The Conservatory of Music is a community of artist-teachers and gifted young Christian musicians, striving for the highest artistic achievement to the glory of God.
This degree is intended for the student who desires to pursue a career in teaching elementary, junior high or high school music. The preparatory emphasis includes the general core of music courses, the acquisition of performance skills in a major performing medium, and rehearsal, conducting, and musical interpretive skills necessary to work as a music leader in an educational context. These goals are achieved through private lessons, formal and informal recitals, large and small ensembles, basic and advanced conducting, instrumental and choral literature courses, and music education workshops in woodwinds, brass, percussion, stringed instruments, and in music drama. Ensemble student conductor positions, teaching assistantships, student observation and student teaching provide opportunities for "hands on" experience.
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 after:
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Since 1970, the Biola University Conservatory of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. While this means that the music program is grounded firmly in the classical tradition, students are encouraged to develop their individual styles whether classical or contemporary. In fact, because of the excellent faculty-student ratio, much time is spent cultivating students' talent and helping them reach their potential as musicians.
"My experience in the music education program so far has been nothing short of amazing, and it's all because of the incredible faculty here at Biola. Learning to become a good educator isn't hard when you're constantly surrounded by great ones everyday!"
- Ryan Koo
Biola graduates from the Music major have gone on to study at graduate schools and pursue professional performance opportunities and careers as follows: