Bachelor of Music

APU’s Bachelor of Music major (B.M.) equips musicians to take their art to the next level. The Bachelor of Music degree differs from the Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) by providing a more rigorous, conservatory approach. Where the B.A. program requires 56-69 units, the B.M. degrees require 85-101 units. The music major (B.M.) prepares students with the in-depth artistic and practical skills and knowledge needed to start a musical career in performance, music ministry and worship leadership, music performance and private teaching, the commercial music industry, professional composing, or to pursue advanced degrees in music.

Through courses in theory, music history, literature, and conducting, Bachelor of Music majors receive thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship. Students gain extensive, diverse musical experience by participating in musical ensembles, attending and performing in recitals, and taking voice and piano classes.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Music may choose from four areas of focus:

Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music

The Commercial Music degree prepares students for careers in both the Christian and secular commercial music industry.

Bachelor of Music in Composition

The Music Composition degree prepares students for graduate study or work as a professional composer.

Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship

The Music and Worship major provides students with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Music Performance major prepares musicians for advanced degrees and careers in performance and teaching.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.