School of Church Music

Who says only preachers can teach the Bible?

Alongside the pastor, music ministers communicate truth within the church, leading in praise that points people to the Word of God. In Southwestern Seminary’s School of Church Music, you’ll learn how to develop worship services that enable people to understand and interact with God’s Word in a way that touches their hearts.

At Southwestern, you’ll gain the skills to handle many musical styles and the theological knowledge to enhance worship and discipleship wherever God calls you to minister.

Come to Southwestern’s School of Church Music for ...

Spiritual and evangelistic fervor

Scholarly and efficient musicianship

Practicality in application

Who We Are

Professors at Southwestern come with world-class education and a passion for the church, music and evangelism. In the School of Church Music, you’ll be able to interact with your professors both inside and outside the classroom: You can join them for coffee after a recital or concert, work with them in master-classes, or develop a mentoring relationship with them.

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Degree Options

The School of Church Music has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees that will prepare you for ministry. Southwestern’s premier church music degree, the Master of Music, will prepare you for service in any area of music ministry, performance and composition. Nearly half of this degree will train you musically, while the remainder will harmonize your love for music with sound theology and practical ministry knowledge.

Whatever degree option you choose, you can customize your training through focused study in areas such as accompanying, composition, jazz studies, performance and worship. Whatever God calls you to do, Southwestern has a degree program that will help you apply His Word to your music ministry.

Read here about our newly streamlined Master of Arts in Worship degree featuring online and hybrid course options.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music

    The Bachelor of Arts in Music at The College at Southwestern, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, contains all of the courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities except the languages, physical education, and fine arts. The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers three areas of concentration: Worship, Performance, and Composition.


  • Master of Music in Church Music

    This degree prepares you for service in any area of music ministry or performance, with nearly half of the degree building upon the musical skills you gained in your bachelor’s studies. The other half of the degree will train you to connect your love for music with sound theology and the realities of ministry.


  • Master of Arts in Worship

    The Master of Arts in Worship is a unique degree combining theological and worship studies with practical ministry preparation for vocationally called worship leaders. The degree can be completed without leaving your worship leadership position.


  • Master of Arts in Church Music

    Tailored for students without bachelor’s degrees in music, this degree will give you the essentials of musical knowledge and skill. It will also train you to enhance the musical worship of the church.


  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Southwestern Seminary offers Ph.D. degrees within each of its schools, providing you the opportunity to gain advanced training in specified areas of theology, archaeology, evangelism and missions, church and family ministries, or church music.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts

    The D.M.A. is Southwestern Seminary’s advanced performance degree. Through this degree, you can gain expertise in composition, conducting or voice as well as piano or organ performance.


Start your journey of fulfilling God’s call on your life today.

However God calls you to train His people, the School of Church Music will equip you to handle the Word of God and apply it to your ministry.

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