Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 19, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music - Music and Worship Ministry Emphasis, B.A.

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Program Director: Jeffrey Wilson, DMA


The music major prepares students for professional careers and/or graduate study in the discipline of music. The major combines music theory and history with practical participation in a variety of musical activiites, including performance ensembles and private music study. Students graduating with the music major can find employment in public school teaching, private studio instruction, performance, church ministries, the recording industry and many other music business enterprises. Some professions require additional music training and student are encouraged to continue studies at the graduate level or in specialized schools.

Music majors choose from three areas of emphasis: 1) music performance and/or composition, 2) music and worship ministry and 3) music education. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will successfully demonstrate advanced proficiency in chosen instrument.
  2. Students will articulate a working knowledge of music history and music theory.
  3. Students will articulate the role that a Christian worldview plays in the musical disciplines.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in participating in the music industry as both a solo and collaborative artist.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

Degree Pathways

Music - Music Worship Ministry, B.A. Four Year Pathway   

Lower Division Major Prerequisites (6 Units)


Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship  and proceed directly to MUS 155 - Aural Skills I  and MUS 156 - Music Theory I . For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS 131 - Piano Class  or MUS 135 - Private Instruction in Piano , followed by MUS 101 - Elements of Musicianship . 


Successful completion of Level 1 on the student's primary instrument is a prerequisite for MUS 356 .

Applied Music (Private Instruction) (8 Units)

Enrollment in private music instruction in the student's primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upper- division units) on the same instrument.

Ensemble (16 units minimum)

Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

Additional Requirements

  • All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Enrollment in Piano Proficiency Class (MUS 132 ) or Private Piano Instruction (MUS 135 ) is required until the exam is passed. Transfer students who have passed the piano proficiency test at another institution are required to pass the FPU piano proficiency exam as well.
  • Level Exams: Passing the Level 1 and Level 2 exams on the primary instrument is required for music majors. Passing the Level 1 exam is a prerequisite for admittance to Music Theory III and Aural Skills IIII (MUS 355  and MUS 356 ). The Level 2 exam must be passed at least one semester prior to the senior recital ( MUS 495 - Senior Project , MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition ).
  • During the final year of study, graduating music majors are required to present a senior performance recital. Students will register for MUS 495 - Senior Project  or MUS 497 - Senior Project in Music Composition  during the semester of the scheduled recital.
  • A portfolio chronicling the student's activities in music is due the semester of graduation as part of MUS 495 or MUS 497. The portfolio is especially important for music education majors.
  • Voice performance majors are required to participate in four semesters of MUS 115 - Vocal Performance Workshop . Two semesters are required for music education majors whose primary instrument is voice.
  • Music and Worship Ministry majors are encouraged to take one academic year of participation in handbell choir (MUS 208  ), Crosswind (MUS 114  ), and/or one semester of private organ instruction (MUS 137  ) during their years of college study.
  • Keyboard majors may be asked to accompany voice or instrumental students for rehearsals and student recitals.

Required Courses for Emphasis (27-29 units)

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