All music courses are faculty-taught and are limited in size to provide the most personal attention to each student. The program offers a balanced curriculum in musicianship, historical perspectives and music performance. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, often called "the degree of the future," offers the maximum career opportunities following graduation with concentrations in Instrumental Studies, Vocal Studies, Theory/Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Conducting. The B.A. degree also provides an appropriate background for prospective candidates pursuing advanced degrees in preparation for work as musicologists, composers, arts administrators, music educators as well as professional performers.
Students can major or minor in music at LMU. For majors, four years of private lessons are included in the university tuition and professional accompanists are available for lessons, auditions, and recital preparation at no additional charge.
What the Music Program Offers
- 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, the department offers a music minor as well as non-major/minor instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet and French horn. Beginning in the Fall of 2018 trombone will be added.
- 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. An upcoming tour is planned for England and France in 2019.
- 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. The 2018 festival will feature Martha Masters, Ryan Ayres, and Dmitri Illarionov.
- 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.