Worship Arts, B.M.
The Bachelor of Music degree in Worship Arts is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The major requirements include completing 64 credits.
Students interested in pursuing the Worship Arts 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 Worship and Popular music Ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Biola Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, and Chamber Music Ensembles. All are open to Worship majors by audition. In addition, Worship majors may audition to lead worship in the Chapel Bands program.
The Conservatory concert series features outstanding classical guest artists as well as commercial musicians drawn from the recording industry.
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, visiting diverse African-American, Latina, and Korean congregations, and visiting numerous churches and denominations of varying sizes. A unique Worship Forum with specially invited artists, clinicians, song writers, and worship pastors, drawn from the Los Angeles area, occurs weekly.
Service and Internship Opportunities
Volunteer and paid church positions are available for undergraduate Worship majors. Junior and Senior Worship majors experience a formal internship where they received hands-on mentoring.
Music awards in varying amounts are available to qualified students. Complete information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing:
Director, Conservatory of Music
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts, 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.
Students in the degree program must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major and receive a minimum grade of "C" in each required course.
Integration Seminar Requirement
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program are required to take BBST 465 as "Redeeming Culture through Music" (this course fulfills the integration seminar Bible requirement).
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
|Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree are exempt from the Core Curriculum (GE) requirement in foreign language, literature, and fine arts.|
|MUSC 126||Introduction to Music Technology||2|
|MUSC 127||Introduction to Music Production: Pro Tools||2|
|MUSC 141||Applied Music (Primary Instrument) 1||6|
|MUSC 141||Applied Music (Electives) 2||4|
|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 3||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 367||Pop Theory for Worship and Commercial Music||2|
|MUSC 368||Pop Theory II for Worship and Commercial Music||2|
|MUSC 353||Sight-Singing and Dictation III||1|
|MUSC 354||Music Theory III||2|
|MUSC 383||Congregational Music||3|
|MUSC 386||Spiritual Formation and Worship||2|
|MUSC 388||The Calling, Character, Competencies of the Worship Leader||2|
|MUSC 389||Worship Design and Leadership||2|
|MUSC 452||Worship Arts Forum 3||0|
|MUSC 453||Worship Internship||5|
|MUSC 472||Senior Worship Recital/Portfolio||1|
|Select courses based on a Specialization listed below:||4|
|Advanced Guitar Class I|
|Advanced Guitar Class II|
|Select 2 credits of music or non-music electives:|
|Survey of Contemporary Keyboard Styles and Techniques|
|Select 2 credits of music or non-music electives:|
|Select 4 credits of music or non-music electives|
|Select 2 credits from the following courses:||2|
|MUSC 013||Worship and Popular Music Ensemble 2||4|
|The following proficiences 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, or one semester of private voice:|
Must be taken for a total of 6 credits.
Must be taken for a total of 4 credits.
Must be taken for a total of four semesters.