If you enjoy music and have a desire to serve others, a Music Ministry degree from the University of Sioux Falls will give you the necessary musical abilities and knowledge of the Word of God to work as a minister of worship and music in a local church or parachurch agency. In addition, with supplementary training, you will be equipped to serve in the pastorate, Christian education, missionary service, campus ministry, media and arts ministry or institutional chaplaincy.

All music majors are required to:

  • Participate in a USF large music ensemble for 8 semesters
  • Pass a piano proficiency examination (freshman or sophomore year)
  • Receive approval to continue as a music major during annual evaluations
  • Take applied lessons for 6 semesters (these courses may be taken for no credit)
  • Maintain acceptable attendance at concerts, recitals and community events (10 per semester)
  • Perform in at least one departmental recital per semester (when enrolled in applied lessons)

In addition to meeting the liberal arts core requirements of the University, you must take the following courses.


Complete the following courses.

  • - Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 s.h.)
  • - Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 s.h.)
  • - History of Music I: Ancient to 18th Century (3 s.h.)
  • - History of Music II: 18th Cent. to Present (3 s.h.)
  • - Music Computer Applications (3 s.h.)
  • - Conducting (3 s.h.)


Complete the following courses.

  • - Introduction to Media and Visual Arts (3 s.h.)
  • - Digital Audio (3 s.h.)
  • - Worship Technology (2 s.h.)
  • - Worship Perspectives & Planning (3 s.h.)
  • - Internship in Music (1-4 s.h.)


Complete the following courses.

  • - History Of Christianity (3 s.h.)
  • - Jesus & the Gospels (3 s.h.) or
    • - Letters of Paul (3 s.h.)
  • - Foundations of Professional Ministry (3 s.h.)
  • - Christianity and Culture (3 s.h.)

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