Music Major and Minor
The Seaver College 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.
Many factors contribute to our reputation as a top music program. In the past decade,
Pepperdine University has emerged as one of the nation's leading private universities.
Our music department is personal and unique, offering high-quality instruction and
an exceptional learning experience for each individual. This nurturing environment
allows our students to refine their talents and skills for a successful career in
Designed to enhance and strengthen students' innate musical abilities, our program offers music majors one or more areas of emphasis study in order to prepare them for meaningful lives as performers, composers, educators, and innovators in one of many music-related professions.
Your experience at Pepperdine University will include:
- A liberal arts education, with a conservatory atmosphere
- Emphases in performance (applied), composition, and music education (pre-teaching credential)
- Renowned faculty
- Access to Los Angeles and all of its cultural resources
- A unique international program tailored for musicians - the Heidelberg Music Program
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.
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.
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.
- Explore the Music Composition program
Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board, our choral program offers a choice of three outstanding ensembles in which to participate: Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Chamber Singers.
- Learn more about Seaver's Choral Activities
Performing Ensembles: Instrumental
Under the direction of Pierre Tang, our Instrumental Ensembles offer a choice of these outstanding ensembles in which to participate: the University Orchestra, Pepperdine Wind Ensemble, Pepperdine Jazz Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, Chamber Music, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and the Pickford Ensemble.
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.
- Explore our Classical Guitar Program
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
Each year the Pepperdine University Center for the Arts hosts over 250 public events, including performances by international touring stars and visual artists, student productions, and exhibitions.
Youth Summer Music Programs
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