B.M. in Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification)
What will I study as a music education major?
In addition to the general core of music courses, our comprehensive music education program will guide you in developing skills that are critical for music directors in an educational context such as conducting, interpreting and performing music. Student conductor positions, teaching assistantships, student observation, and required student teaching provide invaluable hands-on experience that prepares you for a successful career in music education. Special service learning projects such as Dream Center Music Days and the Music Education Outreach program offer you a chance to apply your skills and make a difference in the lives of aspiring musicians.
Some of your courses include:
Concert Music (MUSC 200)
Attendance at specified number and types of concerts each semester. Notes: Four semesters required for graduation. Grade Mode: A.
Vocal and Instrumental Arranging for Schools (MUSC 348)
Opera Theatre (MUSC 390)
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification)?
Graduates have found great success in acquiring jobs in music education and are leading the next generation of musicians in classrooms across the country. Our alumni have a near-100% success rate at finding jobs in music education within six months of graduation; this attests to the strength of the program and the dedication and passion of our students. Careers include:
- Primary and secondary music education teacher
- Private music instructor
- Chamber music coach
- Music ministry
- Band director
- Choir director
- Music ministry
- Freelance musician
- Graduate school
Professional Teacher Preparation Program (Undergraduate)
Credential candidates complete their student teaching after they graduate with their bachelor's degree. After successfully completing student teaching and the associated requirements candidates apply for the Preliminary Teaching Credential from the State of California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing. See Professional Teacher Preparation Program - Undergraduate for complete requirements.
5% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for music directors and composers is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
Biola gave me so much more than just a degree to enter the field of music education. The courses, communities, and professors at Biola taught me how to truly impact the world for Christ by pursuing my career with the fervor and excellence that is reflective of our Creator. The skills and disciplines I cultivated at Biola are priceless tools that will forever propel my career and desire to seek Christ in all that I do.
Music Education (Flute), B.M. '13
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
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Assistant Professor, Music and Symphonic Winds Director
- DMA, University of Cincinnati
- M.M., Arizona State University
- BME, The University of Northwestern
- B.A., The University of Northwestern
Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities
- D.M.A., University of Southern California
- M.M., Eastman School of Music
- B.S., John Brown University