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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).

Apply for Music Scholarship

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

WESTMONT OFFERS NOVEMBER CONCERTS

studentstudentWestmont student musicians and composers show off their talents at four free concerts this month, all of which are at Deane Chapel, located on Westmont’s lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040.

The Composer’s Concert, featuring Westmont’s own student composers led by Steve Butler, is Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

The Vocal Chamber Concert, under the direction of Grey Brothers, is Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. Read More

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FEST TO SPREAD LOVE

xmasWestmont hosts its 13th annual Christmas Festival, retelling the Christmas story by weaving narration with music from the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir and Choral Union on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets for this year’s event, “Covenant of Love,” cost $15 each and go on sale Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. at westmont.edu/christmasfestival. Please call (805) 565-6040 for more information. Read More

2017-2018 CONCERT SCHEDULE

InstrummentThe 2017-2018 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 music@westmont.edu or call (805) 565-6040.

WESTMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT IS ON TWITTER

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.