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Music in Worship, B.S.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Music in Worship is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. Total credits: 56.
Students interested in pursuing the Music in Worship degree must demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of spiritual growth, musical excellence and theological understanding.
The Conservatory provides opportunities for experience in several types of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including the Biola Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Music Ensembles. All are open to non-music majors as well as music majors by audition.
The Conservatory concert series features outstanding guest artists and student ensembles.
Masterclasses and Artist-in-Residence Program
Opportunities for participating in masterclasses with guest artists are available annually. Of special note is the ongoing series of masterclasses and recitals by world-renowned artists, including Menahem Pressler, pianist, Artist-in-Residence.
The Southern California area provides exceptional opportunities for hearing the world's leading artists, as well as outstanding college and church music performances.
The Los Angeles metropolitan area offers many opportunities for remunerative service in music. There are frequent openings for competent church choir directors, soloists, accompanists, instrumentalists, and organists.
Music awards in varying amounts are available to qualified students. Complete information is available by emailing email@example.com or by writing:
Director, Conservatory of Music
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Music in Worship, students will be able to:
- Apply historical and theoretical understanding to the analysis of musical forms, processes, and structures found in masterpieces from the western art music tradition (ULO 1).
- Describe how they intend to integrate their faith in their anticipated future professional activities (ULO 2).
- Demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, dictation, conducting, voice and piano (ULO 2).
- Evaluate basic form, harmony, meter, rhythm, voice-leading and developmental techniques found in excerpts and entire pieces from the Western art music tradition, and will experiment with writing music in the same styles (ULO 3).
- Apply their stylistic, theoretical, interpretive and technical skills and understanding to create and perform personal, communicative performances on their primary instrument (ULO 3).
- Demonstrate how they will connect mind and heart in order to provide spiritual leadership within the local church (ULO 2).
- Demonstrate their ability to use contemporary music theory practices and worship-chart vocabulary by writing 'take-down' transcriptions and professional charts (ULO 3).
- Demonstrate preparedness for the worship music field by addressing their personal philosophy of worship, demonstrated musical skills, and ability to effectively communicate with a congregation and church leadership (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and performance strengths necessary for successful completion of the stated curriculum. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Conservatory as a music major. A student will be admitted to the Conservatory of Music after:
- Meeting requirements for University admission.
- Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references.
- Completing a Conservatory audition, including a basic musicianship examination designed to demonstrate university level music study readiness.
After acceptance and upon entrance, students will be given placement examinations and auditions in music dictation, keyboard skills and performance. These examinations are given for the purpose of validating prior study and determining proper placement in music courses. Specific information concerning the content of these examinations and suggestions for preparation are available by contacting the Conservatory Office.
Transfer of Credit/Advanced Standing
With the exception of courses in music theory, sight-singing and dictation, keyboard skills, and individual performance, courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States will be accepted on a comparable course basis.
Prior study in the areas of music theory, sight-singing and dictation, keyboard skills, and individual performance will be validated through placement examinations.
Advanced standing may be gained through placement examinations in the areas of music theory, sight-singing and dictation, keyboard skills, and individual performance; however, no credit(s) will be given for waived courses. Waiver of courses on the basis of placement examinations without comparable prior course credit will increase elective credits required.
Credit for courses taken at a non-accredited college or university will be granted only through placement or challenge examinations.
In order to graduate, music students must reach primary applied proficiency level standards designated for each degree program. Applied Music lessons are guided by faculty or studio artists who have expertise and professional experience in the voice or instrument under study. Studio artists are affiliated with Biola via independent contracts and thus do not undergo the same process for hire as do faculty. The studio artists are all highly competent individuals who appreciate Biola and endorse the goals of the Conservatory, but their theological conceptualization has not undergone the same close review as that of the faculty. For more information, see the Conservatory Office.
Integration Seminar Requirement
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science music degree program are required to take BBST 465 as "Redeeming Culture Through Music" (this course fulfills the integration seminar Bible requirement).
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major and receive a minimum grade of "C" in each required music course.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
|Two years of language in high school or the first four credits in college meet the foreign language requirement for candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree.|
|MUSC 124||Sound Production I||1|
|MUSC 125||Sound Production II||1|
|MUSC 141||Applied Music 1||8|
|or MUSC 142||Applied Music|
|MUSC 153||Sight-Singing and Dictation I||2|
|MUSC 154||Music Theory I||2|
|MUSC 163||Sight-Singing and Dictation II||2|
|MUSC 164||Music Theory II||2|
|MUSC 185||Worship Foundations||2|
|MUSC 200||Concert Music 2||0|
|MUSC 317||Survey of Western Music I: Classical thru Mid-Twentieth Century||3|
|MUSC 318||Survey of Western Music II: Medieval thru Baroque||3|
|MUSC 323||Basic Conducting||2|
|MUSC 346||Pop Theory for Contemporary Worship I||2|
|MUSC 349||Pop Theory for Contemporary Worship II||1|
|MUSC 353||Sight-Singing and Dictation III||1|
|MUSC 354||Music Theory III||2|
|MUSC 363||Sight-Singing and Dictation IV||1|
|MUSC 364||Music Theory IV||2|
|MUSC 386||Spiritual Formation and Worship||2|
|MUSC 387||Designing and Leading Worship||2|
|MUSC 452||Worship Music Seminar 2||0|
|MUSC 453||Worship Internship||6|
|The following proficiencies are required in order to complete the program:|
|Keyboard proficiency equivalent to three semesters of piano class:|
|Guitar proficiency equivalent to one semester of guitar class:|
|Voice proficiency equivalent to one semester of voice class, and/or one semester of private voice:|
|MUSC 013||Worship and Popular Music Ensemble 3||2|
|Select 2 credits of ensemble from the following:||2|
|Vocal Jazz Ensemble|
|Select courses based on specialization listed below||4|
|Advanced Guitar Class I|
|Advanced Guitar Class II|
Select 2 credits of music or non-music electives
Select 2 credits of music or non-music electives
Select 4 credits of music or non-music electives
8 credits through proficiency: level 224.
Must be taken for four semesters.
Must be taken twice.