Music Education, B.M.

Degree Program

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.

Special Programs/Opportunities


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.

Concert Series

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.

Local Opportunities

The Southern California area provides exceptional opportunities for hearing the world's leading artists, as well as outstanding college and church music performances.

Service Opportunities

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 or by writing:

Director, Conservatory of Music
Biola University
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:

  1. 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).
  2. Describe how they intend to integrate their faith in their anticipated future professional activities (ULO 2).
  3. Demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, dictation, conducting, voice and piano (ULO 3).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. Organize and direct a recital production demonstrating leadership and the ability to conduct an ensemble (ULO 3).
  8. 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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Meeting requirements for University admission.
  2. Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references.
  3. 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.

Applied Music

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).

GPA Requirements

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.

Curriculum Requirements

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.
Program Courses
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 102Voice Class 11
MUSC 118Keyboard II 21
MUSC 119Keyboard III 21
MUSC 145Applied Music 34
MUSC 153Sight-Singing and Dictation I2
MUSC 154Music Theory I2
MUSC 163Sight-Singing and Dictation II2
MUSC 164Music Theory II2
MUSC 200Concert Music 40
MUSC 205Introduction to Music Education2
MUSC 300Concert Music 50
MUSC 307Music History and Literature: Medieval Through Early Baroque2
MUSC 308Music History and Literature: Mid-Baroque Through Classic2
MUSC 309Music History and Literature: Late Romantic Through Early 20th Century2
MUSC 312Music Theory/History and Literature of the 20th Century3
MUSC 321Marching Band Lab 61
MUSC 323Basic Conducting2
MUSC 324Advanced Studies in Conducting2
MUSC 328General Music Methods2
MUSC 332Music for Children2
MUSC 338Secondary Music Methods2
MUSC 348Vocal and Instrumental Arranging for Schools2
MUSC 353Sight-Singing and Dictation III1
MUSC 354Music Theory III2
MUSC 356Music Education: Brass1
MUSC 357Music Education: Percussion1
MUSC 358Music Education: Strings1
MUSC 359Music Education: Woodwinds1
MUSC 363Sight-Singing and Dictation IV1
MUSC 364Music Theory IV2
MUSC 390Opera Theatre 71-3
MUSC 410Music Cultures of the World3
MUSC 420Special Studies in Music Literature 82
MUSC 445Applied Music 94
MUSC 470Senior Recital/Final Project0
MUSC 211Improvisation for Non Keyboardists: Concepts/Practices2
or MUSC 217 Improvisation for Keyboardists: Concepts/Practices
Professional Education Courses
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
Ensemble Courses 10
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Biola Chorale
Chamber Music Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Choir
Jazz Ensemble
Symphonic Winds
Handbell Choir
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Women's Chorus
Men's Chorus
Total Credits81-83

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.

Music Education, B.M.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
Music9BBST 209 or 2103
ENGL 100 or 1123Music7
GNST 1021Science (see Core Curriculum)3
 MATH 12111
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
HIST 100 or 1013PSYC 200 (required)3
 MATH 12211
 KNES 1071
 14 17
Total Credits 31
Third Year
BBST 3543BBST 3653
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253LEDU 3303
Writing Competency RequirementKNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
BBST 306, 316, or 3263BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
LEDU 3413LEDU 4253
ENGL 3133Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 12311 
 17 16
Total Credits 33
Fifth Year
BBST 465 (Redeeming Culture Thru Music - required)3LEDU 45020
Music7LEDU 45220
LEDU 4383 
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3 
 16 0
Total Credits 16