Music Ministry

In the Bachelor of Music in Music Ministry program, you will develop career-enhancing skills including music technology, performance, leadership, and more. This unique approach will enable you to become a well-rounded music minister prepared for work in Christian-tradition churches, including Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and other denominations.

  • As the only Catholic institution of higher education offering a degree in Music Ministry, this program addresses a growing need for creative and adaptable leaders in Christian churches around the world by integrating traditional studies with contemporary worship.
  • Your comprehensive music experience will include applied lessons on your primary instrument, music ensembles, conducting, choral rehearsal techniques, worship leading labs, as well as voice, piano, keyboard, and guitar studies.
  • In addition to your core music curriculum, you will learn to navigate and utilize cutting-edge music technologies including digital audio workstations, notation software, video production/streaming platforms, and other skills that are essential to modern-day music ministry.
  • With a minor in Theology built into the curriculum, you will graduate with the ability to speak the language of the pastor, priest, or theologian in addition to speaking the language of music.
  • Through internships with an extensive network of local churches and congregations, including Duquesne's own Spiritan Campus Ministry, you will be able to apply the skills you learn in the classroom directly to ministry sites in the real world.
  • The Mary Pappert School of Music provides you with access to superior facilities, including 69 Steinway pianos in performance and rehearsal spaces, multiple recording studios, computer labs with the latest software, and seven on-campus organs where you will have opportunities to perform for liturgies and recitals.

View the 2023–2024 Curriculum

Audition Overview

Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music also includes a formal audition. Learn more about the audition process & guidelines.

Program Information

Program includes a minor in Theology

Program Type




Academic Department

Performance (Music)



Required Credit Hours


Alumni Perspective

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Duquesne University continues to be a leader for Sacred Music. Catholic and Protestant churches are in dire need of well-trained sacred musicians that are skilled in sight reading, sight transposing, and hymn playing. Programs like this that allow for more real-world, practical application of sacred music are needed more than ever.

Amanda Bruce B.M. Sacred Music, 2011

Program Coordinator

Heidi Clark

Program Director of the Bachelor of Music in Music Ministry

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Hone Your Performing Skills

Regardless of degree path, each student benefits from one-on-one instruction with our world-class faculty.

Duquesne's ensembles will provide you with the finest university-level performing experiences available, preparing you for your career as a professional musician. As a member, you will perform on campus, as well as at some of the best venues for music in the city. Our students have performed at Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the August Wilson Center, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, and many more. 


In today's competitive commercial and studio music environment, versatility is of the utmost importance. Our unique jazz curriculum integrates foundational training in the classical tradition with private instruction and coursework in jazz idioms.