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Performance Major

Earn a BM in Music: Performance at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll be equipped as a musician to take your art to the next level—preparing for careers in performance, private teaching, or to pursue advanced degrees. You’ll expand your résumé and skillset by participating in musical ensembles, attending and performing in recitals, and honing your abilities in one-on-one lessons with world class musicians. You’ll have access to the greater Los Angeles area—a hub of diverse venues and opportunities—graduating ready to start a successful musical career.

Program at a Glance

The School of Music nurtures students’ faith and talents to develop and excel as world-class music professionals.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2024: February 15, 2024 (priority)
  • Spring 2024: December 1, 2023 (priority)

College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

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Program Information

  • Program Units: 85


  • Azusa (Main Campus)
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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Foster professional connections with faculty-mentors in small class sizes.
  • Integrate faith and musicianship.
  • Participate in our many varied musical ensembles and perform regularly.
  • Choose from brass, wind, percussion, guitar, harp, organ, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, or vocal.
  • Take advantage of performance opportunities in L.A., in all music genres from classical to pop

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

Program Details

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a performance emphasis prepares students for applied teaching and for advanced study in the performance area of their choice. In addition to music performance, courses in theory, music history, literature, and conducting give students thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your APU Undergraduate Application
  2. Select your music major (if applicable)
  3. When prompted, complete your music scholarship application via Get Acceptd and schedule your audition
  4. If eligible, complete your FAFSA (does not apply to international students)

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to audition as soon as possible for best consideration.

Learn more about auditions and scholarships.


All music students are encouraged to audition. Once a student has completed their APU Application and Get Acceptd Application, they will schedule an audition through the Get Acceptd platform.

2023-2024 Audition Dates:

  • October 20, 2023
  • November 3, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • January 26, 2024
  • February 2, 2024
  • February 8, 2024
  • February 15, 2024

Learn more about auditions and scholarships.

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General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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You might think that a private college education is beyond your reach, but there are many financial resources available to help make an Azusa Pacific education a reality. APU students may take advantage of three basic types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as or The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

Now that you’re familiar with the financial aid opportunities available to APU students, it’s time to estimate what your true cost may be to attend Azusa Pacific. Remember, estimations are only as accurate as the information you provide. Click on the Net Price Calculator button below to begin.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

  • Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 
  • A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). 

Featured Faculty

Jonli Tunstall

Jonli Tunstall

Adjunct Professor

Kristof Van Grysperre

Kristof Van Grysperre

Adjunct Professor, Area Director of Vocal Studies

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Men's Choir singing

APU Professor Sings on Golden Globe-Winning and Oscar-Nominated Film Dune

The vocals of Azusa Pacific University professor Michael Geiger, MFA, adjunct professor, School of Music, associate director, Men's Chorale, were featured in the film and soundtrack of the latest cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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