

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Libbie Kent

Associate Professor

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Juliana Witt

Piano Instructor

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Hunter Womble

Vocal Instructor

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