B.M. Degree in Composition

The Composition degree is one of the most exciting areas of study within the Biola Conservatory. It will give you hands on experience in composing concert and film music. Each year you will learn to write in a wide variety of styles and will enjoy live performances of your pieces. You will study privately with some of the finest composers in the Los Angeles area. During your time at Biola you will be required to compose 9 concert works; these include pieces for string quartet, full orchestra, choir, piano, and other ensembles. You will also have the option to collaborate with film students by scoring music for their movie projects.

Much of your time at the Conservatory will be spent in our state-of-the-art Composers Studio with programs like Logic, Digital Performer, Vienna Strings, Finale, and Sibelius. You will also attend the Composition Seminar where you will gain valuable skills in music business, score study, listening, presenting your own work, and exploring what it means to be a composer committed to Christ. Three annual concerts will feature the works of Conservatory composition students. Three composition competitions will give you valuable feedback from qualified judges from within and outside of the Biola Conservatory. A large and talented studio of over 20 composition majors will give you a community to thrive in. Biola’s proximity to Los Angeles, one of the artistic centers of the world, puts you in just the right location to experience the music industry firsthand.

The Composition program at the Biola Conservatory of Music is one of the strongest in the nation. Not only will it help you to hone your creative skills in music, but it will prepare you for a successful career in service to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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High School Music Competition

Find out more about how to win scholarship aid by entering our first annual High School Composition Competition.


Within each major, the Conservatory of Music offers 5 emphases:

Note: Completion of the music major fulfills the general education requirement for both degree programs in fine arts. Students in both degree programs must maintain a 2.00 GPA in the major and receive a minimum grade of "C-" in each course.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree are exempt from the general education requirement in foreign language, literature and need take only five units in mathematics and/or science.

Note: For non-performance majors, the workshop related to principal instrument may be waived. For voice principals, voice class may be waived.