• 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.

Prerequisites (6 Units)

MUS 101Elements of Musicianship*3
MUS 103
ART 110
Introduction to American Popular Music
or Art Appreciation
or 3

*Prerequisite for MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.

NOTE: Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab. For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS 131 - Piano Class or MUS 135 - Private Instruction in Piano, followed by MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship.

Required Courses (43-47 Units)

MUS 110Music Theory and Aural Skills3
MUS 110LMusic Theory and Aural Skills Lab1
MUS 210Music Theory and Counterpoint3
MUS 210LMusic Theory and Counterpoint1
MUS 310Music Theory and Analysis3
MUS 310LMusic Theory and Analysis Lab1
MUS 349Music Research1
MUS 350Early Music History3
MUS 351Music History: 1725-19003
MUS 352Music History and World Music Since 19004
MUS 400Music in the Church3
MUS 410Music Theory Since Debussy3
MUS 410LMusic Theory Since Debussy Lab1
MUS 411Scoring and Arranging3
MUS 450Conducting I3
MUS 451Conducting II3
MUS 460Vocal Pedagogy2
MUS 493Church Music Internship1 - 3
MUS 495
MUS 497
Senior Project
or Senior Project in Music Composition
1 - 3
1 - 3

Successful completion of Level 1 on the student’s primary instrument is a prerequisite for MUS 310 - Music Theory and Analysis.

Music history courses should be preceded by MUS 110 - Music Theory and Aural Skills and MUS 110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills Lab and MUS 349 - Music Research.

Applied Music (Private Instruction) (8 Units)

Enrollment in private music instruction in the student’s primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upper- division units) on the same instrument.

Ensemble (16 Units Minimum)

Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles

MUS 115Vocal Performance Workshop2
MUS 116Concert Choir2
MUS 123Symphonic Band2

Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles

MUS 114Crosswind2
MUS 117San Joaquin Chorale2
MUS 118Vocal Ensemble (Women’s Chorale, Men’s Chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)2
MUS 120Brass Choir Strings, Handbells, Flutes (Brass Choir, or other approved instrumental ensemble)2
MUS 121Jazz Band2
MUS 127Woodwind Ensembles (Flute Choir, Sax Quartet, Woodwind Quintet)2
MUS 208Pacific Bronze Handbell Choir2

Additional Requirements

All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Enrollment in Piano Proficiency Class (MUS 132) or Private Piano Instruction (MUS 135) is required until the exam is passed. Transfer students who have passed the piano proficiency test at another institution are required to pass the FPU piano proficiency exam as well.

Level Exams: Passing the Level 1 exam signals official admittance into the music department as a music major and is a prerequisite for admittance to Music Theory and Analysis (MUS 310). The Level 2 exam must be passed at least one semester prior to the senior recital (MUS 495 - Senior Project, MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition).

During the final year of study, graduating music majors are required to present a senior performance recital. Students will register for MUS 495 - Senior Project or MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition during the semester of the scheduled recital. A portfolio chronicling the student’s activities in music is due the semester of graduation. The portfolio is especially important for music education majors.

Keyboard majors and church music majors are encouraged to take one semester of organ instruction during their years of college study. Keyboard majors may be asked to accompany voice or instrumental students for rehearsals and student recitals.

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

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Jeffrey Wilson, DMA

Program Director, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities


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Christa Pehl Evans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Music