Music and Worship, B.A.

Program Overview

Do you love the ways in which music and faith are richly intertwined? Do you have a passion for sharing music and forming communities of worship? Can you imagine yourself using your gifts and talents to serve God and all his people? If so, you should consider a degree in music with a concentration in music and ministry.

PLNU students of music and ministry learn to become musicians who can work in any worship situation, whether it be at a liturgical church service or in a worship band, and develop the tools to prepare and conduct worship services.

With a concentration in music and ministry, you can look forward to courses in worship ministry, instruments of worship, hymnology, and more. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to complete a semester-long internship where you will be placed in a church music ministry setting and given leadership responsibilities with the support of a professional music staff member. A minor in youth and family ministries, theatre, communication, or media communication is a great supplement to this area of study.


For music and ministry alum Josh Miller, his time at PLNU can be described as a journey toward "a life of excellence."

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For information about the courses required for the Music and Worship, B.A. program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

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At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

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Career Opportunities

With a degree from PLNU’s music program, you will be well prepared to pursue both graduate studies and an array of career options that will allow you to live out your passion for music while making a lasting impact in the lives of those who hear it.

A Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in music and ministry can lead to careers such as:

  • Praise and worship leader
  • Minister of music
  • Youth minister
  • Music director
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocalist
  • Composer
  • Music therapist
  • Music teacher
  • Music publisher
  • Music editor

Music and ministry as a career

Jobs in the music industry will remain steady, but competitive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 1% from 2019 to 2029. However, with the knowledge you’ll gain from your music studies, you’ll be prepared for many jobs within the music industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of broadcast, sound, and video technicians is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029.

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What can you do with a music and ministry degree?

If you are passionate about music and ready to dedicate your life to it, once you graduate PLNU with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in music and ministry, you will be prepared to seek out a musically centered career that suits you, your interests, and specializations. 

The following are examples of positions people with degrees in music with a concentration in music and ministry may hold: 

Worship Director 

2020 Median annual salary $38,288

Worship directors are primarily responsible for planning the weekly liturgy by choosing and organizing the music to be played at each worship service. They prepare and assemble musicians to lead the congregation in worship. Worship directors often work closely with pastoral staff to create a worship service that correlates with the message of a sermon. 

What it takes to be a worship director:

  • Knowledge of Scripture 
  • Organization and administration skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Humility

Minister of Music 

2020 Median annual salary $58,398

Ministers of music work to encourage and recruit members of the congregation of any age to join musical group activities such as handbells, chimes, choral groups, or orchestral groups and bands. They also lead the congregation in worship music during church services. Ministers of music often are responsible for organizing and leading the church's children’s music ministry. They also sometimes work with other churches or music groups to exchange and join talents to foster a community of Christ through the love of music.  


2020 Median annual salary $52,752

Singer/songwriters are talented and dedicated musicians who play one or more musical instruments or sing. They read, write, perform, and record their music in a variety of environments, such as live performances, on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following are the industries with the highest levels of employment of musicians and singers:

  • Performing arts companies
  • Religious organizations
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools
  • Independent artists, writers, and performers

Music and ministry as more than just a degree

By graduating from PLNU with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in music and ministry, you will leave with a better understanding of music, technology, religion, and worship. 

A music degree with a concentration in music and ministry provides you with extensive knowledge of leading, organizing, and performing worship music while also equipping you with a high level of professionalism that will aid you on whatever path you choose to take. 

Start off on a strong note, and apply to PLNU today. To learn more, get connected with one of our counselors for additional support and to answer any questions you may have.