Department of Music

MUSIC HONORS WEEKEND: Up to $24,000 in scholarship assistance for prospective music majors

MUSIC HONORS WEEKEND Friday, December 4th - Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Prospective music majors: you may qualify for up to $24,000 in scholarship assistance, renewable for four years, through a combination of academic scholarships and a music department scholarship for declared music department majors.

Read all about it here.

About Music at PLNU

Studying music fosters intellectual, spiritual, and creative growth, both individual and corporate. In the Department of Music, you'll pursue musical excellence within a community of grace. We develop leaders in education, composition, performance, and worship.

Music majors have opportunities to travel and perform around the United States and the world. But even performing on your own campus is world-class, as the highly sought-after Crill Hall has been noted as one of the finest performance halls in San Diego.

Get Involved

We offer 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.

Private Music Lessons

Music majors and music scholarship holders take private music lessons in their primary performance area from our music department professors or one of our respected adjunct instructors. Non-music majors who do not hold scholarship awards in music may also take music lessons from our instructors, subject to available studio space and with the approval of the instructor. The private music lesson fee, which music scholarship awards are intended in part to cover,  are currently $410/semester for 1 unit (one 30-minute lesson per week) or $810/semester for 2 units (one 1-hour lesson per week).  A practice room fee of $25 is assessed for 1 unit (30 minutes/day practice time), $50 for 2 units (1 hour/day practice time).  

Academic Programs >

Performance - Bachelor of Music
Composition - Bachelor of Music
Music Education - Bachelor of Arts
Music and Ministry - Bachelor of Arts
Music - Bachelor of Arts
Music Minor


Bob Magnusson is just one professor out of many in PLNU's Department of Music who are knowledgeable, experienced, and hands-on. Meet more inspiring music professors >

Music Events

PLNU is always hosting its own or guest musicians to perform on campus.  


Music Department Handbook

Music Department Handbook!


More Information

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Point Loma Nazarene University voice students and alumni from the studio of Dr. J. Craig Johnson again win big at the La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition 2015. Congratulations to Jack French, baritone, ENCOURAGEMENT, vocal;  Kiana Bell, mezzo-soprano, MOST PROMISING, vocal;  Christen Horne, soprano, SECOND PLACE, vocal; and Anthony Whitson-Martini, baritone, FIRST PLACE, vocal.