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Composition emphasis, Bachelor of Music

The Composition emphasis gives students the foundation to continue in graduate school or engage in one of many careers in music. Examples include composing, teaching, performing, and jobs in the recording industry. Students acquire skills in instrumentation, arranging, and other aspects of composition, along with experiencing performances of their 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 to discover a personal compositional “voice.”

This is a professional degree designed for those with a strong music background who anticipate a vocation in music. It prepares candidates for comprehensive musicianship and performance skills for graduate school and a variety of music careers. Students must demonstrate satisfactory ability and preparation to be considered for the degree and must show adequate progress by the end of the sophomore year to continue in the B.M. program.

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited School of Music is large enough to provide performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, yet small enough to grant individual attention and a variety of experiences. Our graduating Bachelor of Music students recently scored in the 96th percentile in the 2018 national standardized test (Education Testing Service, Princeton). Applied music courses (private lessons, ensembles, etc.) are available for active participation and development of individual musical skills, and additional courses are also open for growth in the knowledge and expression of the musical arts.


The school provides an acoustically mastered recital hall that is flexible for rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions, in addition to 15 Wenger sound-proof practice rooms, including some V-rooms with built-in emulation of larger environments. Students have access to 33 pianos, two organs, and two harpsichords. TheMaster’ss University music facilities include the most recent music notation and sequencing software programs. The state-of-the-art recording facility is integrated into the recital hall. This all-digital room is anchored by a 32-fader ICON D-Control work surface and features an industry-standard Avid Pro Tools HDX2 system with a variety of plugins and outboard processing. The studio is used for classes as well as school ensemble projects, allowing audio technology students to put their knowledge to the test in a real-world studio recording context.


  • TheMaster’ss Chorale: 53-member auditioned choir

  • Wind Ensemble: approximately 50 music majors, non-music majors, and community members

*Women’ss Chamber Choir: 15-20 women

  • Handbells: three handbell choirs (basic, advanced and small ensemble)

  • Chamber Strings: auditioned ensemble of students, faculty, and musicians from the local community

  • University Singers: non-auditioned, a campus community choir of approximately 150 members

  • TheMaster’ss University Orchestra: The 70 members come from both TMU students and accomplished instrumentalists from the northern Los Angeles area, many of whom are professional musicians

  • Opera Workshop: semester project concluding in a staged production of selected opera scenes or a full opera

  • Other Ensembles: Piano Ensembles, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles including a String Quartet, Brass Quartet and Woodwind Quintet, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, Vocal Jazz Quartet and Barbershop Quartet.


Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

Complete your audition for entrance into the School of Music in Prelude:


  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

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Core Courses

Total units required for emphasis (80)
Bachelor of Music core courses (57)
MU160W/360W Individual Instruction in Composition (6)
MU221 Digital Music Technology I/Film Scoring (2)
MU222 Introduction to Composition (2)
MU366 Tonal Counterpoint (2)
MU406 Popular Music Since 1900 (3)
MU443 20th Century Analysis (2)
MU445 Arranging (2)
MU474 Orchestration (2)
Bible (21)

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