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Music & Communication


Communication emphasis, Bachelor of Arts in Music

This degree is for students with a musical background who desire to achieve a solid education in music along with a significant amount of study in communication.

Well-rounded skills in these subjects prepare students for graduate school or career positions in a wide range of vocations, including public relations, the recording industry, sound engineering, church music ministry, musical theater, music editing, music publishing, and teaching. This emphasis is suitable for either career supporting Christian organizations or working in a secular work environment.


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. The Master’s 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.

  • 30 miles from all major studios in Los Angeles: Disney (23 miles), Columbia Pictures (31 miles), 20thCentury Fox (29 miles), Paramount Pictures (27 miles), Universal Pictures (23 miles), MGM (28 miles) and more.

  • With cutting-edge content and state-of-the-art equipment, students are taught ahead of the trends, positioning them to be pioneers and entrepreneurs while still in school and leaders upon graduation with access to Black Magic Design industry-level 4K cameras, sound and light equipment, podcast studio, and more.

  • The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Accredited School of Music provides world-class performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, individual attention to each student, and a wide variety of experiences.

  • 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.

  • Communications degree salaries in California average $49,000 in 2019, with starting salaries ranging between $24,000 - $38,000. California ranks as the #4 state for communication degree salaries.


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 at Prelude:


  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

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Core Courses

Communication Emphasis Courses B.A. in Music core courses (29)
MU160 Individual Instruction in primary instrument (6)
MU334 Music Leadership and Administration (2)
MU393 Music History & Literature I (3) or MU394 Music History & Literature II (3)
C211 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
C371 Interpersonal Communication (3)
C472 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
Communication electives (9)
Major Performing Ensemble (4)
Music electives (4)
MU260B Recital (30 min.) or approved project (1)
Bible (21)

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