Music and Ministry

Department of Music

Music and faith are richly intertwined. If you have a passion for sharing music and forming communities of worship, consider a concentration in music and ministry!


PLNU offers several majors in the Department of Music, including music, composition, music education, and vocal, piano, and instrumental performance. The Department also offers a major in music with a concentration in music and ministry. The core curriculum for all music majors is the same and includes courses in music history, music theory, world music, and faith, life, and music.

Earning a B.A. in music with a concentration in music and ministry requires courses in worship ministry, instrumental worship, hymnology, and more. In addition, it requires an internship. It is also recommended that students earn a minor in youth ministry, theatre, communication, or media communication.

Special Features

  • Recitals and concerts
  • Ensembles: Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Point Loma Singers, Choral Union, Chorale, Handbell Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and small chamber ensembles
  • Scholarships
  • Travel the world and the western United States as part of a performing ensemble
  • Point Loma String Project and the Point Loma Keyboard Institute, which help children and youth appreciate music

Career Opportunities

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Music teacher
  • Praise and worship leader
  • Graduate school
  • Minister of music
  • Music publishing
  • Music editing