Minor in Music


The Minor in Music is designed to equip you for advanced studies in music and help you grow in your God-given talent. You will gain a strong foundation in Music Theory, Music History, Conducting, Ensemble Performance, and focused study of Primary Instrument. The program will prepare you for graduate school, teaching, ministry, and other professional careers.

Why Music at ACU?

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

  • ACU’s music program emphasizes a strong foundation in theory, sight-singing, private voice and instrumental instruction, and history
  • Highly accomplished and esteemed faculty
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Music students become a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in ensemble bands each semester
  • Students will complete the coursework necessary to qualify for graduate degree programs
  • 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 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:

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


Department of Music

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

(602) 489-5300

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Standalone Minor 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
MUS 193Music Theory I3
MUP 101Class Piano I (may be substituted with MPP 105 with instructor approval )1
MUS 194Sight Singing/Dictation I1
Music Instruction (Choose 9 credits)
MMN 300Band Leader3
MMN 301Worship Leader3
MMN 323Worship View3
MMN 424Worship Desk3
MUS 250Diction for Singers I3
MED ___Conducting Elective (MED 315 or 316)3
MED___Pedagogy (Vocal, Piano or Guitar)3
MED___Music Education Methods (Choral, Instrumental, or General Music)3
MUP 302Pop/Rock Voice & Mic Technique1
MUP 303Jazz Voice & Improvisation1
MUP 304Worship Voice & Self Accompanying1
MUP 305Musical Theater Voice & Acting1
MUS 293-493Music Theory II-IV (3 hrs. each)3
MUP 201-401Class Piano II-IV (1 hr. each)2
MUS 294-494Sight Singing/Dictation II-IV (1 hr. each)1
MUS 341-342Music History I-II (3 hrs. each)3
MTC 240Class Composition2
MTE 220Computer Based Music Production3
MTE 221Music Production with Logic Pro2
MTE 330Mixing and Mastering3
MTE 335Songwriting & Demo Production3
Applied Lessons (Choose 3 credits)
ML_ __Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Instrument, Composition (1 hr. each)3
Music Performance Ensembles (Choose 4 credits)
MEC 100Chorale (1 hr.each)4
MEV 300Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1 hr. each)4
MEP 100Praise Band (1 hr. each)4
MEJ 300Jazz Band (1 hr. each)4
MES 100Instrumental Ensemble (1 hr.each)4
MER 100Drumline (1 hr. each)4
MUP 371Musical Theater: Performance (1-3 hrs. each)4


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Standalone Minor


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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