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School of Music

Dr. Paul T. Plew, Dean

The School 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 school aims to offer a well-balanced scope of many styles of music and opportunities for exposure to those


The curriculum offered by the School 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 school, 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 H211/212

Essentials of World History I/II, the General Literature Elective, ECN200 Essentials of Economics and Society, and

C100 Spoken Communication. Bachelor of Arts majors fulfill the normal general education requirements. All majors

should check the list of required courses in the General Education section.

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.”