Westmont Magazine Music to Our Ears
The National Association of Schools of Music has approved a Bachelor of Music in performance at Westmont for orchestral instruments, piano and voice beginning in fall 2019.
In the last seven years, the college has significantly enhanced its music curriculum, strengthening programs in music education and worship leadership and adding courses in piano and vocal literature.
“The new degree completes a robust portfolio of offerings for talented students seeking to excel in professional music careers,” says Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship. “Students who plan to continue their musical training in a conservatory or pursue a career in performance after they graduate will benefit from this degree. Westmont now offers a full range of choices, from the Bachelor of Arts in music with a liberal arts emphasis that accommodates students with broad academic interests including double majors, to the more focused Bachelor of Music Education and the Bachelor of Music in performance. We hope the new degree will attract more high-caliber performers from around the world.”
Shasberger notes that Westmont already enrolls many fine music students, whose talents contribute to the burgeoning collaboration with the theater department in operatic performance and the growing sophistication of the orchestral and vocal programs. The new major features a strong and distinctive commitment to the liberal arts and requires 80 units in musicianship and musical performance courses, 15 units outside the major, and general education courses.