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General Education

All students of The Master's College are required to complete General Education requirements in addition to degree requirements. To view a list of G.E. requirements, please reference the current Academic Catalog.

  • Bachelor of Music Degree majors are exempted from the following General Education requirements: 3 units of World History, English Literature Elective, Economics and Society, Spoken Communication.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree majors fulfill the normal General Education requirements. 

 

Bachelor of Music 

The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional degree designed for those with a strong music background who anticipate a vocation in music. It prepares candidates in comprehensive musicianship and performance skills for graduate school and a variety of music careers.  A live audition is required for admittance.  See Scholarships & Auditions page for more information.  The core courses listed below are the basis of the Bachelor of Music Degrees, with additional courses being required for each area.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills I (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction in Primary Instrument (8)
  • MU231 Piano Foundations III ♦ (1)
  • MU232 Piano Foundations IV ♦ (1)
  • MU241A Music Theory III (3)
  • MU241B Aural Skills III (1)
  • MU242A Music Theory IV (3)
  • MU242B Aural Skills IV (1)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • MU393 Music History & Literature I (3)
  • MU394 Music History & Literature II (3)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (8)

♦ Testing out allowed for any or all semesters for Piano Foundations 0-4
Total core courses: 61

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

 


The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in PERFORMANCE prepares students for a career in performance, teaching, or for advanced study in piano, voice or an instrument. The program includes a breadth and depth of music studies to assure a thorough foundation. Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M. degree program. 

Instrumental Performance

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • MU340c Instrumental Chamber Ensembles (4)
  • MU360 Additional instruction in primary instrument (6)
  • One of the following:
    • MU353 Tonal Counterpoint (2)
    • MU443 20th Century Analysis (2)
    • MU474 Orchestration (2)
  • MU260 Recital (30 minutes) (0)
  • MU460 Recital (60 minutes) (2)
  • MU477 Instrumental Pedagogy (1)
  • MU478 Instrumental Literature (1)

Total units required for emphasis: 77

 

The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in PERFORMANCE prepares students for a career in performance, teaching, or for advanced study in piano, voice or an instrument. The program includes a breadth and depth of music studies to assure a thorough foundation. Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M. degree program. 

Piano Performance

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • MU160 Individual Instruction in a Keyboard Instrument other than piano (1)
  • MU356 Teaching Internship I (1.5)
  • MU360A Additional Instruction in Piano (6)
  • MU374 Functional Keyboard Skills (2)
  • MU385 Piano Pedagogy I (2)
  • MU386 Piano Pedagogy II (2)
  • MU240 Collaborative Keyboard* (2-4)
  • MU473 Advanced Piano Literature (2)
  • MU260A Recital (30 minutes) (0)
  • MU460A Recital (60 minutes) (2)

Total units required for emphasis: 75.5

*2-4 units count for Major Performing Ensemble (Core)

Exempted from Piano Foundations

 

The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in PERFORMANCE prepares students for a career in performance, teaching, or for advanced study in piano, voice or an instrument. The program includes a breadth and depth of music studies to assure a thorough foundation. Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M. degree program. The B.M. in Performance with Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy allows piano majors who plan to teach the opportunity to focus on pedagogy through course work and practical experience.

Performance with Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • MU356 Teaching Piano Internship I (1.5)
  • MU360A Additional Instruction in Piano (6)
  • MU374 Functional Keyboard Skills (2)
  • MU385 Piano Pedagogy I (2)
  • MU386 Piano Pedagogy II (2)
  • MU240 Collaborative Keyboard* (2-4)
  • MU453 Teaching Internship II (1.5)
  • MU454 Teaching Internship III (1.5)
  • MU473 Advanced Piano Literature (2)
  • MU483 Piano Pedagogy III (2)
  • MU484 Piano Pedagogy IV (2)
  • MU460A Recital (50 minutes; 10 minutes showcases teaching internship) (2)

Total units required for emphasis: 81.5

*2-4 units count for Major Performing Ensemble (Core)

Exempted from Piano Foundations

 

The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in PERFORMANCE prepares students for a career in performance, teaching, or for advanced study in piano, voice or an instrument. The program includes a breadth and depth of music studies to assure a thorough foundation. Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M. degree program. 

Vocal Performance

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • MU283/284 Diction (Foreign Language) (4)
  • MU341 Stage Training (2)
  • MU360B Additional Vocal Instruction (6)
  • MU464 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
  • MU466 Vocal Literature (2)
  • MU260B Recital (30 minutes) (0)
  • MU460B Recital (60 minutes) (2)

Total units required for emphasis: 79

 

The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in COMPOSITION gives students the foundation to continue in graduate school or engage in one of many careers in music. Examples include composing, teaching, performing, and careers in the recording industry. Students acquire skills in instrumentation, arranging, and other aspects of composition, along with experiencing performances of their own compositions. Students learn to write both short and long forms in various representative musical and instrumental idioms, are encouraged to explore trends in modern music composition, and experiment with compositional styles in order to discover a personal compositional “voice.”

