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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Music (Worship) degree is a new course embedded within the existing Bachelor of Music. Students gain the technical, artistic and analytical training required to become professional musicians, with the course diverging in its emphasis on theological preparation for a future in Christian ministry. The addition of specific units such as Worship Music in Practice, Worship Music Placement and Theology of Worship equip students with a deeper understanding of biblical directives and theological approaches to worship through music and how to apply this in diverse church settings. Students explore central themes underpinning personal and corporate worship expression in both Old and New Testament. These include God as Creator and Father, tabernacle/temple worship, the figure of King David, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the church.

Students also apply learnings into music production with a live/digital launch of an EP of original worship music relevant to individual and congregational worship contexts. This industry relevant training encompasses all aspects of pre- and post-production.

Additionally, the course features placement within a congregational setting* under the mentorship of college staff and a church ministry team. Students are given a context for mentoring, practical skill development, ensemble skills, planning, song writing and worship leading, linking with existing or new campus ministry initiatives at Excelsia College, such as Gathering and/or Praise and Worship meetings and events. Graduates will complete the course, prepared to lead worship ministry teams both on campus and in local churches.

* Broader worship music settings available

Where this will take me

The Bachelor of Music (Worship) prepares students for future roles in music & Christian ministry contexts. It is grounded in the understanding that professional musicians will commonly engage in ‘portfolio’ careers requiring versatile, flexible, and adaptable skills including multi-instrumental performing, composing, arranging, producing, ensemble directing, teaching, and researching. Future graduates are expected to secure employment as:

  • Worship music leaders
  • Worship music songwriters
  • Performers (accompanists, chamber musicians, band members, session musicians)
  • Composers and arrangers
  • Conductors and musical directors (in school and church settings)
  • Audio engineers (studio and live sound)
  • Teachers (in both private and co-curricular school settings)
  • Music critics, journalists and publicists

Which department am I in?

School of Creative and Performing Arts



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$21,033.00 (11,33,244) per year
AUD $63,100 for the entire course.
Start date

8 August 2022


Excelsia College

Macquarie Park Campus,

69-71 Waterloo Road,


New South Wales,

2113, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course. English language requirements: IELTS - Minimum Score - 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) - Minimum Score - 60 with no score less than 60; PTE Academic - Minimum Score - 50 with no score less than 50.

For international students

Educational Prerequisites

NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or

Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course.

Artistic and academic skill assessment


Applicant should prepare to present 2 pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).


Conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.

Musical knowledge:

In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced strand in theory units.

For international students

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies. Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.