Music

Seaver College's music department prepares students for musical careers. Our students develop knowledge of the music industry, demonstrate understanding in music technology, apply theoretical and historical theories to music, and develop their own musical skills, techniques, and abilities.

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.

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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Our music curriculum enhances and expands students' musical abilities. Students learn to use theoretical and historical theories to study applied music and participate in various performing opportunities. We offer one or more areas of emphasis study in order to prepare our students for careers in performing, teaching, or one of many music-related professions.

Music Minor

Music Minor

Our music minor introduces students to music theory through core music classes, private lessons, and ensemble courses. The minor allows students to have a meaningful and structured life in music while at Pepperdine.

Student Opportunities

Our students study with distinguished faculty, leading soloists, and top studio professionals, including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the region's other top professional musical ensembles. Our University Choirs, University Orchestra, Flora Thornton Opera Program, Collegium Musicum, Jazz Ensemble, Collaborative Arts, and Chamber Music groups are open to all students by audition and provide stimulating ensemble experiences. Annual opera and musical theater productions, recitals, concerts and master classes provide additional performance opportunities. We believe that students are the heart of our program. They are active participants in their own aesthetic growth and creative enrichment.

Music Composition

Fostering unique creative musical talent, the music composition program provides student composers with opportunities to learn techniques and current trends associated with the creation of new music.

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Choral Activities

Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board, our choral program offers a choice of three outstanding ensembles in which to participate: the Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Chamber Singers.

Learn more about Seaver's Choral Activities

Performing Ensembles: Instrumental

The Pepperdine University Orchestra is an integral part of our music department. Under the direction of Tony Cason, our orchestra performs a range of classical and contemporary repertoire providing students the opportunity to perform great orchestral music in a positive environment while striving for the highest standards of excellence in performance. We welcome all students, not just majors, to play in the orchestra. Members are a mix of many Pepperdine majors including music, biology, business, communication, journalism, sociology, political science and art.

Learn more about Seaver's Ensembles

Classical Guitar with Christopher Parkening

Our students can study classical guitar with America's reigning guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening. We offer a BA in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar. The music program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), also includes a rigorous core curriculum comprised of theory, history, private lessons, ensemble participation, and numerous performance opportunities.

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Opera

The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine offers a multi-faceted approach to the development of the undergraduate singing. Performance opportunities in fully-staged productions of opera, summer study abroad, and master classes with top professionals in the field are hallmarks of our program.

Learn more about the Flora L. Thornton Opera Program

Heidelberg Summer Music Program

Our music students have the opportunity to study abroad at the University's campus in Heidelberg, Germany. The Heidelberg Summer Music Program provides opportunities for intensive training for singers and instrumentalists. Studies include chamber music, acting techniques for singers, German, and general education courses. Students receive expert input from distinguished guest faculty.

Learn more about the Heidelberg Summer Music Program

Our Facilities

Each year the Pepperdine University Center for the Arts is host to over 250 public events, including performances by international touring stars and visual artists, student productions, and exhibitions. Learn more about our venues and facilities

As a prospective music major or minor, you need to follow the three steps below to be considered for admittance into the department. Please read all information regarding the application and audition process prior to submitting materials.

All students who audition for the music program should take the Music Theory Placement Exam (MTPE) on the day of their live audition. If the student does not audition in person and is accepted to the university and music program, then the exam must be taken in the fall during New Student Orientation before the semester begins. More information

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

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