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.
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:
- Brass instruments
- Other string instruments
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 Improvisation 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.
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
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
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:
- Northwestern University
- Stanford University
- Edgar Allen Recording Institute
- New York University
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of New Mexico
- California State University, Northridge
They work for:
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- European School of Music
- Morning Star Christian Church
- Mt. Cross Lutheran Church
- Music Reports, Inc.
- Newbury Park High School
- St Patrick's Episcopal Church
- Tell the Truth Pictures
- High School Choir Director
- Piano Teacher
- Music Director
- Sanctuary Choir Director
- Music Research Assistant
- Choir Accompanist
- Studio Assistant