Music

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

Turn your passion into a profession.

A music major will give you the training and experience you need to grow as a professional musician, singer, composer, or teacher.

The Curriculum
Grow personally and artistically

You’ll study music history and theory to enhance your love of the art and develop a critical ear. Your courses and professors will combine personal attention with musical expertise to nurture your creative growth. You may also choose a concentration to focus on your passion in a specific field, such as musical composition or education.

Learn from seasoned musicians

Our proximity to the Los Angeles music scene of will give you the opportunity to study privately with some of the finest musicians in the area. You can earn credit through lessons and practice in:

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Jazz Piano
  • Percussion
  • Composition
  • Organ
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Orchestral Strings
  • Guitar
  • Harp
Get plenty of performance experience

You’ll grow stronger as a performer by sharing your musical talents with the community through solo recitals or as part of an ensemble. Some of these ensembles go out on frequent tours to locations such as Hawaii, England, Scandinavia, and Italy. Ensemble opportunities include:

  • Cal Lutheran Choir
  • Women's Chorale
  • University Symphony
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
Apply for the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship

If you have superior talent in music, theatre, or art, then you should apply for a VAPA Scholarship. This scholarship awards up to $30,000 and requires an audition.

Programs

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor


Concentration Options
  • Church Music
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Technology
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performance

Popular Minor Pairings


The Experience
Music major photo of student or faculty

For students to grow as thoughtful and intelligent musicians requires them to be actively engaged in the creative process. For this to happen, I as a professor must cultivate an environment where, through mentorship, they apply their intellectual knowledge and inherent creativity in projects that encourage them to take risk and ask questions. These creative endeavors serve as powerful catalysts for growth and transformation within them and within myself as an artist and teacher.

Michael Hart
Assistant Professor
Music major photo of student or faculty

I think it’s important for students to have the opportunity to see the faculty perform. They become aware of what goes into performance: repertory selection, planning, rehearsal, and, most important, practice. This becomes part of the culture they inhabit and a model for what is necessary for success in the arts.

Daniel Geeting
Professor
Your Future

Our graduates have become successful singers, instrumentalists, and conductors throughout the country. They have embarked on careers teaching in public schools and universities, working in the church, or managing their own private studios. Others have found music-related work in the media, advertising, arts management, film, television, and recording industries.

Music majors have also gone on to graduate studies in vocal and instrument performance, choral conducting, and music education. 

Our alumni study at:
  • University of Southern California
  • Stanford University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Berklee School of Music
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of New Mexico
They work for:
  • Sony Pictures
  • Walt Disney Corporation
  • Phantom of the Opera National Tour
  • Tacoma Opera
  • Thousand Oaks High School
  • Newbury Park High School
  • Mt. Cross Lutheran Church
Career paths:
  • Professional Musician
  • Broadway Performer
  • Operatic Singer
  • High School Music Director
  • Church Musician
  • Film Composer
  • College Faculty

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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