Majors in the LMU Department of Music work toward the goal of earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music over four years of study. The program is devoted primarily to classical training and music. In addition to the department’s general classical music curriculum, all music majors select at least one of the following Concentrations (Junior-Senior year specialties): Instrumental Studies, Vocal Studies, Theory/Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Conducting.
The Department of Music’s overall curriculum strikes a good balance between active performance and scholarly pursuits. The program invites students to excel as performers in ensembles and as soloists, develop music production and leadership abilities, and attain high academic standards in formal writing, analytic skills, and oral communication.
Minoring in music is also a viable option: the music minor fits well with many majors at LMU. Double majoring in music and another major is also possible, especially with those in the College of Business Administration and the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Loyola Marymount University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.).
• Small class sizes (10-15 students) for all of its academic curriculum, including its four-semester sequence of music theory and three semesters of Western music history. Such small classes better enable personalized, individual attention, which is essential given the detailed and challenging content of these courses.
• A distinguished faculty of performers, artists-in-residence, and expert pedagogues who provide private lessons and classical training in voice and the following instruments: guitar, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass.
(Please note: LMU's Department of Music does not offer a major in woodwind and brass instruments. However, beginning in the Fall of 2016, the department will offer a music minor as well as non-major/minor instruction in flute, oboe, and clarinet.)
• Free availability of professional accompanists for private lessons, ensemble rehearsals and coaching, and all public recital performances.
• Many opportunities for public performance: in total the department presents more than 30 choral, operatic, large and small instrumental ensemble, and solo concerts, recitals, and performance classes every academic year.
• Courses in world music and the opportunity to play in Balinese gamelan and West African (Ghanan) drumming ensembles.
• Opportunities to travel overseas while participating in international choir tours. The LMU Concert Choir most recently toured France (Paris, Versailles, Normandy) in June, 2015. Previous tours included one in Italy (Lucca, Venice, Rome) in 2010 and another in Germany and Austria (Munich, Salzburg, Vienna) in 2012.
• A professional guitar concert series presented throughout the year and the annual LMU Guitar Festival held in March. Over the past decade the guitar series has featured many internationally acclaimed classical guitarists, lutenists, and other string instrument specialists. Many of these performers also presented master classes for LMU student guitarists.
• Opportunities for voice majors in the Sinatra Opera Workshop to receive financial assistance to study and perform during summer months with festivals in Europe, including the Operafestival di Roma and the Frost School of Music Salzburg Summer Festival, when accepted by the festival through auditions. Singers have also trained in acting and appeared in major operatic roles during the summer with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival when accepted by audition.