Although Opus119 College-Conservatory of Music does not have age limit for applying to the program, applicant must meet the minimum requirement of secondary education and other relevant learning described below.
Applicant must graduate from high school or complete equivalent secondary education prior to the Fall Semester enrollment. GED also qualifies for admission consideration. OCCM does not accept Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test scores for the application prerequisite fulfillment.
Due to priority in student’s performance ability rather than academic ability, OCCM does not set requirement on types and amount of general education acquired prior to enrolling OCCM. We believe general education provided by secondary education or the certification of equivalent education to be sufficient general education prior to enrolling OCCM.
Ability to converse, read, and understand English with modest ease is necessary in successful completion of the program. Applicant whose native language is not English regardless of citizenship must submit the official score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please see the Required Application Materials for Bachelor of Music in Performance program below for required scores.
Applicant must demonstrate music performance abilities appropriate for incoming collegiate level.
Incoming First Year Applicant:
a) Completed Application form
c) List of repertoire learned
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d) Official high school transcript or equivalent certification for the completion of the secondary education.
If the document is not in English, the original document with certified translation must be submitted.
e) Short essay
Applicant must submit a short essay briefly describing one’s goal in music.
f) Non-refundable application fee of $80.00
g) Letters of recommendation
Applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, one from a primary instrumental teacher, one from an academic teacher, and one letter from a professional musician other than their primary instrumental teacher.
h) SAT score for native language speakers, TOEFL score for non-native speakers. OCCM does not determine application based on standardized test scores; however, submission of the score is required. Submitted score will be used as reference only.
i) TOEFL score for non-native speakers
Modest ease in ability to converse, read, and understand in English is prerequisite in studying at OCCM as all courses are taught in English. TOEFL minimum score requirement is 79.
All applicants for OCCM must audition in either recorded (digital video only) or live format. Acceptance into the OCCM’s program will be based on availability number in the studio of each of the applied studies faculty and applicant’s performance level. Applicant must first contact OCCM through its website to see if there’s opening within the studio.
Audition Requirement for Bachelor of Music in Performance:
1. One etude of applicant’s choice, demonstrating technical ability
2. Three contrasting pieces or movements from each of the following periods; Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary
Applicant who wishes to transfer to OCCM from another post-secondary institution must follow the same application procedure as the incoming freshman applicant. Additional requirements are:
k) Transcript from the post-secondary institution applicant wish to transfer from This document to be submitted in place of document described in d)
l) Completed Transfer Release form
OCCM does not have transfer of credit agreement with other institutions. For
transferability of credits earned at another institution, please see Academic Policies.
All material must be submitted to:
Opus119 College-Conservatory of Music Office of Admissions and Registrar
16 Truman Street
Irvine, CA 92620
Acceptance decision on all applicant is based on the result of audition.
Applicant’s audition will be evaluated for its 1) technicality, 2) artistry, and 3) execution level. OCCM requires all of its enrolling student to be at the collegiate level of performance execution. If an applicant does not meet the standard set by the faculties and department chairs, the applicant will be denied for the enrollment regardless of the opening in the applied studies studios.
Once an applicant’s performance ability is deemed fit for the applied instrumental studies studio, the remaining application material will be reviewed. Each applicant will be ranked for the enrollment priority. Applicant will be accepted into the program at OCCM based on the availability in each of the applied studies studio.
Accepted student who wishes to enroll must submit the final official transcript from the secondary education institution or the copy of GED, along with the Enrollment Agreement Form.
This institution is provisionally approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer this degreeprogram, this institution must meet the following requirements:
◦ Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
◦ Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by June 6, 2019, and full accreditation by June 6, 2022.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:
◦ Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
◦ Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.
Opus119 College-Conservatory of Music (OCCM) strives to nurture music students to become professional musicians of today who not only excel at their own performances but also become effective teachers and keen entrepreneurs. At OCCM we offer Bachelor of Music in Performance degree program. OCCM is an institution not yet accredited. We intend to receive the accreditation by August 2023, and our curriculum strictly follow the guidelines implemented by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is a professional degree earned through 4 years of undergraduate study. At OCCM, 75% of the curriculum consists of music courses and applied instrumental studies. Study in general education courses supplement the rest of the curriculum to offer students broader scope in the learning beyond music. The institution operates on a semester system. One academic year consists of two 15-week semesters, for a total of 30 weeks of instructional time. The completion of the degree program requires fulfillment of 120 semester credits in both required and elective courses. Full-time BM students are required to fulfill 12 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students must have at least 2 consecutive semesters enrolled as full-time student in order to receive the degree. OCCM does not offer any distance education.
Of 120 semester credits required for the completion of the degree, 30 semester credits will be in general education courses. OCCM offers several liberal arts courses that are essential in understanding development and philosophies in music. Offered courses will vary from semester to semester depending on the need of students and the area of expertise of a faculty. Each course will range from 3 semester credits to 4 semester
credits depending on the level.