B.A. in Music

School of Fine Arts and Communication


The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at Biola's Conservatory of Music is intended for the student who wishes to study music within the liberal arts degree framework. It is appropriate for those who desire a versatile music degree with a wide range of career options and do not have specific professional career goals in the performance, composition, or teaching of music.


  • Commercial Music

    Biola University’s commercial music concentration is designed for students who want to pursue a career in the secular or Christian music industry. The program emphasizes musicianship, technology, production and artistry, all in a unique Christian community dedicated to seeing you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. The courses offered are taught by some of the top professional musicians in Southern California, and give each student the hands-on experience that is needed to prepare them for a career in today’s music industry. Workshops and master classes are offered each semester by industry leaders and professionals, providing students real world perspectives of the music business. To give each student the opportunity to pursue their individual passion and calling, courses in songwriting, music production, technology, arranging, along with other areas of interest are offered.

Why Choose Music at Biola?

  • Biola University Conservatory of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music
  • Highly respected, experienced faculty
  • Over twenty performance ensembles
  • Active chamber music program
  • Weekly studio classes
  • On-campus performance competitions
  • Masterclasses by world-renowned artists
  • Supportive community of dedicated Christian musicians
  • Close proximity to Los Angeles and access to performances by world-renowned artists in music genres from classical to pop, jazz, and world music
  • Minor in Biblical Studies (30 units)
  • Special scholarships and awards available for music majors

What Will I Study?

The emphasis of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music is on a broad coverage of music rather than on specialization in the areas of performance, composition, or education. Consider this degree if your goal is a versatile music degree with a wide range of career options such as musicology, theology, music therapy, or music business. The B.A. Music degree is also well suited for those who desire to double major with music and another degree at Biola. Our supportive community of Christian musicians is the ideal environment for you to study and grow.

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Katherine Devine

The opportunities I had at Biola to participate in multiple ensembles and work as a student leader in those ensembles prepared me for coordinating many projects and programs simultaneously. The chance to serve in Romania with the Biola Symphonic Winds was a life changing experience for me that opened the door to my current ministry and work in Haiti.

Matthew 25 Ministries Coordinator
B.A. Music '09
4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Bachelor of Arts Music students go on to a wide variety of careers that are impacting the world for Jesus Christ after graduation, including:

  • Music Therapy
  • Musicology
  • Theology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Music Education
  • Ministry
  • Commercial Music
  • Recording
  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Production
  • Contemporary Music Performance

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