traditional undergraduate on campus

Music and Worship

Designed for students who are called to work as a full-time or bivocational worship leader, the Bachelor of Science in music and worship equips students to lead and shepherd congregations to glorify God through music and worship.

Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in music and worship equips students with a strong foundation in worship theology, spiritual formation, servant leadership, worship methodology, music theory and musical performance. This degree prepares the worship professional to become a skilled worship artist, worship leader and/or worship pastor who shepherds a local church congregation to glorify God through music and worship.

Program Benefits

  • Study with world-class and highly-acclaimed professional practitioners.
  • Enrich your calling with skills and training needed to serve in the local church.
  • Enjoy engaging classes and a thriving campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and invaluable educational experiences in Nashville, where Music City is your classroom.

What to Expect

This degree gives students the academic and theological training needed to honor their calling while establishing an effective long-term ministry. Our innovative bachelor's in music and worship equips students with holistic training in music, theology and leadership.

While completing their coursework, students are actively engaged in educational ministry activity, with opportunities to participate in worship bands, internships, intensive training and practical labs. These experiences add to the professional resumé and portfolio students construct throughout the program, providing a competitive edge in a job market that encompasses the broader evangelical community.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. You'll earn your music and worship degree in a supportive Christian community with engaging classes and a caring faculty.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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  • Equip students to work as professional music and worship leaders in the local church and broader evangelical community
  • Provide students with “real-life” ministry opportunities in music and worship
  • Prepare the students as skilled worship artists and music performers
  • Develop student music and worship competencies so that they will be accepted into a graduate worship studies degree program

Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio. Students are taught how to craft and present a professional resumé, enter into a job interview with confidence and design and lead worship in multiple settings.

Students may choose a specific area of career focus with minor programs. These include (but are not limited to): 

  • Jazz studies
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
  • Recording technology
  • Musical theatre
  • Social work
  • Youth ministry
  • Children’s ministry
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial studies
  • Religion (of special interest to those seeking full ordination in the Church of the Nazarene)

Career Opportunities

With a bachelor's in music and worship, students are equipped to serve in ministerial, directing or teaching roles like these:

  • Worship pastor
  • Worship associate
  • Administrative pastor
  • Minister of music
  • Children’s worship pastor
  • Student worship pastor
  • Church media director
  • Orchestra director
  • Worship band leader

Many students complete this degree as a bridge to the Doctor of Education in leadership (Ed.D.) program.

"I learned how to plan and lead worship from a platform, of course; but even more valuable to me is that I learned how to lead people with the heart of a servant when I wasn’t on the platform. You don’t learn that everywhere, but that principle is in every fiber of every class you take."

Jordan Guthrie Trevecca graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee?
No. It’s free to apply!
What are the requirements to be admitted into the program?

Prospective students in the Bachelor of Science in music and worship program are required to demonstrate competence and skill in one or more areas of music performance. 

Contact the School of Music and Worship Arts offices for details at 615.248.1288, or ask your admissions counselor for more information.

Are there different areas of focus students can choose from?
Yes! Students may choose a specific area of career focus with minor programs that are designed as 15 to 18-hour programs. They include but are not limited to: Jazz studies, composition, songwriting,  recording technology, musical theatre, social work, youth ministry, children’s ministry, marketing, business, leadership, entrepreneurial studies and more. Of special interest to those seeking to complete ordination in the Church of the Nazarene is the minor in religion.
Do I really need a degree in music and worship to get a full-time job as a worship leader or worship pastor?

Worship leading and/or the role of a worship artist is a dynamic, ever-changing career. While a talented musician might secure a job in a local ministry as a worship leader, preparation for long-term employment in a large ministry will require significant credentials as a worship professional. That means that the worship leader or worship pastor in today’s evangelical culture must be equally equipped and skilled as both a musician and a worship theologian.

Additionally, those with credentials in music and worship often secure employment with a significantly higher compensation package. During the past 12 to 15 years, more pastors, church personnel search committees and other hiring decision-makers have sought worship leaders with undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and worship.

Does this bachelor’s degree in music and worship prepare me for graduate studies?

Yes. Students graduating with Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in music and worship are fully qualified to pursue graduate degrees, including but not limited to: master’s in worship studies, music and worship, worship and leadership and in worship arts.

Is the Bachelor of Science in music and worship also considered as a music degree?

Yes. This program of study is approved and accredited as a music degree with the National Association of Schools of Music.

Can I transfer into this program after finishing a two-year program at a community or junior college music program?

Yes. Trevecca will accept general education and music courses from an accredited community or junior college program. Trevecca will also accept music courses completed at any college or university holding membership with the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Does Trevecca have scholarships available for students pursuing this degree?

Yes. Incoming freshmen and transfer students may apply for a Music and Worship scholarship. Find out more and apply.

What is the job outlook for students graduating with a degree in music and worship?

There are great job opportunities available for students who have a degree in music and worship. Currently, there are more than 5,000 job openings for worship pastors, worship leaders and worship technology specialists in churches and the broader evangelical community. These include positions in a variety of denominational and nondenominational church and parachurch settings. The growing job demand outpaces the availability of trained, credentialed, and skilled personnel to lead worship, so students holding this degree will enter the job search with an advantage.