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Fine Arts Division

Music At Pepperdine

Major and Minor

Music Major

Seaver College's Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with different areas of emphasis. In addition, a Secondary Teaching Credential may be earned through the addition of electives.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The music curriculum is designed to enhance and expand the student's musical ability. Theoretical and historical studies are intended to be utilized by the student studying applied music and participating in the various performing organizations. Students may choose one or more areas of emphasis study which may lead to a career in performing, teaching, or one of many music-related professions.

Students who have not auditioned and received prior acceptance into the University's music programs as music majors must audition during the first week of the semester in which they enter the school. Those accepted as music majors will be notified in writing by the music department. 

For more information regarding ancillary requirements, recitals, private music lessons, music scholarship information, important documents, and many other important items related to the Music major and minor, please see the Music Student Handbook.

Course Requirements

The requirements for entrance and for education as set forth in this catalog are in accordance with the regulations of the National Association of Schools of Music. Tests will be administered in theory placement and in the principal performance medium. Students can declare a music minor only after enrolling in MUS 111.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a major in Music should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a proficiency of musicianship in aural skills, keyboard skills and sight reading.
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of music through accepted theoretical and formal procedures of analysis.
  • Narrate the basic history of music beginning with the antiquities, being able to identify major periods, composers and significant works of music through a fundamental knowledge of music style.
  • Demonstrate the techniques and skills specifically related to the individual student’s emphasis.
  • Meet the obligations of his or her community of peers, learning and applying lessons of leadership, service, and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate a basic facility in music technology.
  • Develop a general knowledge of the music industry, being able to identify significant contemporary artists, cultural centers, publications and trends.
  • Design and perform a full program of music, a capstone experience synthesizing the acquired knowledge and skills with the developed talent of the individual student.
  • Share his or her developed musical talent with the community at large.

Music Minor (16 units)

A minor in music shall consist of sixteen lower-division units and eight upper- division units.

Secondary Teaching Credential

A student can graduate with a bachelor's degree in music and a California Teaching Credential in music by completing the thirty 34 units in single subject education as part of the student's undergraduate elective courses and passing the California Single Subject Assessment Test California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in Music. More information about the credential program can be found in the Teacher Education section of this catalog. More information about the California Single Subject Assessment Test California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) may be obtained by contacting the Humanities and Teacher Education Division.