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Program Overview

Program Overview

Blend your musical talent with your passion for church involvement and leadership. Study in a program that trains you holistically in worship ministry, ingraining theology into your practice so that you will be an effective communicator of the Gospel to all you serve. 

Worship is a central feature of church life—it unites a body of believers in communion with God through song, prayer and scripture. We teach you to balance these varied aspects of worship in a way that is cohesive, pleasing to God and powerful in touching the hearts and minds of the worshipers.

Our program focuses on biblical studies, as well as historical and theological aspects of worship, and the musical ability you’ll need to adapt songs for use in worship. You’ll leave the program prepared with the knowledge and skills to lead congregations into meaningful, purposeful times of worship.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

As a student choosing to pursue either a major or minor in music or a worship ministry major at Lipscomb University, you will be required to complete a performance audition and a music theory placement exam. A music scholarship audition may meet this audition requirement, or you may play or sing for the music faculty prior to the end of your first semester.

The theory placement exam is given during the summer when you come for your ADVANCE session. The theory faculty use the exam to determine which beginning theory class (Fundamentals of Music or Music Theory I) will provide the most appropriate placement.



Specific courses required:

  • BI 2283 - Introduction to Ministry
  • BI 2713 - The Story of Global Christianity
  • BI 3203 - God, Creation, and New Creation
  • BI 3673 - Communicating the Gospel
  • BI 3763 - The Story of the Restoration Movement in America
  • BI 3803 - Theology of Worship
  • BI 3813 - A Theology of the Church
  • BI 3823 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry *
  • BI 4503 - Old Testament Interpretation
  • BI 4513 - New Testament Interpretation
  • BI 4793 - The Bible and Scholarly Study
  • BI 479V - Internship in Ministry
  • BI 4973 - Senior Seminar
  • TH 3413 - Creative Dramatics
  • MU 1000 - A Cappella Singers or
  • MU 1010 - University Singers
  • MU 1111 - Sight-Singing, Ear-Training I
  • MU 1121 - Sight-Singing, Ear-Training II
  • MU 1133 - Theory I
  • MU 1143 - Theory II
  • MU 1511 - Voice
  • MU 3303 - Music in Worship I
  • MU 3313 - Music in Worship II
  • MU 3403 - History of Church Music
  • MU 4020 - Piano Proficiency
  • MU 4612 - Conducting
  • BI 4Dn3 - Bible Text Intensive Two sections (6 hours) of this course are required, with one Old Testament text and one New Testament text.

The general education language requirement must be satisfied with either GR 1515, GR 1525 or HB 1515, HB 1525. Participation in MU 1000 or MU 1010 for two semesters is required. Participation in MU 1511 for two semesters is required.


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Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

Career Paths

Musicians and Singers

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.

Music Directors and Composers

Music directors, also called conductors, lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.