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Department of Music & Theatre

Music—Music Ministry Emphasis


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 - 127 credits

required for program

125 - 127 credits

125 - 127 credits

required for program

Combine comprehensive musical training with biblical theology for effective church ministry. You will learn to think critically, perform musically, and lead others in worship.

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of seniors feel well prepared for their first job in the field

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of seniors of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare

Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for this major. Auditions are held during the spring semester. You must be admitted to both Northwestern and the Department of Music & Theatre in order to major in music. Please refer to the Music Admissions & Scholarships for audition requirements and dates.

Why study music ministry at Northwestern?

Learn from highly credentialed music faculty, seasoned performers, noted educators, sought-after conductors, and acclaimed composers who are dedicated to your musical excellence.

You can participate in competitions and perform on regional, national, and international tours while building your education on Northwestern’s 115+ year history as a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. Christian faculty will help you to grow in your faith and your music.

All Northwestern music degrees hold accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music, the principal U.S. accreditor for higher education in music.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving music industries.

If you enjoy vocal or instrumental music, are passionate about church ministry, and are interested in a career in music, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to think critically, perform musically, and grow closer to God.

Some classes include:

  • Ministry Foundations
  • Theology of Worship
  • Leading Worship
  • Church Internship
  • Private Lessons

Considering a double major?

The Bachelor of Science in Music with an emphasis in Music Ministry major works well as a double major with a B.S. in Ministry with a Worship and Creative Arts concentration or a B.S. in Youth and Emerging Adult Studies with a Worship and Creative Arts concentration. See the Chair of the Department of Christian Ministries for details and advising.

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My education is woven into every aspect of what I'm currently doing as a worship leader. All of my Bible knowledge and music training are used in everyday life!
Natalie Cromwell
Adjunct Instructor: Music Ministry

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Department of Music & Theatre

Totino Fine Arts Center, F2224
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

Music: 651-631-5158 or Theatre: 651-286-7536

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