Dr. Paul T. Plew, Chairperson
The Department of Music continually works to create an atmosphere for the entire student body that is conducive to
cultural growth and an appreciation for the fine arts. As an institutional member of the National Association of Schools
of Music, the department aims to give a well-balanced scope of many styles of music and opportunities for exposure to
The curriculum offered by the Department of Music is designed to serve the entire University community. Applied
music courses (private lessons, ensembles, etc.) are available to all students of the University for active music
participation and development of individual musical skills. Additional courses are also open for growth in the knowledge
and expression of the musical arts.
“Excellence in music is our passion, because glorifying God with our best offering is what drives us.” -Dr. Paul T. Plew
At The Master’s University we believe that music fulfills what nothing else can satisfy. It fosters creativity, confidence,
and community responsibility while promoting diligence and multicultural understanding. Music equips the mind and
the spirit and produces skills that transfer to all areas of life. Our department, which is large enough to provide a variety
of performance opportunities but small enough to grant individual attention to each student, seeks to develop musicians
who have the desire to excel for the glory of God.
Students select from two degrees and 14 emphases. The Bachelor of Music degree is offered in Vocal Performance,
Piano Performance, Performance with Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy, Instrumental Performance, Traditional Worship,
Music Education, and Composition. The Bachelor of Arts in Music is offered as a general degree or with an emphasis
in Biblical Studies, Communication, Audio Technology, Student Ministries, Business, or Modern Worship. Degrees are
designed to be completed in four years.
General Education Requirements
Bachelor of Music majors are exempted from the following General Education requirements: 3 units of Essentials of
World History, the General Literature Elective, Essentials of Economics and Society, and Spoken Communication.
Bachelor of Arts majors fulfill the normal General Education requirements. All majors should check the list of required
General Education courses found on page 42.
The Bachelor of Music Degree
This 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. Students must demonstrate satisfactory ability and preparation in order to be considered for the degree, and
must show adequate progress by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M. program.
B.M. 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.”
B.M. in Music Education
equips the student with the necessary skills, understanding, and methodologies to teach
vocal, instrumental, and general music in the K-12 grade school system. Certification begins after this four-year degree