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • MU160w/360w Individual Instruction in Composition (6)*
  • MU225 Introduction to Composition (2)
  • MU353 Tonal Counterpoint (2)
  • MU406 Popular Music since 1900 (2)
  • MU443 20th Century Analysis (2)
  • MU445 Arranging (2)
  • MU474 Orchestration (2)
  • MU460 Recital (60 minutes) (2)

Total units required for emphasis: 80

*2 units count toward B.M. Core requirement of Individual Instruction in Primary Instrument

The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in MUSIC EDUCATION equips the student with the necessary skills, understanding, and methodology to teach vocal, instrumental, and general music in the elementary/secondary school system. Certification begins after this four-year degree program since the State of California requires completion of a bachelor’s degree before beginning the California teaching credential.

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • ED400 Foundations of Education (3)
  • MU181 Introduction to Music Education (1)
  • MU313 Percussion Techniques (1)
  • MU314 Woodwind Techniques (1)
  • MU315 Brass Techniques (1)
  • MU316 String Techniques (1)
  • MU360 Additional individual instruction in primary instrument (4)
  • MU416 Teaching Music in the Elementary & Secondary School (3)
  • MU476 Advanced Conducting (2)
  • P321 Philosophies of Education* (3)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • MU353 Tonal Counterpoint (2)
    • MU445 Arranging (2)
    • MU474 Orchestration (2)
  • Performance Track (5-6)
    • Instrumental:
      • MU170B Class Voice (1)
      • MU340C Instrumental Chamber Ensembles** (2)
      • MU414 Instrumental Methods (2)
    • Vocal:
      • MU320C Vocal Chamber Ensembles** (2)
      • MU428 Choral Methods (2)
      • MU464 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
  • MU260 Recital (30 minutes) (0)

Total units required for emphasis: 88-89

*Satisfies Gen Ed requirement

The BACHELOR OF MUSIC in TRADITIONAL WORSHIP prepares students to reach the body of worshipers in evangelical churches with a traditional worship style. It equips them with a foundation of theology and a variety of skills in music, including areas of conducting, arranging and building choirs and orchestras of all ages. A major component, the area of leadership and organization, enables students to have good interpersonal relationships with staff and provides hands-on experience with an internship in a local church. Students are prepared for more specialized graduate study in music or Christian ministry.

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)
  • MU160 Individual Instruction in a keyboard instrument other than piano (1)
  • MU334 Music Leadership and Administration (2)
  • MU360 Additional individual instruction in primary instrument* (2)
  • MU428 Teaching Choral Music (2)
  • MU445 Arranging (2)
  • MU474 Orchestration (2)
  • MU476 Advanced Conducting (2)
  • MU494 Worship Internship (2)
  • Electives (4)
  • MU260 Recital (30 minutes) (0)

Total units required for emphasis: 80

*May be satisfied by MU340 Chamber Ensembles

 

 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music 

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees are for students with a musical background who desire to achieve a solid education in music along with a significant amount of study in other areas. Performance requirements may be satisfied by a recital or a project.

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC serves students who choose music as the focus of a broader, liberal arts education. The program offers flexibility in focus and course content. The wide range of learning coupled with the discipline music engenders opens doors in numerous music-related and non-music fields.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills I (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction (8)
  • MU241A Music Theory III (3)
  • MU241B Aural Skills III (1)
  • MU242A Music Theory IV (3)
  • MU242B Music Theory IV (1)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • Choose one:
    • MU393 Music History & Literature I (3)
    • MU394 Music History & Literature II (3)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • Non-Music Electives (8)
  • Other Electives (4)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)
  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved project (0)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 64

♦Testing out allowed for any or all semesters
*Satisfies General Education Requirement

 

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN AUDIO TECHNOLOGY is designed to prepare students for working with the latest audio technology in numerous arenas in the media industry and in churches.  Combined with their study in music, it becomes a unique preparation to better suit them for music recording and production.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills I (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Private Instruction (6)
  • MU225 Introduction to Composition (2)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music and Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU406 Popular Music Since 1900 (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • C394 Introduction to Computer Visual Effects (3)
  • BCW364 Ethics* (3)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)
  • MU251 Introduction to Audio Technology, Pro Tools 1 (3)
  • MU354 Audio Editing, Pro Tools 2 (3)
  • MU355 Audio Mixing, Pro Tools 3 (3)
  • MU404 Recording Techniques (3)
  • MU223 Audio Engineering I (3)
  • MU426 Audio Engineering II (3)
  • MU460e Senior Project (2)
  • MU498 Internship in Audio Technology (2)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 72

