All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and performance strengths necessary for successful completion of the stated curriculum. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Conservatory of Music as a music major. A student will be admitted to the Conservatory after:
- Meeting the requirements for university admission.
- Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references supplied.
- Passing a Conservatory audition, including a basic musicianship examination designed to demonstrate university level music study readiness.
After acceptance and upon entrance, students will be given placement examinations and auditions in music theory, keyboard skills and performance. These examinations are given for the purpose of validating prior study and determining proper placement in music courses. Specific information concerning the content of these examinations and suggestions for preparation are available by writing the Conservatory of Music office. To find out more, please call the Conservatory of Music's general number at 562.903.4892 or email Anna Glenn at music [at] biola [dot] edu.
Transfer of Credit/Advanced Standing
With the exception of courses in music theory, keyboard skills, and individual performance, courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States will be accepted on a comparable course basis.
Prior study in the areas of music theory, keyboard skills, and individual performance will be validated through placement examinations.
Advanced standing may be gained through placement examinations in the areas of music theory, keyboard skills, and individual performance; however, no units of credit will be allowed for waived courses. Waiver of courses on the basis of placement examinations without comparable prior course credit will increase elective units available.
Credit for courses taken at a non-accredited college or university will be granted only through placement or challenge examinations.
Find out more about application and audition guidelines.
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