Bachelor Degree at California Baptist University


Give us four years and we’ll help you make the most of your musical gift…and live your purpose.

California Baptist University’s Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music offers one of the most progressive music programs on the West Coast. The music major instills in students a foundation for lifelong growth and discovery in music—and in life.

See Bachelor of Music curriculum and course descriptions

15991674379_48630bd8a6_kInstilling a Passion for Excellence
Beyond merely entertaining audiences, you’ll be encouraged to engage passionately with your music—to truly communicate a mastery of experience and emotion. That’s why in every class, rehearsal and performance, students are motivated to higher standards that will encourage them to develop and expand their God-given gifts and ultimately share them with others.

16177726205_0b84a28010_oWe believe in making connections.
Unlike typical music schools that preserve the past with a traditional repertoire, CBU’s music is forward-looking. The school’s musical philosophy is driven by the idea of making connections: between the music and the performer, the performer and the conductor, and the performer and the audience.

15104857970_cafb18edd2_oState-of-the-art Technology
You’ll work with the latest music technology on both your personal MacBook Pro computers and in computer labs and classrooms located within the state-of-the-art Hawkins Music Building. Software for professional and audio production, sequencing and publishing quality notation are used each day in many of the core music courses.

15989574071_037887cf51_kWide-ranging Performance Opportunities
CBU music students have the opportunity to share music in a number of venues ranging from intimate church sanctuaries to celebrated concert halls. With each performance, you’ll be developing the charisma to communicate personally with the audience and take them to a higher level of self-discovery and awareness.


Earn your Bachelor of Music in any of the following areas:

Instrumental Performance
Keyboard Accompanying
Music Education
Piano Performance
Vocal Performance

Optional Concentrations for all Bachelor of Music students

Worship Leadership Concentration
Which includes the following courses:

MUS 370 Worship Technology 3 units
MUS 374 Programming and Practice of Worship 3 units
MUS 386 Audio Engineering I 3 units
MUS 471 Worship Leadership and Performance Seminar 3 units


See Worship Leadership Concentration curriculum and course descriptions

Digital Arts Concentration
Which includes the following courses:

MUS 384 Survey of Recording Technology 3 units
MUS 385 Digital Media Ethics 3 units
MUS 386 Audio Engineering I 3 units
MUS 387 Audio Engineering II 3 units

See Digital Arts Concentration curriculum and course descriptions