• Student playing guitar and singing for worship service in East Chapel
  • Student walking by Sattler Hall, Music Department sign

Church music, though often similar in composition to many traditional and modern styles of music, incorporates unique elements and therefore requires specialized talents. This emphasis provides you with training for leadership in church music programs.


  • Courses include conducting and vocal pedagogy.
  • Internship opportunities provide practical experience and allow for hands-on learning and observation.

Career opportunities

This emphasis will prepare you to serve as a music ministry professional in roles such as leading worship or performances for a congregation.

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Required Courses (12-14 Units)

MUS 411Scoring and Arranging3
MUS 450Conducting I3
MUS 451Conducting II3
MUS 460Vocal Pedagogy2
MUS 493Church Music Internship1-3

Church music majors are required to pass Level 2 of the performance jury exam on their primary instrument. Church music majors should consider one academic year of participation in Handbell Choir.

Program director

Erik Leung
Erik Leung, D.M.A

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Music B.A.


Bethany Alvey
Bethany Alvey, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Music

Walter Saul
Walter Saul, D.M.A.

Professor, Music