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Instrumental Performance


Instrumental Performance, Bachelor of Music

The Instrumental Performance emphasis best 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.

Instrumental Performance 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.

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Accreditation

The Master’s University is accredited by NASM, the National Association of Schools of Music. The 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).

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. We aim to offer a well-balanced scope of many styles of music and opportunities for exposure to those styles. The curriculum 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 participation and development of individual musical skills.

  • Additional courses are also open for growth in the knowledge and expression of the musical arts.


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.


The school provides an acoustically mastered recital hall that is flexible for rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions.

  • 15 Wenger sound-proof practice rooms, including V-rooms with built-in emulation of larger environments. Thirty-three pianos, two organs, and two harpsichords.

  • 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 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.

Study Abroad

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX)

TMU Italy

GO! Global Outreach


  • The Master’s Chorale: 53-member auditioned choir

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

  • Women’s 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

  • The Master’s 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.

  • 100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

  • Prelude: completing your audition for entrance into the School of Music. For more information about auditions, please see HERE and select the “Prospective Students” tab.

Potential Careers

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Core Courses

MU477 Instrumental Pedagogy
MU478 Instrumental Literature
MU366 Tonal Counterpoint
MU445 Arranging
MU474 Orchestration
MU340B/F/V/P/W Chamber Ensembles
MU141A Music Theory I - IV
MU141B Aural Skills I - IV
B102 Old Testament I & II
B201 New Testament I & II
BTH321 Christian Theology I & II

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