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Undergraduate | In-Person

Church Music, BM

There is no better place to study music than in the heart of Nashville. Belmont's Church Music major provides training for students interested in careers in church worship and music leadership.

Why Major in Church Music? 

The Bachelor of Music in Church Music allows students the opportunity to pursue a standard curriculum in classical music or opt for an integrative track that facilitates the study of both classical and commercial styles.

This degree program integrates strong musical foundations, significant training in church history and theology, and the best of current practices to equip students with the skills necessary for a career in the worship arts.

Church Music majors have the opportunity to take classical private lessons, perform in Belmont School of Music ensembles, work in local churches and hear from innovative leaders of church music and worship in the Greater Nashville area. The program concludes with a senior year recital.

Additionally, our graduates can pursue more advanced academic training through graduate programs such as Belmont’s Master of Music in Church Music.

What You'll Learn

inline-church.jpgChurch Music majors have the option of choosing a traditional or integrative applied track.

Students choosing the integrative applied track take three semesters of commercial lessons in their principal applied area in addition to seven semesters of classical lessons. This integrative track gives students the broadest training available for a variety of worship cultures – from contemporary to traditional and multi-cultural worship settings.

A female student sings with a worship band.

Career Possibilities

  • Leader & Director of Music for congregational worship
  • Creator of new musical works for church services
  • Coordinator of Arts Ministries in church leadership

Program Details


Bachelor of Music in Church Music students complete 132 hours of coursework over the course of their undergraduate career. This includes an array of courses that gives our students the necessary training for industry success.

  • BELL Core Requirements: 38 Hours (minimum)
  • Music Core Requirements: 40 Hours
  • Major Area Requirements: 42 Hours
  • General Electives: 12 Hours (minimum)

Learn more about the degree requirements

Ensembles & Performance Opportunities

Belmont University's School of Music has a variety of ensembles that showcase the School of Music's incredible musical diversity. From classical chamber groups to popular music ensembles, students have access to many performance opportunities that support the development of their craft.

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The Belmont University School of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

All programs in the School of Music require an audition. The audition determines admission into the School of Music, which is separate from the University's admission decision.

After submitting the Application for Undergraduate Admission, applicants to the School of Music will receive an email prompting them to complete the Undergraduate School of Music Audition Registration Form in their BU4U account. They will choose their intended in-person audition date or the video audition option.

The School of Music does not prescreen for any of its programs.

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You will be automatically considered for a School of Music talent-based scholarship when you audition. If you are chosen for a scholarship, you will receive an award letter.

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