Programs Bachelor of Science in Music – Concentration in Music Ministry - Arizona Christian University

Bachelor of Science in Music – Concentration in Music Ministry


The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Music Ministry will prepare students to serve in church or ministry settings as worship pastor, worship leader, or music director. Gain professional skills to: plan and facilitate worship experiences; build and manage worship arts department; develop 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?

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
  • Ministry Internships at local congregations
  • 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
  • Students are encouraged to write, record, and perform original worship songs
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture

What will I study?

The Music Ministry 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
  • 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, String Ensemble, 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 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 Ministry: 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 ◊
    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