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

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.