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Share God’s gift of music through performance and education

Has God given you a gift in music? Do you enjoy making music and sharing that gift with others?

In Moody’s Music Ministry Program, you will grow your skills in your chosen instrument, music history and literature, music pedagogy, worship leading and conducting. You’ll engage in a broad range of musical experiences, including applied lessons, recitals, ministry tours, and an internship. You’ll gain hands-on experience by joining an ensemble and performing during public events like Candlelight Carols and Founder’s Week.

You will also receive rich training in Bible and Theology (39 credits), which will prepare you well for whatever path God has for you.

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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    Your Music Studies

    As you study, you will:

    • Receive spiritual and musical mentoring through private applied lessons and music ensembles
    • Join a supportive, prayerful, collaborative community of musicians
    • Combine world-class musical education with Moody’s unique Bible, theology, and ministry core curriculum
    • Apply what you’re learning in your PCM and internship
    • Enjoy the vibrant musical offerings in downtown Chicago

    Music Ministry Classes to Equip You

    Increase your knowledge and your skills through the following engaging classes:

    • Music Theory I and II
    • Church Music History and Philosophy
    • Principles of Conducting and Lab
    • Survey of Music Literature
    • Conducting and Rehearsing Ensembles and Lab
    • Form and Analysis
    • Vocal and Piano Pedagogy
    • Music History or Literature Elective
    • Music Ministry Internship
    • Applied Music Lessons
    • Music Ensembles (hyperlink to Ensembles)

    For a detailed Worship and Media Arts program plan and additional Music Department information, click the button below.


    All Music students participate in one or more of our vibrant ensembles every semester

      Meet Your Full-Time Music Professors

      Moody’s gifted and diverse music faculty provide a rich academic and collaborative environment for you to refine your musical and creative talents. Our professors possess real-world music ministry expertise with years of hands-on experience. They are passionate about God’s Word, music, and investing in their students.

      Dr. Jori Jennings, Program Head for Music and Professor of Music—Voice

      Dr. Desiree Hassler, Professor of Music—Voice

      Dr. Yongmin Kim, Chorale Conductor and Professor of Music—Voice 

      Dr. Brian Lee, Professor of Music—Piano

      Dr. Dan Mattix, Moody Campus Orchestra Conductor and Professor of Music—Composition

      Moody Music is also blessed to partner with multiple Chicago musicians and worship pastors who provide additional training and conducting as adjunct faculty!

      Learn more about our Music, Worship, and Media Arts faculty.

      Professions with an Eternal Purpose: Music Ministry Degree

      When you graduate with a BA in Music—Music Ministry degree, you’ll have the practical skills and expert training to serve God as a:

      • Music studio teacher
      • Music director/worship pastor
      • Professional musician
      • Performing artist

      If you have a passion to use your musical gifting to serve God and others, Moody is the place for you!

      Contact our Music Department if you have any questions about the program:

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      Financial Aid

      For on-campus residential students, every class in your degree is paid for by the Chicago Tuition Grant, sponsored by faithful donors. Every residential Chicago undergraduate student is awarded this grant, worth up to $12,960 a year. Off-campus commuter students pay $399 per credit hour. Find out how to defray the remaining costs with scholarships, grants, student loans, student employment, and veterans benefits.

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      Moody Bible Music

      Check out performances from Moody Bible Institute music students and ensembles on Youtube. These videos showcase original music written by Moody students, student recital performances, and performances from our music ensembles.

      Watch Performances