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.
It is intended that this degree be pursued by students who wish to pursue a career as a professional performer; teach privately or on the college/university level; or concentrate on developing their performance skill to the highest level possible within the context of a four-year bachelors degree program.
The primary objective of this program is that of preparing students for graduate study in performance, which is considered a foundational standard in pursuing a performing career or a career as a teacher, whether privately or on the college-university level. This degree program adheres to the standard as it is articulated by the major schools of music in the U.S., although it is recognized that not all students completing the BM Performance degree will actually choose to enroll in a graduate program in performance. Performance area options available to Biola music majors include: voice, wind instruments, percussion, stringed instruments (including harp and guitar), piano, and organ.
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.
Biola graduates from the Music major have gone on to study at graduate schools and pursue professional performance opportunities and careers as follows: