Music Therapy, B.M.

Pending AMTA approval

Mission

The mission of the music therapy program is to prepare graduates, grounded in a Christian worldview, to use their musical gifts and skills, and therapeutic techniques to enhance the well-being of those with physical and emotional disorders.  

Degree Program

The Bachelor of Music degrees are offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The major requirements include completing 74 credits.

Students interested in pursuing this degree must demonstrate a high level of commitment to music therapy as a profession.

Special Programs/Opportunities

Ensembles

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.

Scholarships

Music awards in varying amounts are available to qualified students. Complete information is available by emailing music@biola.edu 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 Therapy, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency of the foundation of musical knowledge related to musical theory, analysis, and history (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate integration of faith in the musical disciplines and anticipated future professional activities (ULO 2).
  3. Demonstrate synthesis of all degree-specific coursework and development of musicianship, knowledge, and skill expected in the professional field through expertise displayed in the degree capstone experience (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 "special employee" 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. 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).

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Requirement
Candidates for Bachelor of Music degree are exempt from the Core Curriculum requirement in foreign language, literature, and fine arts.
Biological Principles
Introduction to Psychology
Musicianship and Music Therapy Courses
MUSC 104Introduction to Guitar1
MUSC 105Foundations and Principles of Music Therapy3
MUSC 118Keyboard Skills I 11
or MUSC 261 Keyboard Sight Reading I
MUSC 119Keyboard Skills II 11
or MUSC 262 Keyboard Sight Reading II
MUSC 145Applied Music (Primary Instrument) 24
MUSC 145Applied Music (Guitar/Piano) 32
or MUSC 261
MUSC 262
Keyboard Sight Reading I
and Keyboard Sight Reading II
MUSC 153Sight-Singing & Dictation I2
MUSC 154Music Theory I2
MUSC 163Sight-Singing & Dictation II2
MUSC 164Music Theory II2
MUSC 200Concert Music 40
MUSC 218Music Therapy Methods and Techniques3
MUSC 225Psychology of Music3
MUSC 270Introduction to Songwriting2
MUSC 335Music Therapy Observation2
MUSC 317Survey of Western Music I: Classical thru Mid-Twentieth Century3
MUSC 318Survey of Western Music II: Medieval thru Baroque3
MUSC 353Sight-Singing and Dictation III1
MUSC 354Music Theory III2
MUSC 367Pop Theory for Worship and Commercial Music2
MUSC 375Music Therapy Practicum 44
MUSC 376Music Therapy Improvisation2
MUSC 377Music Therapy Group 52
MUSC 378Music Therapy with Children2
MUSC 410Music Cultures of the World3
MUSC 460Music Therapy for Adults2
MUSC 461Internship in Music Therapy 66
MUSC 485Music in Therapy3
PSYC 309Abnormal Psychology3
Ensembles 76
Total Credits74

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 Therapy, B.M. 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
GNST 1021Communications (see Core Curriculum)3
Music10ENGL 100 or 1123
PSYC 200 (Required)3Music8
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513BIOS 100 (Required)3
HIST 100 or 1013Music12
Music8 
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
Music13ENGL 3133
KNES Activity1HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
 KNES 1071
 Music7
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
BBST 465 (Redeeming Culture Through Music - required)3Music10
Math (see Core Curriculum)3 
Music3 
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3 
PSYC 3093 
 18 13
Total Credits 31
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUSC 4613MUSC 4613
 3 3
Total Credits 6

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 Therapy, B.M. 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
GNST 1021Music10
Music9 
 18 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
PSYC 2003Music10
Music7 
 18 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
Music10BIOS 1003
 ENGL 3133
 KNES 1071
 Music5
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
BBST 465 (Redeeming Culture Through Music - required)3Math (see Core Curriculum)3
Music7Music10
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
PSYC 3093 
 18 17
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUSC 4613MUSC 4613
 3 3
Total Credits 147

Note: Certain Music courses are not offered every semester. Please check with the Music department for the most up-to-date schedule of required courses.