Associate of Worship Leadership

Program Objectives

The Associate of Worship Leadership (AWL) degree seeks:

  • To graduate competent musicians for the local or global church and music marketplace;
  • To produce biblically formed and theologically informed musicians;
  • To equip gifted songwriters who compose for the Church and marketplace;
  • To prepare skilled video, audio, and innovative media technicians;
  • To place graduates in appropriate ministry and music industry contexts.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Associate of Worship Leadership degree will be able to:

  • Organize & successfully administrate all aspects of contemporary congregational worship;
  • Demonstrate the technical, music and leadership skills necessary for effectively leading contemporary congregational worship;
  • Analyze problems in their field (worship leadership) and develop collaborative solutions or strategies to resolve those problems;
  • Communicate with musicians, artists, technicians, and local church pastors through effective teaching, writing, and listening skills;
  • Evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses honestly in the light of biblical wisdom and regular pastoral accountability;
  • Pastor and build biblical community among their local church musicians, artists, and technicians;
  • Serve, contribute to, and creatively execute the worship vision of local church pastors and leaders.

*AWL acceptance space is limited. This degree is only offered on-ground at our main campus.


Applicants must complete an audition for acceptance into the AWL program. 

Admission to the University is a requirement prior to acceptance into the AWL program. However, you may begin your audition process and submit your video audition to the Music and Worship Studies Department prior to receiving notification of acceptance to The King’s University by the Office of Admissions.

University Application Deadline | Dec. 15
Video Audition Submission Deadline | Dec. 15

Audition Requirements

For more information, contact worshipstudies@tku.edu.

Curriculum
Total Hours 67
  • 9
  • 22
  • 36
  • 0
  • Christian Foundations 9 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 The Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
  • General Education 22 Hours
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    • ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
    • COMS 2303 Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication 3
    • Behavioral Science Elective 3
    • Science Elective 4
    • BIBH 1302 History & Theology of Christian Worship 3
    • PHIL 2305 Christian Ethics & Performing Arts 3
  • Major 36 Hours
    • MUSW 1301 The Worship Leader as Pastor 3
    • MUSW 1302 The Worship Leader as Team Builder 3
    • MUST 1301 Music Theory I 3
    • MUST 1302 Music Theory II 3
    • MUSW 2303 The Worship Leader As Architect 3
    • MUSW 2304 The Worship Leader as Lead Worshipper 3
    • MUSB 2201 Songwriting I 2
    • MUSB 2202 Songwriting II 2
    • MUSB 1201 Audio 2
    • MUSW 3201 Tools & Technology for Worship 2
    • MPEW 1101 TKU Worship Ensemble 2
    • 4 hours from the following
    • MPVM 1101 Applied Music Lesson Primary (Voice) 1
    • MPIM 1103 Applied Music Lesson Primary (Piano) 1
    • MPIM 1105 Applied Music Lesson Primary (Guitar) 1
    • MPIM 1107 Applied Music Lesson Primary (Drums) 1
    • 4 hours from the following
    • MPVM 1102 Applied Music Lesson, Secondary (Voice) 1
    • MPIM 1104 Applied Music Lesson Secondary (Piano) 1
    • MPIM 1106 Applied Music Lesson Secondary (Guitar) 1
    • MPIM 1108 Applied Music Lesson Secondary (Drums) 1
  • Music Proficiency 0 Hours
    • MUST 1000 Music Theory Proficiency Exam 0
    • MPVM 1000 Applied Music Proficiency Exam (Voice) 0
    • - OR -
    • MPIM 1000 Applied Music Proficiency Exam (Instrument) 0