- D.M.A., Music Education, University of Southern California
- M.M., Music Education, University of Southern California
- B.M., Cello Performance, University of Washington
- B.A., Music Education, University of Washington
Associate Professor and Area Coordinator (Music Education)
Dr. Angela Park is the Area Coordinator of the Music Education Department at the Conservatory of Music. Dr. Park teaches music education courses such as Introduction to Music Education, Music for Children, General Music Methods, Strings Workshop, and Elementary Music Workshop. She also teaches a section of Music Appreciation, an elective course, to non-music majors.
Dr. Park's students note that she displays a particular care toward each of them as she advises them and guides them toward graduation and a fruitful career in the music education field. Alumna Sarah Moulton ('14) remarks, "She is encouraging and willingly takes time to pray with her students. It is evident that she loves what she does and that her students love her!" Her students are also grateful for her sense of practicality in constructing courses that provide both real-world experience and much-needed guidance as they cultivate their skills in the classroom. Commenting on one of Dr. Park's courses, Music for Children, alumna Jennie Brunson ('13) notes, "We were able to experience real life teaching opportunities and gain a taste of what our chosen career paths will really be like, all under the supervision of our own professor who guided us and helped us in our experiences."
Dr. Park began her career by teaching K-5 music in her hometown of Seattle; when she moved to California, she taught in a specialized interventions program for academically at-risk K-6 students of the Magnolia School District in Anaheim. One of her projects in Southern California was to create and to direct the California Young Musicians Cello Choir. In addition to being a private cello teacher, she also served as adjunct music faculty at the University of Southern California and at Rio Hondo College. Her research interests include early string education, pre-service teacher education, and online learning programs. She is a member of several associations, including NAfME (National Association for Music Education), CMEA (California Music Education Association), ASTA (American String Teachers Association), and SCSBOA (Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association).
One of Dr. Park's main goals in preparing future music teachers is to expose them to field experiences as early and as often as possible. In light of this, she arranges the curriculum of the Music Education program at the Biola Conservatory of Music so that students can have these first-hand experiences. She has worked to develop relationships with local school districts in order to create opportunities for Biola's music education students to interact with teachers and programs in the area. These future music teachers are able to observe, coach, teach, and conduct K-12 music classes during the duration of their music education degree programs.
Faith in Action
Dr. Park sees the training of Biola's music education students as the equipping of the saints to share God's love with children and youth. "Our music education majors will be sharing God's gift of music with children of all ages. As we know, music has such an impact on the world. What a powerful tool to profess the love of God. My hope is that Biola's music education students will have a strong hand in impacting this young community."
Dr. Park began teaching at Biola in 2007, and since then she has also acted as the advisor for the Biola University NAfME Collegiate Chapter. Dr. Park is grateful for Biola's mission as an institution to provide a high-quality educational experience that shows students how to integrate their faith with the skills and information they acquire. She says, "I love being able to speak openly with students about our spiritual walks and God's purpose for our lives. Students feel comfortable to ask me, as well as each other, for prayer, whether it be for school-related issues or personal trials, and this is one of the best qualities of attending school alongside other believers."
Her hope for her students is that their faith is integrated with their everyday lives. "It sounds so obvious when the words are written down, but it is very easy to separate the two. I would love for Romans 12 to be the life-theme of my students: 'So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.'" (Romans 12:1-2, The Message)