Music Education, B.M.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The major requirements include completing a basic core of 30 credits of music and specific degree requirements of an additional 51 to 53 credits for Music Education. Total credits: 81 to 83.
Students interested in pursuing this degree must demonstrate a high level of performance potential and commitment to music education as a profession.
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 Music in Music Education, 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 3).
- 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).
- Identify current ideas and issues in music education through reading of and responding to current journal publications and through involvement in a real-life music classroom (ULO 1).
- Apply their knowledge of creating lesson plans and teaching music to groups of children in real-life situations and will reflect on teaching effectiveness (ULO 2).
- Organize and direct a recital production demonstrating leadership and the ability to conduct an ensemble (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.)
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 Music degree program are required to take BBST 465 as "Redeeming Culture through Music" (this course fulfills the integration seminar Bible requirement).
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.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses|
|Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree are exempt from the Core Curriculum requirement in foreign language, literature, and fine arts.|
|Music Education majors must choose either a choral or instrumental emphasis.|
|The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor. 11|
|MUSC 102||Voice Class 1||1|
|MUSC 118||Keyboard II 2||1|
|MUSC 119||Keyboard III 2||1|
|MUSC 145||Applied Music 3||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 200||Concert Music 4||0|
|MUSC 205||Introduction to Music Education||2|
|MUSC 300||Concert Music 5||0|
|MUSC 307||Music History and Literature: Medieval Through Early Baroque||2|
|MUSC 308||Music History and Literature: Mid-Baroque Through Classic||2|
|MUSC 309||Music History and Literature: Late Romantic Through Early 20th Century||2|
|MUSC 312||Music Theory/History and Literature of the 20th Century||3|
|MUSC 321||Marching Band Lab 6||1|
|MUSC 323||Basic Conducting||2|
|MUSC 324||Advanced Studies in Conducting||2|
|MUSC 328||General Music Methods||2|
|MUSC 332||Music for Children||2|
|MUSC 338||Secondary Music Methods||2|
|MUSC 348||Vocal and Instrumental Arranging for Schools||2|
|MUSC 353||Sight-Singing and Dictation III||1|
|MUSC 354||Music Theory III||2|
|MUSC 356||Music Education: Brass||1|
|MUSC 357||Music Education: Percussion||1|
|MUSC 358||Music Education: Strings||1|
|MUSC 359||Music Education: Woodwinds||1|
|MUSC 363||Sight-Singing and Dictation IV||1|
|MUSC 364||Music Theory IV||2|
|MUSC 390||Opera Theatre 7||1-3|
|MUSC 410||Music Cultures of the World||3|
|MUSC 420||Special Studies in Music Literature 8||2|
|MUSC 445||Applied Music 9||4|
|MUSC 470||Senior Recital/Final Project||0|
|MUSC 211||Improvisation for Non Keyboardists: Concepts/Practices||2|
|or MUSC 217||Improvisation for Keyboardists: Concepts/Practices|
|Professional Education Courses|
|LEDU 330||Psychological Foundations of Education||3|
|LEDU 341||Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students||3|
|LEDU 425||Secondary Content Area Reading||3|
|LEDU 438||Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment||3|
|Ensemble Courses 10|
|Select 8 credits from the following:||8|
|Chamber Music Ensemble|
|Vocal Jazz Ensemble|
Voice principle students are exempt from this course.
Must be taken for a total of 4 credits through proficiency level: 264.
Must be taken for a total of four semesters.
Must be taken for a total of three semesters.
Choral principle students are exempt from this course.
Instrumental principle students are exempt from this course.
Should be taken as: Instrumental or Choral Literature for Schools.
Must be taken for a total of 4 credits through proficiency: level 468.
Keyboard primary students should take:
All other students should take:
See Professional Teacher Preparation Program under Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, B.A.
NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.
Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.
See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.
|BBST 103 or 165||3||BBST 103 or 165||3|
|Music||9||BBST 209 or 210||3|
|ENGL 100 or 112||3||Music||7|
|GNST 102||1||Science (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Total Credits 33|
|BBST 209 or 210||3||BBST 251||3|
|HIST 100 or 101||3||PSYC 200 (required)||3|
|Total Credits 31|
|BBST 354||3||BBST 365||3|
|HIST 200, 201, or POSC 225||3||LEDU 330||3|
|Writing Competency Requirement||KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)||1|
|Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office|
|Total Credits 30|
|BBST 306, 316, or 326||3||BBST 300/400 Bible Elective||3|
|LEDU 341||3||LEDU 425||3|
|ENGL 313||3||Communication (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Total Credits 33|
|BBST 465 (Redeeming Culture Thru Music - required)||3||LEDU 4502||0|
|Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|Total Credits 16|
A B.M. degree requires only 5 credits of math/science, so it is possible you will not need to take all three of the MATH 121/122/123 classes.