Music and Worship Major

Music and Worship Major provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry and consists of academic preparation in music, worship, and theology. Graduates are given the tools needed to minister effectively in an ever-changing music ministry environment, and they are prepared for more specialized graduate studies in music or Christian ministry. Coursework addresses congregational song, corporate worship, worship arts leadership, worship technology, theology, worship and culture, and worship design. In addition, students choose from a variety of concentrations, including biblical studies, Christian ministries, composing/songwriting, global worship and culture, music production, performance, visual art and graphic design, and youth ministries.

Graduates with a degree in music and worship assume positions in local churches as musicians, music directors, worship leaders, and administrators; in Christian schools as teachers and administrators; and in local or global church and parachurch organizations as leaders and staff members.

Those interested in this degree should contact the School of Music as soon as possible to obtain an advisor and begin academic planning, then contact the Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center to declare music and worship as their major. Those who decide to major in music and worship should enroll in MUS 160 to begin their course of study.

General Education Requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship

GE 100First-Year Seminar3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
Social Science3
Humanities: Literature3
Natural Science4
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
Introduction to Philosophy
Core Texts in Philosophy
Core Texts in Philosophy
Upper-Division Bible Elective3
Doctrine Core3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Intercultural Competence3
Introduction to World Music (F/S)
Soul Music
Total Units40

Music and Worship Core Requirements

Piano Proficiency4
Music Theory12
Music Theory I (F/S, Fr, So) 1
Music Theory II (F/S, Fr, So)
Music Theory III (F/S, So, Jr)
Music Theory IV (F/S, So, Jr)
Practical Musicianship4
Practical Musicianship I (F/S, Fr, So)
Practical Musicianship II (F/S, Fr, So)
Practical Musicianship III (F/S, So, Jr)
Practical Musicianship IV (F/S, So, Jr)
Introduction to Conducting (F, Jr)
Choral Conducting (S, Jr)
Instrumental Conducting
Music History6
Writing 3: Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature (F/S, Jr) 2
Select one of the following
Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature (F, Jr)
Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature (F/S, Sr) 3
Applied Music16
(Must be in one area; must be enrolled in applied lessons each semester until degree is complete, F/S)
Ensemble Requirement 48
Other Requirements
MUS 296Introduction to Music Technology (F/S, Fr)2
MUS 210Performance Forum (F/S, 8 semesters)0
Music and Worship Courses
MUS 160Worship Leadership Formation (S, Fr)2
MUS 202Singing The Faith (F, Fr, So)3
MUS 203Languages of Worship (S, Fr, So)2
MUS 323Arranging and Rehearsal Technique (F/S)3
or MUS 423 Orchestration I
MUS 367Technology for Worship (F, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 375Worship Arts Leadership (F, Jr)2
MUS 376Worship Design (S, Jr)3
MUS 447Music and Worship Internship I (F/S, Sr)2
MUS 454Music and Worship Internship II/Capstone (F/S, Sr)2
MUS 491Senior Recital (F/S, Sr) 50
Total Units77

Music and Worship Concentrations

Students must select one of the following concentrations.

Biblical Studies Concentration

Choose 12 units in UBBL 3XX-UBBL 4XX courses in addition to General Education requirements12
Total Units12

Christian Ministries Concentration

MINC 200Introduction to Contemporary Christian Ministries3
WRIT 200Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice 13
MINC 318Theology and Practice of Ministry3
Select one of the following3
Evangelism and Discipleship
Effective Teaching in Christian Education
Principles of Preaching
Communicating the Gospel
Ministry Organization and Administration
Adult Development and Spiritual Formation
Topics in Ministry
Total Units12

Youth Ministries Concentration

MINC 200Introduction to Contemporary Christian Ministries3
WRIT 200Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice 13
Select two of the following6
Adolescent Development and Family Ministry
Theology and Practice of Ministry
Studying and Teaching the Bible
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
Adolescent Issues and Intervention
Topics in Ministry
Total Units12

Visual Art and Graphic Design Concentration

Select four of the following12
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Ceramics I
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Painting I
Introduction to Art 1
Photography I
Printmaking: Relief
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 2
Total Units12

Music Production Concentration

MUS 223Web-Based Tools2
MUS 327Audio I2
MUS 337Music Business I2
Select two of the following4
Score Preparation and Printing
Audio II
Music Business II
Music Career Development
Production Techniques
Music Elective2
Total Units12

Composing/Songwriting Concentration

MUS 322Score Preparation and Printing2
MUS 324Songwriting2
MUS 423Orchestration I (F/S, Jr, Sr)3
MUS 428Arranging II (S, Jr, Sr)2
Applied Composition (4 units of Applied Music must be in Composition and counted above)0
Select three units of the following3
Counterpoint (S, Jr, Sr)
Intermediate Logic Pro
20th Century Compositional Techniques (S, Jr, Sr)
Form and Analysis (F, Jr, Sr)
Production Techniques
Additional Applied Composition Units
Total Units12

 Performance Concentration

MUS 434Piano Pedagogy (OS)2
or MUS 440 Instrumental Pedagogy
or MUS 443 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 348Song Literature Survey2
or MUS 417 Organ Literature I
or MUS 429 Piano Literature I
or MUS 452 Instrumental Music Literature
or MUS 456 Choral Literature
Select 8 units from the following8
Diction for Singers I
and Diction for Singers II
Keyboard Improvisation
Guitar Fingerboard Harmony (OF)
Jazz and Commercial Ensemble
and Jazz and Commercial Ensemble (F/S)
Commercial Styles I
and Commercial Styles II
Jazz Improvisation Workshop
and Jazz Improvisation Workshop (F/S)
Instrumental Collaboration for Pianists (ES)
Vocal Collaboration for Pianists (OF)
Service Playing
Introduction to Acting
Chamber Ensemble Fall and Spring
Total Units12

