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



Pianist Constantine Finehouse, artist-in-residence at Westmont, performs works by Frédéric Chopin and Clara and Robert Schumann onFriday, Sept. 30, at7 Deane Chapel. The piano recital is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6400.

Finehouse, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. He studied with Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Read More


harpsichordThe Westmont College Music department has decided to sell one of its Harpsichords. The Harpsichord comes with a bench and protective cover. If you or someone you know is interested in this fine antique, please contact us at (805) 565-6040. Asking price is $3,000 or best offer. Funds will go towards the Westmont College Music Department.

This is a modern era Wittmayer harpsichord made in Germany from c. 1960 with 2 five-octave keyboards. It has 4 ranks (sets of strings). So you can get deep 16-foot up to 4-foot stops (like on an organ) for rich, complex sounds in 3 different octaves. More than that, this instrument allows for deep expression not available on most harpsichords This is because most harpsichords can only change tone with the hand operated levers (or stops). This instrument has 2 hand levers as well as 5 pedals. So, you can change the sound while you are playing without interrupting the music.

The instrument has not been played much in recent years and may require some normal tuning, string replacement and regulation, although there are no known mechanical or structural issues of a serious nature at present. The instrument is being sold in "as is" condition and the purchaser is responsible for transportation and delivery. We will be happy to provide a referral for a professional mover.


InstrummentThe 2016-2017 Music Department Season Calendar is now 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.


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