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. Students may also earn the professional Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree that leads to a public school teacher credential program

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

Career Choices
Traditionally, people have tended to view a music major as useful for persons who wish to perform or teach. However, many students are finding rewarding careers in music outside of performing and teaching. Exciting opportunities exist in church music, music publishing, music management, music business, recording, broadcasting and other areas. The music major at Westmont is designed to provide a solid foundation in music and yet offer enough flexibility for a student to earn a legitimate liberal arts degree and prepare for a variety of careers.

For students seeking a career in classroom teaching, the Music Department offers the Bachelor of Music Education degree and teacher certification program in conjunction with the Department of Education. Westmont College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music News


KCThe Westmont Orchestra celebrates President’s Day by performing at the fourth annual 2017 Capital Orchestra Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. They join at least two other accomplished symphony orchestras selected for the Monday, Feb. 20, event at the historic venue. For tickets or more information, please visit

“This opportunity brings Westmont to a national platform and gives us visibility on the East Coast,” says Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship and orchestra conductor. “Our musicians welcome a great cultural opportunity and look forward to visiting Washington — many for the first time. This invitation indicates the sophistication and achievement of our program and encourages the generous donors who support our efforts.” Read More


WAVEWestmont College is pleased to announce an exciting summer opportunity for your students. Our Westmont Academy for Vocal Excellence (WAVE) will debut this summer! The week long workshop will run from July 2 to July 9 on the beautiful Westmont College campus in Santa Barbara and is designed for high school aged singers who wish to take their singing and musicianship to the next level.

Each participant will receive daily voice lessons, training in music theory and sight-singing, workshops on audition and performance skills, choral and stage performance opportunities, and much more. Please see the brochure for the event (which can also be downloaded from the WAVE website linked above) and share it with any students who might be interested.

You may send any inquiries to the WAVE program director Dr. Linda DiFiore at or call (940) 206-0898 with any questions.


InstrummentThe 2016-2017 Music Department Season Calendar is available for viewing online. Click here to view this years music events. If there are any changes throughout the school year, we'll keep this calendar current. You can also subscribe to our facebook page for event reminders! Make sure to bookmark the calendar page so you can stay up-to-date on the latest news. For questions or more information please email or call (805) 565-6040.


Twitter BirdFor instant updates on all the latest Westmont Music Department news, please follow us on Twitter @WestmontMusic! We'll be tweeting about upcoming music events, tours, information for prospective students, and fun music department facts.