Worship Arts

Program Overview

Why Study Worship Arts at TFC?

The Music major with a Worship Arts concentration exists to prepare Christian musicians for career ministries in church worship arts and varied music-related vocations. Music students develop and share their God-given abilities by participation in ensembles, recitals, concerts, service projects, and ministries. Through these experiences, the Music Department brings the whole person into the learning process and provides for the dynamic integration of faith and learning together with character and intellect.

This approach, along with the study of music theory, history, worship music, pedagogy, and performance gives students the skills to become highly effective in their field. Music majors must perform an entrance audition for the Music Department.

Student worship team

The Music Major with a Worship Arts concentration equips musicians personally with Godly character in the pursuit of truth and professionally for careers in music ministries. The courses within the concentration focus especially on trends and methodologies in contemporary Christian music and worship arts leadership.

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“During the time in our program you have the opportunity to learn in our state of the art music tech labs, lead worship in our campus worship sessions, and even having the possibility of traveling internationally with the department.”

Degree Layout

Worship Arts Courses

The Music with a Concentration in Worship Arts major is a 126 hour program that includes 66 hours of general education courses, 39 hours of music courses and 21 hours of Worship Arts courses.

Featured Courses:

  • Contemporary Song Writing
  • Introduction to Worship Leading
  • Music & Worship
  • Blended Worship Repertoire
  • Stage & Sound Techniques
Ariel Parris


I am fully convinced that I would not be the person I am today had I not been a part of such a life-changing program! The professors were extremely intentional in the way they developed us. Rather than focusing on music alone, the faculty were passionate about developing us spiritually and academically while simultaneously pushing us to cultivate our musical craft. The diverse course material prepared me to skillfully lead worship from a strong, biblical foundation and taught me the importance of planning worship services that are edifying, gospel-centered and theologically sound. While serving as a Chapel Team leader, I received hands-on experience planning campus worship gatherings alongside our Spiritual Formation Director, facilitating rehearsals, scheduling and coordinating team members and selecting musical material each week. I am so thankful for the time I spent learning from professors that truly care about their students and am grateful that I had the opportunity to call the Music Department home during my time at TFC.
Ariel Parris, Class of 2021
Career Options

What can you do with a Worship Arts degree?

When you earn a degree in Music with a Worship Arts concentration, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:

Worship Pastor/Director

In many churches, there are a variety of pastors/directors who serve under the Pastor. Worship arts graduates would be well equipped to enter into the role worship pastor/director.

Music Teacher/Director

Those who earn a worship arts degree are particularly passionate about music, which makes them well-suited to a career in music education or as a choir/band director.


As a worship arts graduate, students would be prepared to become a full-time musician or performing artist. Careers in this area could include becoming a session musician or a background vocalist. Opportunities could be available in music production or editing as well.

Music Therapist

A music therapist works with individuals and groups using music in a clinical setting to help patients achieve healing.

Meet the Professors


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Ed Barham Administrative Assistant for Music Department ebarham@tfc.edu
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