♦Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

 

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN BIBLICAL STUDIES provides a foundation in both music and selected areas of Biblical Studies such as counseling, Bible exposition, missions, languages, education and more. It also serves as a valuable precursor to seminary or graduate study in music, as well as preparing entry-level music pastors and assistant pastors.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills I (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction in Primary Instrument (6)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU334 Music Leadership and Administration (2)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • Choose One: 
    • MU393 Music History & Literature I (3)
    • MU394 Music History & Literature II (3)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)
  • Biblical Studies Electives (18)
  • Music Electives (4)
  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved project (0)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 66

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

 

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN COMMUNICATION gives rounded skills in both areas to prepare students for graduate school or for entry-level positions in a wide range of vocations. Examples include public relations, the recording industry, sound engineering, church music ministry, musical theater, music editing, music publishing, and teaching.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills I (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction in Primary Instrument (6)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU334 Music Leadership and Administration (2)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • Choose one: 
    • MU393 Music History & Literature I (3)
    • MU394 Music History & Literature II (3)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • C211 Intro to Mass Communication (3)
  • C371 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • C472 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)
  • Communication Electives (9)
  • Music Electives (4)
  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved project (0)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 66
*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦ Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

 

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN MODERN WORSHIP prepares students to reach the whole body of worshipers in evangelical churches. It equips them with a foundation of theology and a variety of skills in music that will be applicable to the ever-changing climate of worship, including areas of worship band leadership, arranging, training in sound systems and multimedia and service design. A major component, the area of leadership and organization, enables students to have good interpersonal relationships with staff and provides hands-on experience with an internship in a local church.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills 1 (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction in Primary Instrument (6)
  • MU160 Individual Instruction in worship band instruments other than primary instrument:  guitar, piano, bass, drums (2)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU406 Popular Music Since 1900 (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • MU233 Popular Music Theory I (3)
  • MU251 Introduction to Audio Technology, Pro Tools I (3)
  • MU324 Worship Band Leadership (2)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU334 Music Leadership and Administration (2)
  • MU494 Worship Internship (2)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)
  • Electives (8)
    • Choose at least 5 from the following:
      • Biblical Studies Courses
      • MU348 Production Techniques (1)
      • MU404 Recording Techniques (3)
      • MU223 Audio Engineering I (3)
      • MU354 Audio Editing, Pro Tools 2 (3)
  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved project (0)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 64

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦ Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

 

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The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN STUDENT MINISTRIES targets those preparing for a combined ministry in a church requiring a broad grounding in music along with the ability to relate to youth and lead a youth program. It provides a background for graduate school or seminary with the expectation that those continuing in such a vocation would seek additional training in one of the two disciplines.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141A Music Theory I (3)
  • MU141B Aural Skills 1 (1)
  • MU142A Music Theory II (3)
  • MU142B Aural Skills II (1)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction in Primary Instrument (6)
  • MU233 Popular Music Theory I (3)
  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved project (0)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (4)
  • MU324 Worship Band Leadership (2)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • MU334 Music Leadership and Administration (2)
  • MU390 Performance Practicum (0)
  • Choose one:
    • MU393 Music History & Literature I (3)
    • MU394 Music History & Literature II (3)
  • MU396 World Music (3)
  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)
  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)
  • MU494 Worship Internship (2)
  • BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)
  • BCE313 Introduction to Christian Education (3)
  • BYM331 Survey of Student Ministries (3)
  • BC332 Crisis and Youth Counseling (3)
  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)
  • Music Electives (4)
  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved project (0)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 67

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦ Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

 

 

 

Minor in Music

The Minor in Music offers grounding in the basics of music and worship, along with individual training and ensemble performance opportunities. Music is so much a part of church life that the music minor is highly recommended to all who are involved in the church in any capacity. It also provides a well-rounded education for any major.

  • MU131 Piano Foundations I ♦ (1)
  • MU132 Piano Foundations II ♦ (1)
  • MU141.1,2 Music Theory & Aural Skills I (4)
  • MU160/360 Individual Instruction (4)
  • MU271 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU295 Music & Art for Musicians* (3)
  • MU310 Collegiate Singers/Orchestra (2)
  • MU330 Concert Attendance (4 semesters) (0)
  • MU333 Worship and Songs of the Church (3)
  • Music Electives (4)

Total units required: 24

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦Testing out allowed for one or both semesters