Welcome to the Music Department

The Music Department equips students for the serious study, composition and performance of great music within the scope of the liberal arts tradition and the context of the Christian faith and worship. The primary objective of the Music Department is to develop skilled musicians with Christian insight into their art and craft at an advanced level. We work toward that objective in many ways unique to the arts, and always as part of and in harmony with the total College community. The Music department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Major: The music major is designed to develop musical skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Professors place special emphasis on encouraging and developing creativity. Students majoring in music may complete a liberal arts music program or may elect to complete a track in music performance, or music composition.

Minor: The music minor is designed to enable students who concentrate in other disciplines to receive training in music theory, history, and performance.

Department News


Florence, ItalyDr. Michael Shasberger is excited to announce the Orchestra's plans to tour Italy in May 2015. The Orchestra will visit a number of cities rich in Italian culture and history: Rome, Florence, Venice, and a number of smaller surrounding cities. Students will visit enriching cultural sites like the Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican City, and Cremona, the violin capital of the world. Needless to say, this exciting opportunity is not without great cost, so please do buy tickets to our fundraising events: the benefit performance of the Christmas Festival, December 6 at 3:00pm and the Valentine's Day Fundraiser. Donations may also be made through our Giving Page: please click here.



Zion's gateLaura Walter, Music Department, is the featured solo artist at the Buenaventura Art Gallery.
"Journeys Through Peace", a collection of watercolors, will be on display from August 12 - September 6, 2014.

"Whether traveling through Israel or hiking in the National Parks, I love thinking about the process of calming down. In these watercolor paintings, I explore color, texture, and story. There are many varied paths leading toward reverence that are ancient as well as in the moment. I like to find beauty in the play between solitude and relationship, and especially the movement between the two that leads us to live into our dreams."

The gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura, CA 93003
Opening reception is Saturday, August 16, from 5-7pm and is free and open to the public.



The Westmont Music Department is proud to announce the impending arrival of thirty-four music scholarship recipients for the 2014 fall semester. Scholarship applications come to the Music Department from prospective students from all over the United States and the world. Scholarship recipients' instruments range from piano, strings and voice to tuba, harp, percussion, and bassoon. We invite members of the Westmont community to attend many concerts in the 2014-2015 academic year in order to become acquainted with the new faces in our department.



Westmont is pleased to announce the approval by the National Association of Schools of Music of the new Bachelor of Music Education degree starting in the fall of 2014. Students can earn the B.M.E. degree in 4 years and complete their credential preparation at Westmont in a post-baccalaureate year that includes student teaching and a number of professional education courses. Students in the B.M.E. program have opportunities for teaching in the classroom from the very first semester at Westmont! Students in recent years have successfully pursued careers in music education through the single subject teacher credential program in conjunction with the Westmont B.A. in music degree, and now this new program helps identify the professional pursuit of teaching for those not he B.M.E. program.



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