Mission of the Conservatory
Although rooted in a classical tradition, Biola offers a variety of opportunities to explore a breadth of musical styles and traditions. From traditional classical to current technology-based forms and styles, from opera to musical theater, from jazz to ethnic musics to commercial and contemporary Christian music, Biola prepares its students for careers and ministry opportunities in a wide range of contexts.
Students at Biola learn first hand the rigors of musical composition and history, as well as the challenge of enhancing personal performance. They develop a sound Christian worldview taught by today's top Christian thinkers while studying in the heart of Southern California - one of the world's leading music centers.
Founded in 1908, Biola remains one of America's premiere Christian institutions of higher education offering an educational experience equal to the finest schools and music conservatories anywhere. Accredited with the prestigious National Association of Schools of Music, students can pursue Bachelor of Music degrees in performance, music education, and composition. Biola also offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Courses in all degree programs encompass traditional classical study in music theory, history, and performance with the objective of preparing students for graduate studies.
It is the intention of the faculty that all graduates of the Biola Conservatory of Music will be able to compete well in the broader performing arts context, will espouse and be able to articulate well a Christian worldview, and will be prepared to serve the local church and its worldwide mission.