Music and Worship Arts (B.A.)

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Music & Worship Arts Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Music Department innovated its Music and Worship Arts Bachelor degree, the first one in Minnesota, 10 years ago. The Christ-centered program remains one-of-a-kind.

The six-month internship, during which junior-year students work alongside a worship pastor in the U.S. or abroad, uniquely prepares them for real-life ministry while still in college. The music department’s global missionary scope also ensures students learn and practice intercultural mores and music, whether taking a position overseas or close to home in a church where inter-cultural congregations are becoming the norm.

Over their course of study, students acquire insights into diverse musical styles and expressions used in a variety of modern worship settings, from classical, to contemporary, to cultural. They explore the ways in which technology is deployed in today’s churches. Students develop their performance and conducting skills, study theory, and receive comprehensive musical training. They also develop an understanding of the relational dynamics of a team, along with leadership skills.

Because the Music and Worship BA equips new generations of worship leaders, coursework emphasizes leadership training. In addition, the semester-long internship, during which they collaborate with worship leaders and church staff, students serve on worship teams at Crown College and in area churches.

The music department has been graduating BA in Music and Worship Arts students for a decade, all of whom have been placed.


At Crown College, well over 90% of our new graduates are employed or continuing their education in a master’s degree program.

The Office of Career Development at Crown is here to help you with your future career and can assist with resume development, career counseling, internships, and job placement. We encourage you to visit the office during your first year to begin planning your internship opportunities as well as developing a professional network.

Music and Worship Arts Major (B.A.) Courses

Program Requirements

Christian Studies Core

I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits

General Education Core

II. General Education - 40 Credits

Major Core

IV. Electives - 19 Credits*

At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.

Students may choose a Music concentration or add a minor from another department.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Total - 125-145 Credits *

  • Students must complete and submit a Worship Arts Reference Form and audition for the program prior to acceptance.
  • Students must be accepted into the Music Program by the end of their sophomore year.
  • The following ensembles count toward performance credits: MUS 366 , MUS 371 , MUS 373A , MUS 377 , MUS 383 , and MUS 384 .
  • Piano Lab: Students must take Piano Lab their first year and then private instruction for 1 or 0 credits until the piano proficiency level for their program has been met. Entering students who have a proficiency that surpasses Piano Lab may choose to test out of the class and move directly to private instruction.
  • Worship Arts students must earn at least 4 performance credits from a major performance organization. No more than 3 credits may be earned from a ministry team.

1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  also qualifies as a fine arts elective. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

4 Music and Worship Arts majors must have seven (7) satisfactory semesters of Music Hour. Transfer students must complete a Music Hour credit for every semester enrolled in the Music Department at Crown College except during internship. Their final semester, students take MUS 490  instead of MUS 090 .

5 Students are required to have 7 semesters of private lessons on their major instruments and must enroll in private lessons on their instrument each semester until their recital.

6 Participation in a major ensemble (as approved by the Music Department) relating to their major instrument for 4 semesters is required. Music and Worship Art majors may fulfill this requirement with Team Participation or Ministry Team for a maximum of three semesters.

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Music and Worship Arts Major

Freshman Year

Fall Semester - 16 Credits

Spring Semester - 16 Credits

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester - 16 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

Departmental Acceptance

Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Music and Worship Arts major.

Junior Year

Fall Semester - 17 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

Senior Year

Fall Semester - 15 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

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