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South Carolina School of the Arts

BM in Worship Leadership

Leading the masses

The program is designed for students who are called to ministry as worship leaders in the Church. This professional program focuses on musical training through the intense study of piano, voice, and guitar. Students gain hands-on training in conducting, songwriting, technology and arranging. Throughout the program, students participate in various ensembles and complete internships with local churches.

In our Worship Leadership program, students receive vigorous theological training, which shapes how we view the role of worship in the church. Students strengthen their leadership skills and learn how to shepherd a congregation to a have a deeper connection with God. Course requirements train students how to build a worship program for a variety of ensembles and to build strong relationships with the worship team, pastoral team, and the congregation. Students apply their leadership training and technical skills as they serve with local churches, leading live streams, worship services and more.

As a student here you’ll have access to these world-class musical artists and be mentored in the highest standards of musicianship.

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About the BM in Worship Leadership

Our Bachelor of Art in Music will provide you as a student with:

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Theological Training

You will receive vigorous theological training, which shapes how we view the role of worship in the church

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Study in the foundational areas of music and specialize in areas you want to dive deeper into

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Career Ready

Lead worship experiences on campus and at a church during your time here as a student

Career Outlook

Worship leaders are in high demand. With the invaluable practical experience AU students gain through this program, they are highly marketable in the field. The average salary of a worship pastor is $45,440, according to
Other careers and median salaries* you can pursue with a Worship Leadership degree are:

*Median salaries from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Four Dots  Music Teacher: $69,530
Four Dots  Recording Artist: $39,810
Four Dots  Music Director or Composer: $51,670

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Schedule an Audition

An audition is required for students interested in enrolling as a music major in the South Carolina School of the Arts. All questions can be directed to