2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Mar 01, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Music

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The mission of the Department of Music is to pursue musical excellence within a community of grace. The department seeks to develop 1) leaders in education, composition, performance, and worship, 2) life-long participants in music who are critical thinkers, discerning listeners, creative composers, skilled performers, and worshipful servants of Jesus Christ, and 3) an atmosphere that fosters individual and corporate growth, high performance standards, community service, the spirit of Christ, and worship and praise.

Tradition of Excellence

For many years, the Department of Music has been recognized for the quality of its programs. In addition, the Department of Music has achieved accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Faculty members are performing artists who frequently give recitals, serve as guest conductors, clinicians, or adjudicators and compose or arrange for publication. As a result of the faculty’s professional guidance, students are encouraged on toward successful careers.

Career Opportunities

At PLNU, every student is assured of many performance opportunities through the university’s performing ensembles. Point Loma music ensembles travel all over the world in addition to performing in churches throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Students are actively involved in church music programs in the San Diego area as directors, soloists, worship leaders, and instrumentalists. Point Loma graduates are sought after by schools, churches, and businesses because of the university’s academic reputation. A number of graduates go directly into teaching positions and many are involved in church music as full-time music ministers. During the past two decades, students have been accepted into graduate schools such as USC, Indiana University, University of Missouri, University of Illinois, Arizona State University, San Diego State University, and many others. Several graduates have been successful in writing music for television and films, and in music publishing and music editing.

Eligibility for all Music Majors

All students, both entering freshmen and transfer students, are accepted provisionally to the music majors pending final approval by the music faculty and demonstration of all competencies. 


Generous scholarships in music are available to students. These are given on the basis of auditions and are renewable. Applications may be secured through the department office at 619-849-2445.

Performing Ensembles

PLNU offers a full range of performing ensembles, including Choral Union, Concert Choir, Point Loma Singers, Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Chamber Orchestra. Each music major participates in at least one of these groups. Many students from other departments also participate.

Private Instruction

Course numbers for each of the applied performance areas are generated by adding 100 for each year of study in the manner of the example below. Generally, students are admitted to study at the 100 level and advance to the next level by approval of the music faculty at the applied lesson jury. Transfer students may apply to be advanced to a higher level of study at the time of their jury. A “C” after the course number indicates that the instruction has an emphasis in pop/commerical style rather than classical. Therefore, MUA155 is private instruction in voice emphasizing classical technique and MUA155C is private instruction in voice emphasizing pop and commercial technique. 

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
Private Voice
MUA 155   MUA 255   MUA 355   MUA 455  


Charles Celaya, B.Th.
Calvary Chapel Bible College

William Clemmons, Ph.D., Co-chair
City University of New York

John Dally, Jr. , M.M.
Sam Houston State University

Daniel Jackson, D.W.S., Co-chair
Institute for Worship Studies

Victor Labenske, D.M.A.
University of Southern California

Keith Pedersen, D.M.A.
University of Illinois

Philip Tyler, D.Mus.
Florida State University



    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.


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