Bachelor

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.

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

Optional concentrations for all Bachelor of Music students:

This includes the following courses:

Worship Technology

3 UNITS

The Programming and Practice of Worship and practice is a comprehensive study of issues in the design and programming of worship services in Western Christian churches. The purpose of worship, its recent history in the west, its role in the Christian church, and the increasing emphasis of marketing worship as an evangelism tool to target groups are all issues that will be considered. Practical matters such as the primacy of congregational singing, musical styles, emotional flow, and seasonal services will also be presented. As offered.

Programming and Practicing of Worship

3 UNITS

The Programming and Practice of Worship and practice is a comprehensive study of issues in the design and programming of worship services in Western Christian churches. The purpose of worship, its recent history in the west, its role in the Christian church, and the increasing emphasis of marketing worship as an evangelism tool to target groups are all issues that will be considered. Practical matters such as the primacy of congregational singing, musical styles, emotional flow, and seasonal services will also be presented. As offered.

Audio Engineering I

3 UNITS 

The course will begin instruction in Audio Engineering, focusing on the methods, technology and terminology used to engineer aspects of live audio production. The class will include both live venue audio and live recording. Students will spend time outside the classroom and likely off-campus. As offered. 
Prerequisite: MUS 384

Worship Leadership and Performance Seminar

3 UNITS 

Worship Leadership and Performance continues the material studied in The Programming and Practice of worship and provides hands-on experience e n planning and leading worship. Several worship situations will be set up and assigned to students who will plan a worship service, adapting to the assigned context. The worship service will be led with class participants assisting in musical roles as needed, and other students participate as congregational members. Each worship experience will be analyzed and evaluated by fellow students and instructor, followed by constructive discussion addressing areas of strength and suggestions for improvement. As offered.

This includes the following courses:

Survey of Recording Technology

3 UNITS 

This course will introduce you to the technology of recording, including analog and digital recording, recording history, technical discoveries and the effect of recording on music at large. 
Prerequisite: MUS 224.

Digital Media Ethics

3 UNITS 

This course provides a comprehensive study of intellectual property, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, and rights of privacy and publicity. Specific topics include rights, infringement claims and defenses, ownership, duration, and registration. As Offered.

Audio Engineering I

3 UNITS 

The course will begin instruction in Audio Engineering, focusing on the methods, technology and terminology used to engineer aspects of live audio production. The class will include both live venue audio and live recording. Students will spend time outside the classroom and likely off-campus. As offered. 
Prerequisite: MUS 384

Audio Engineering II

3 UNITS 

The course will continue instruction in Audio Engineering, focusing on the methods, technology, and terminology used to engineer studio recordings. The class will include time in the main campus studio, as well as other venues. As Offered. 
Prerequisite: MUS 386

What to Expect

Instilling 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.

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We 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.

State-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.

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Wide-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.