Global Worship and Culture Concentration

MINC 110Introduction to Intercultural Christian Ministries3
MUS 201Introduction to World Music 13
MUS 302Soul Music 13
Select one of the following3
Music of Latin America
Music of Asia
Music of Africa
Total Units12

Course Requirements Legend

Course Requirement Availability: Recommended Year:
F = Offered every fall Fr = Freshman
S = Offered every spring So = Sophomore
E = Even Year Jr = Junior
O = Odd Year Sr = Senior

Music Theory Proficiency

The Music Theory Placement Examination is given to incoming students who are not transferring credit for Music Theory I from another college or university. This examination measures the student’s background in music theory and ensures placement at the appropriate level. The examination is normally taken online. Students who are not ready for Music Theory I take MUS 120, and upon successful completion of MUS 120, begin the music theory sequence in the next semester. Music theory is taken in sequential order (I, II, III, IV). Before advancing to the next level, a grade of C or better is required. If a C or better is not achieved at any level, the course must be repeated.

Practical Musicianship

Practical musicianship is taken in sequential order (I, II, III, IV). Before advancing to the next level, a grade of C or better is required. If a C or better is not achieved at any level, the course must be repeated.

Piano Proficiency

Each student must register for a piano class or Applied Piano until the Piano Proficiency Examination is passed. Examination fact sheets are available in the School of Music office. Students will not be cleared to graduate until they have passed the proficiency examination, which is usually met at the conclusion of MUS 106.

Grade-point Average

Music students must maintain a 2.5 GPA for all upper-division music classes (those classified as 300- and 400-level). Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 or who are on probation are not eligible to participate in a performing group other than Masterworks Chorale.

Performance Forum

MUS 210 meets every Monday at 4:20 p.m. and features a variety of presentations including student recitals, guest artists, and lecturers. Music students must be continuously enrolled in Performance Forum for eight semesters. This class is graded pass/fail based on attendance. Students who do not pass the course will be required to take MUS 353 Concert Music to make up the deficiency. Transfer students must enroll in MUS 210 and an approved ensemble every semester in attendance, up to eight semesters.

Recital Performance

Music and worship majors must present a solo performance annually in either a studio recital, performance forum student recital, or senior recital. In the case of a student who is taking instruction in more than one applied area, recital performance is required only in the primary applied area.

All students must take applied jury each semester. Students giving senior recitals should follow the guidelines in the Azusa Pacific University School of Music Recital Confirmation Packet (available through the School of Music office).

Applied Music

  1. Students must take at least 16 units in one applied area.
  2. Students must take at least 1 unit of applied lessons each semester, even if the minimum number of units for their emphasis has been met. Students must take 2 units of applied lessons the semester of their senior recital (capstone project).
  3. Jury examinations are required each semester for all students taking private lessons. Presentation of a junior or senior recital fulfills this requirement.
  4. All students, in conjunction with the instructor, are responsible for selecting an accompanist for juries by the indicated deadlines. There are three ways to select an accompanist:
    1. Faculty may request an accompanist with the Accompanist Request Form available in the School of Music office by the indicated deadlines.
    2. Faculty may request a specific accompanist by submitting an Accompanist Request Form available in the School of Music office by the indicated deadlines.
    3. If no Accompanist Request Form is submitted, or is requested after the published deadlines, faculty members are responsible to make arrangements for their students.
  5. Private lessons:
    1. Grades for private lessons are issued based on a minimum of 12 lessons per semester. The grade will be lowered if the student attends fewer than the minimum of 12 lessons. Additionally, if the student does not meet the mandatory annual solo performance requirement, an F will be assigned for the spring semester applied grade.
    2. The area director will assign an instructor.
    3. When the student is ill and notifies the teacher in advance, a makeup lesson will be rescheduled if possible. “No-show” students do not receive makeup lessons.

Voice Class

All music majors without voice as their major performance area must take one semester of Voice Class or Private Voice.

Upper-division Concentration

Music and worship students must earn a grade of C or higher in all of their upper-division concentration classes. Otherwise, the course(s) must be repeated.

Ensemble Requirement

In each of eight semesters as music majors, students must participate in an appropriate performance ensemble. The information for the appropriate ensemble for each degree and concentration is clearly articulated in the Undergraduate Music Student Handbook and further communicated through the music student advisement process. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement. Transfer students must participate in a performance ensemble each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate a philosophy and theology of worship.
  2. Articulate an understanding of the role of spiritual formation in the vocation of worship leadership and artistic ministry.
  3. Demonstrate and articular an historical, philosophical, and theological knowledge of congregational song.
  4. Synthesize historical, philosophical, and theological components of church music ministry in a practical context.
  5. Demonstrate pastoral skills and leadership ability in a practical context.
  6. Articulate and thoughtfully integrate understanding of the Church Year into the context of corporate worship planning.
  7. Articulate a philosophy and theology of artistic expression in the church.
  8. Describe current worship practices and trends in the church on a local and global level.
  9. Develop fluencies in worship technologies.
  10. Articulate the various facets of worship arts administration.