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Courses | B.M. in Music Performance

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and the strengths in performance and/or composition 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 Credits

Most courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States will be accepted on a comparable course basis. The following core courses will transfer directly:

In order to pass out of Theory III (MUSC 354) or Keyboard Skills II (MUSC 119), the student must display proficiency by achieving favorable scores on the Theory and Keyboard placement surveys. 

No credit(s) will be given for waived courses. Waiver of courses on the basis of placement surveys 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 surveys.

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 either the voice or instrument under study, or in composition. 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.

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

Integration Seminar Requirement

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program are required to take a Biblical Studies Integration Seminar. This requirement must be fulfilled by taking BBST 465 as "Redeeming Culture through Music." 

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
MUSC 145Applied Music 18
MUSC 153Musicianship I 21
MUSC 154Theory I 33
MUSC 160Essential Technologies for Musicians I1
MUSC 163Musicianship II 21
MUSC 164Theory II 33
MUSC 170Essential Technologies for Musicians II1
MUSC 200Performing Arts Forum 42
MUSC 275Music Area Seminar 50
MUSC 315History of Western Art Music I: Medieval through Baroque3
MUSC 316History of Western Art Music II: Classical through Romantic3
MUSC 323Basic Conducting2
MUSC 343Form and Analysis2
MUSC 353Musicianship III 21
MUSC 354Theory III 33
MUSC 363Musicianship IV 21
MUSC 365History and Analysis of 20th Century Music3
MUSC 370Junior Recital0
MUSC 410Music Cultures of the World2
MUSC 430Pedagogy: Major Performance Area2
MUSC 435Career Skills for the Entrepreneurial Musician2
MUSC 445Applied Music 68
MUSC 490Senior Recital0
Program Course Requirements: 52 credits
Select a Concentration detailed below22-23
Core Curriculum Requirements 760
Total Credits134-135
1

Must be taken for a total of 8 credits through proficiency level: 274.

2

Students may take the Musicianship Placement Survey to potentially pass out of some or all of the Musicianship requirements. Students who do not take the survey will automatically be placed in MUSC 153 Musicianship I. Musicianship courses already taken at the college/university level will directly transfer for credit.

3

Students may take the Theory Placement Survey to potentially pass out of some or all of their Theory requirements. Students who do not take the survey will automatically be placed in MUSC 098 Introduction to Theory. The first two semesters of Written Theory courses already taken at the college/university level will directly transfer for credit.

4

7 semesters of Performing Arts Forum required for graduation; at least 2 semesters must be taken for 1 credit.

5

Taken every semester in conjunction with Applied Music (MUSC 145 or MUSC 445).

6

Must be taken for a total of 8 credits through proficiency: level 478.

7

See Core Curriculum Program section for details.

Concentrations

Performance students must choose a concentration in one of the following areas.

Instrumental

Concentration Courses
MUSC 118Keyboard Skills I 11
MUSC 119Keyboard Skills II 11
MUSC 420Music Literature: Major Performance Area2
Select 8 credits of the following music electives:8
Theory and Conducting - Select 3-4 credits from the following:
Introduction to Composition
Advanced Studies in Conducting
Modal and Tonal Counterpoint
Orchestration
Analysis of Post-Tonal Music
Composing for New Media: Advanced Orchestration, Score Preparation
Technology - Select 2 credits from the following:
Introduction to Music Technology
Music Production I
Composing for New Media: Film, TV, and Audio Production
Composing for New Media: Sound Design, Recording Techniques
Composing for New Media: Scoring for Film and Video Games, Audio Production
Choose the remaining 2-3 credits from the following:
Any remaining Technology or Theory course 2
Any Music Education courses 3
Ensembles
MUSC 405 Special Studies in Ethnomusicology; Performance Health; Music History; or Preparation for Graduate Studies
Ensemble Courses
Select 10 credits of instrumental ensembles10
Total Credits22
1

Students may take the Keyboard Placement Survey to potentially pass out of some or all of the Keyboard requirements. Students who do not take the survey will automatically be placed in MUSC 100 Introduction to Piano.

2

MUSC 126, MUSC 127, MUSC 341, MUSC 342, MUSC 344, MUSC 367, MUSC 368MUSC 371, MUSC 372MUSC 373, or MUSC 374.

3

MUSC 356, MUSC 357, MUSC 358, or MUSC 359.

Piano/Organ

This concentration combines the former Piano (MUPP) and Organ (MUPO) concentrations which were offered separately.

Concentration Courses
MUSC 261Keyboard Sight Reading I1
MUSC 262Keyboard Sight Reading II1
MUSC 341Modal and Tonal Counterpoint2
MUSC 360Collaborative Piano1
MUSC 385Piano Symposium1
MUSC 425Piano Literature I1
MUSC 426Piano Literature II 11
Ensemble Courses
8 credits must be in Piano Accompanying (MUSC 002)8
Music Electives6
Theory & Conducting - select 2 credits from the following courses:
Introduction to Composition
Advanced Studies in Conducting
Orchestration
Analysis of Post-Tonal Music
Composing for New Media: Advanced Orchestration, Score Preparation
Choose the remaining credits from the following:
Applied Music (Piano or Organ)
Applied Music
Any remaining Technology or Theory course 2
Any Music Education course 3
Ensembles
MUSC 405 Special Studies in Ethnomusicology; Performance Health; Music History; or Preparation for Graduate Studies
Total Credits22
1

Piano principle students must take MUSC 426. Organ principles may take MUSC 426 or 1 credit of MUSC 405.

2

MUSC 126, MUSC 127, MUSC 342, MUSC 344, MUSC 367, MUSC 368MUSC 371, MUSC 372, MUSC 373, or MUSC 374.

3

MUSC 356, MUSC 357, MUSC 358, or MUSC 359.

Voice

Concentration Courses
MUSC 118Keyboard Skills I 11
MUSC 119Keyboard Skills II 11
MUSC 156Lyric Diction I1
MUSC 157Lyric Diction II1
MUSC 420Music Literature: Major Performance Area2
Foreign Language Courses
Select 8 credits of foreign language courses8
Ensemble Courses 2
Select 9 credits of vocal ensemble9
Total Credits23
1

Students may take the Keyboard Placement Survey to potentially pass out of some or all of the Keyboard requirements. Students who do not take the survey will automatically be placed in MUSC 100 Introduction to Piano.

2

Must include 1 credit of MUSC 390.

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