CertificationDirector of Parish Music


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Enrollment (1,400 on-campus undergraduates)


average number of student events per week

10 minutes

travel time to downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul


the year Concordia was founded

Program Overview

Earning a certification as a Director of Parish Music (DPM) involves studying music of all forms and times while drawing on the rich liturgical tradition of the Lutheran church in the leadership and enhancement of the worship of the church. You’ll take 71 to 73 credit hours to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Director of Parish Music certification by majoring in Church Music, minoring in Lutheran Theology and completing two Christian Ministry courses. It will be a relevant certification if you’re seeking to serve in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in music.

A certified Director of Parish Music must complete the Church Music Major as well as a minor in Lutheran Theology. With several tracks available, the Director of Parish Music certification at Concordia allows students to pursue music ministry in the area that best suits their interests and talents.