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 encourage on toward successful careers.
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.
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.
PLNU offers a full range of performing ensembles, including Choral Union, Concert Choir, Point Loma Singers, Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, String Quartet, Concert Band, Handbell Choir, Jazz Band, and Chamber Orchestra. Each music major participates in at least one of these groups. Many students from other departments also participate.
Course numbers for each of the performing areas are given by year in the following table:
William P. Clemmons, Ph.D., Co-chair
City University of New York
John W. Dally, Jr. , M.M.
Sam Houston State University
Daniel S. Jackson, D.W.S., Co-chair
Institute for Worship Studies
John Craig Johnson, D.M.A.
University of Southern California
Paul S. Kenyon, D.M.A.
Michigan State University
Victor K. Labenske, D.M.A.
University of Southern California
Keith E. Pedersen, D.M.A.
University of Illinois
Juliette C. Singler, D.M.A.
Claremont Graduate School
Philip W. 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.Minor
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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