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. In addition to the department’s general 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. The music program at 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 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 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 instruction in wind and brass instruments.)
• 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.
• International choir tours including one in Italy (Lucca, Venice, Rome) in 2010 and most recently in Germany and Austria (Munich, Salzburg, Vienna) in 2012. The LMU Concert Choir will tour in France in 2015.
• 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 and financial assistance for vocalists to study and perform during summer months in Europe, including at the Operafestival di Roma and the Frost School of Music Salzburg Summer Festival. Singers also can train in acting and appear in major operatic roles during the summer with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.