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Dr. Paul T. Plew, Chairperson

The Department of Music continually works to

create for the entire student body an atmosphere 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 those styles.

The curriculum offered by the Department of Music

is designed to serve the entire College community.

Applied Music courses (private lessons, ensembles,

etc.) are available to all students of the College for

active music participation and development of

individual musical skills. Additional courses are open

as well 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 College 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 thirteen

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 degrees include B.A. in Music and B.A. in Music

with emphases in Biblical Studies, Communication,

Audio Technology, Student Ministries, and Modern

Worship. Degrees are designed to be completed in

four years.

General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Music Degree majors are exempted

from the following General Education requirements:

3 units of World History, the English Literature

Elective, Economics and Society, and Spoken

Communication. Bachelor of Arts Degree majors

fulfill the normal General Education requirements.

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 progress by the end of the

sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M.

degree 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

program because the State of California requires

completion of a bachelor’s degree before beginning

the California teaching credential.

B.M. in Performance

prepares students for a career

in performance, teaching, or advanced study in piano,

voice, or an instrument. The program includes a

breadth and depth of music studies to ensure a

thorough foundation.

B.M. in Piano Performance with Emphasis in


allows piano majors who plan to teach the

opportunity to focus on pedagogy through course

work and practical experience.

B.M. in Traditional Worship

prepares students

to reach the body of worshipers in evangelical