Bachelor of Science in Music in Worship


Bachelor of Science in Music in Worship


This four-year program culminates in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music in Worship, and is designed especially for the Christian musician whose calling is in the music of the contemporary church or in the Christian recording industry. Students may continue in their studies toward Music in Worship Master’s and Doctoral Degrees at various institutions; however, they will find their four-year degree very applicable and helpful in future employment and ministry.

Why Study Music at Nyack?

With a rich variety of majors and concentrations, the Music student at Nyack College will receive the professional training he or she needs for success in the industry or ministry of music, as well as receiving strong spiritual support and mentoring on the way to graduation. Students learn their craft well and receive a high degree of encouragement which stands them in good stead in the very competitive field of music. Versatility is our watchword; versatility enhances employment and equips us for God’s work.

What Will I Study?

The degree, Bachelor of Science with Major in Music in Worship, is an intense program designed especially for those called to the music ministry in the contemporary church. It includes Core curriculum in the Liberal Arts as well as a rich curriculum in the music field.  Lessons, Ear Training/Sight Singing, Theory, and Ensemble are all included, together with lessons in the instrument of choice, conducting, and worship leading courses. Songwriting, accompanying, composition, and music technology courses serve to round out the program.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Worship enhances your usefulness and employability in many areas, and gives you an opportunity to continue graduate studies in a fast-growing field. The degree prepares you for expertise in the following fields and many others:

  • Worship Leading, Choral Conducting, or Music Ministry
  • Vocal, instrumental, or keyboard solo or choral ministry
  • Private or Church School Music Teacher
  • Music Business  
  • Studio assistant for Christian recording
  • Practitioners of Christian therapeutic music, with further study
Our Graduates:

Graduates of the Music in Worship program include current Ministers of Music, worship leaders, students who are currently seeking advanced degrees in ministry, and Christian educators. Several have continued to be chaplains in the military service.

Key Faculty:  Dr. Sue Lane Talley

Receiving her Doctorate in Music and Worship at the Institute of Worship Studies, Dr. Sue Talley, Assistant Dean of the Nyack College School of Music, particularly enjoys teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Music in Worship major, for which she is the primary advisor.  Dr. Sue also teaches the “capstone” course of the senior year, Music and Worship, a course required of all Music majors which is taught completely online, as well as several other academic and instrumental courses in the Music in Worship curriculum. She loves the flexibility of the degree, finding its studies applicable to many different Christian worship traditions.


Credits:  120
Standard Completion Time:  4 years
Accreditation:   New York State Board of Regents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Optional Concentrations: Conducting and Worship Leading, Keyboard, Fretboard, Accompaniment


"Nyack College has been a facilitator, bridge-builder, co-creator, and authenticator in my development as a well-rounded Christian servant, musician, and minister. Through loving acceptance and encouragement from my professors and personal determination to honor and please the Lord in my educational endeavors, I have seamlessly transitioned into the next stage of my life as a graduate, living productively and purposefully in life and ministry for the glory of God and the eternal well-being of others. I could not ask for a better partner in this than the Nyack College community." (E.D., B.S., 2014)