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Welcome to the Department of Music at The Master’s University. Our mission is to inspire students toward excellence in every way for the Master, and we think we have a place for you!

The Master’s University is accredited by NASM, the National Association of Schools of Music. With 2 degrees and 14 emphases, our department is large enough to provide performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities and small enough to grant individual attention and a variety of experiences. Our Senior Bachelor of Music students recently scored in the 97th percentile in 2016 in the national standardized test (Education Testing Service, Princeton). Come find out how you can be a part of the music happening at TMU!

Bachelor of Music


Bachelor of Music Core

  • 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

Instrumental Performance

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.

  • Bachelor of Music Degree Core Courses (61)

  • MU340c Instrumental Chamber Ensembles (4)

  • MU360 Additional instruction in primary instrument (6)

  • One of the following:

    • MU366 Tonal Counterpoint (2)

    • MU443 20th Century Analysis (2)

    • MU474 Orchestration (2)

  • MU260 Recital (30 minutes) (1)

  • MU460 Recital (60 minutes) (2)

  • MU477 Instrumental Pedagogy (1)

  • MU478 Instrumental Literature (1)

Total units required for emphasis: 78

Piano Performance

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.

  • 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) (1)

  • MU460A Recital (60 minutes) (2)

Total units required for emphasis: 76.5

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

Exempted from Piano Foundations

Vocal Performance

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.

  • 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) (1)

  • MU460B Recital (60 minutes) (2)

Total units required for emphasis: 80

Composition

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)

  • MU366 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

Music Education

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:

    • MU366 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) (1)

Total units required for emphasis: 89-90

*Satisfies Gen Ed requirement

Traditional Worship

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)

  • Music Electives (4)

  • MU260 Recital (30 minutes) (1)

Total units required for emphasis: 81

*May be satisfied by MU340 Chamber Ensembles**

Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Arts in Music

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 (1)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 65

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

Audio Technology

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN AUDIO TECHNOLOGY is an AVID accredited program 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

Biblical Studies

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 (1)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 67

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

Business

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC with EMPHASIS IN BUSINESS provides a foundation in both music and selected areas of Business such as marketing, business management and more.

  • 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 University 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)

  • MU406 Popular Music Since 1900 (3)

  • MU396 World Music (3)

  • MU411 Computers in Music (2)

  • MU482 Senior Seminar (2)

  • MU260 Recital (30 min.) or approved Project (1)

  • Major Performing Ensemble (4)

  • Music Electives (6)

    • Choose from the following:

      • MU223 Audio Engineering I (3)

      • MU251 Introduction to Audio Technology (3)

      • MU313 Percussion Techniques (1)

      • MU314 Woodwind Techniques (1)

      • MU315 Brass Techniques (1)*

      • MU316 String Techniques (1)

      • MU348 Production Techniques (1)

      • MU354 Introduction to Audio Editing, Pro Tools II (3)*

      • MU355 Introduction to Audio Mixing, Pro Tools III (3)*

      • MU385 Piano Pedagogy I (2)

      • MU404 Recording Techniques (3)*

      • MU476 Advanced Conducting (2)*

      • Music Business Internship (1-2)

      • Other choices available on request.

  • MKT361 Marketing Strategies (3)

  • MKT462 Sales and Customer Service (3)

  • MGT330 Business Communications (3)

  • BUS320 Business Law (3)

  • Business Electives (6)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 69

*Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

Communication

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 (1)

**Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 67\ ***Satisfies General Education Requirement

♦ Testing out allowed for one or both semesters

Modern Worship

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 (1)

Total Bachelor of Arts in Music units: 65

*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

The Master's Chorale
Wind Ensemble
Women's Chamber Choir
Handbells
Chamber Strings
University Singers
The Master's University Orchestra
TMU Opera Workshop
Other Ensembles

Department Handbook

Music Major Entrance Auditions

Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm, MC203

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 4:00-6:00 pm, MC203

For all entering music majors who have not yet performed a music scholarship audition.

Contact Caroline Peters at cgmartin@masters.edu to schedule your audition.

Music Theory Placement Exams

Date & Time TBA

A mandatory Music Theory Placement exam is required of all incoming music students. This basic exam covers the fundamentals of music including pitch, rhythm, scales, key signatures, intervals and triad types.

Course Exemption exams are available for entering students with extensive theory background. These exams cover significant topics from each course and are only available at the beginning of a student’s time as a TMU music major. The course descriptions available in the TMU catalog contain specific content information. Once a student has taken Exemption exams and been placed into the music theory sequence, all remaining required levels of music theory courses must be completed.

At this time, students seeking to transfer music theory coursework from either AP classes or another college must still complete a TMU Exemption exam to verify that the topics covered are equitable.

Piano Foundations Information

Description:

The four-semester Piano Foundations sequence facilitates the development of functional piano skills for the non-keyboard music major and the nonperformance keyboard music major. The courses build skills in the areas of:

  • Keyboard theory and technique

  • Sight-reading

  • Solo and ensemble repertoire

  • Harmonization and improvisation

  • Accompanying, transposition and score reading (instrumental, vocal and choral)

Mandatory Placement Auditions:

Date & Time TBA Sign ups for specific times will be available at the Music Department table during WOW check-in and at the Music Major Orientation Meeting.

All students must take a Piano Foundations audition at the beginning of their time as a TMU music major. The purpose of these auditions is to allow entering students to place into the course most suited to their current level of ability. Students are permitted to audition once; multiple auditions are not permitted. Once a student has auditioned and been placed into the sequence, all remaining levels of the Piano Foundations courses must be completed.

Auditions are held during WOW week and are informal. Each student will be asked to demonstrate their current level of ability as a pianist and will be given sight-reading and technical components to match the various course levels.

Requirements by Degree:

Piano Foundations I-IV (MU131, MU132, MU231, MU232) is a requirement for students pursuing a Bachelor of Music* or Bachelor of Arts in Music (General) degree program. Piano Performance and Piano Performance/Pedagogy majors are exempted due to other degree-specific coursework. *Composition, Music Education, Traditional Worship, and B.A. in Music (General) majors who list piano as their primary performance instrument must establish sufficient skill level to place out of Piano Foundations or must take the courses to attain that skill level concurrently with individual instruction.

Piano Foundations I-II (MU 131, MU132) is a requirement for any students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Emphases (Audio Technology, Biblical Studies, Communication, Modern Worship, and Student Ministry) degree program or a Minor in Music.

Individual instruction in piano is not a substitute for the Piano Foundations requirement, but private lessons in piano for non-keyboard emphasis students may be pursued once the degree requirement is fulfilled.

Private Lesson Fees

$485 per unit (30 minute lesson) in addition to regular tuition fees\

Accompanists

Vocalists and instrumentalists will be responsible for hiring and paying their own accompanists for private vocal or instrumental lessons ($150 and higher per semester based on accompanist experience and availability). An approved list of student and professional accompanists will be provided when students arrive on campus.

Class Schedule

Contact the Freshman Advisor, Claire Blackwell, at cblackwell@masters.edu if you have questions about your major requirements or class schedule.

Prof Publications

Emphasis

  • Audio Technology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Modern Worship
  • Student Ministries

Program Credits

Total: 155-162
General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 29
Emphasis/Electives: 65-72

Sample Course Offerings:

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