Department of Music

In PLNU’s Department of Music, you'll pursue musical excellence within a community of grace that is committed to developing leaders in education, composition, performance, and worship. Students in the department have opportunities to travel and perform around the U.S. and the world, as well as right here on campus.

“Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. (Psalm 33:3) Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre…” (Psalm 150:3). Our department’s academic programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and our courses are designed to help you develop into a musician with critical listening and thinking skills, knowledge of the body of music, and knowledge of the theory used to create music.

PLNU's Concert Choir
Students perform at the Cider Celebration
Pointless a cappella performs on stage.
A student plays the flute

A Symphony of Artistic Expression

Whether you come to PLNU knowing exactly what you want to do with your music or without any idea of what your musical journey will be, we are here to help you cultivate your life’s passion into a calling. Your experiences in your classes and performances will help you to discover your full potential not only as a musician, but as an effective member of your personal and professional communities.


Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you toward a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas and engage complex and difficult questions, you'll have access to an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth. An education at PLNU is both transformative and meaningful.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Music or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!

Mary Boles Allen
Department Assistant
(619) 849-2445

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