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Music Education, B.M.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Music Education program at Biola University will help you develop the skills you need to prepare for a successful career in music education. Graduates have a nearly 100% success rate at finding jobs in music education within six months of graduation, which speaks to the program’s strength and effectiveness.
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The Music Education program at Biola University will prepare students to impact the world for Christ through their musical gifts and talents. The strengths of the music education program include:

  • Biola University Conservatory of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music
  • Teaching assistantships and student teaching opportunities
  • Highly respected and experienced faculty
  • Strong academic preparation for graduate school
  • Supportive community of dedicated Christian musicians and educators
  • Comprehensive curriculum
  • Challenging, private study
  • Broad range of large and small ensemble experiences
  • Service learning opportunities such as Dream Center Music Days and Music Education Outreach

What Will I Study?

In addition to the general core of music courses, our comprehensive Music Education program will guide you in developing skills that are critical for music directors in an educational context such as conducting, interpreting and performing music. 

Student conductor positions, teaching assistantships, student observation, and required student teaching provide invaluable hands-on experience that prepares you for a successful career in music education. Special service learning projects such as Dream Center Music Days and the Music Education Outreach program offer you a chance to apply your skills and make a difference in the lives of aspiring musicians.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marching Band Lab
  • Basic Conducting
  • Advanced Studies in Conducting
  • General Music Methods
  • Music for Children
  • Secondary Music Methods

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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  • In-State

    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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