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 Concert Choir
Akekho Ofana No Jesu (There is no one like Jesus)
The Concert Choir performs a diverse repertoire of arrangements from around the world, such as this traditional African worship song.
A PLNU ensemble performs
Refine your skills and share your talent with the campus and surrounding community by performing with one of our many ensembles and musical clubs, or you can form your own string quartet, jazz combo, and more!
For music and ministry alum Josh Miller, his time at PLNU can be described as a journey toward "a life of excellence."
Students perform at the Cider Celebration
This annual PLNU tradition, open to the campus and surrounding community, features performances by students in the music department.
Pointless Performs at Acapocalypse – An A Cappella Competition
Whether you’re a singer, instrumentalist, or pianist, there is a place for you to perform constantly throughout your academic career.
A student plays the flute
Music Department Scholarships
Whether you want to major in music or just want to study and perform music while pursuing another major, consider auditioning for a music scholarship award.
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.
Department of Music Programs
An education in music cultivates deep critical-thinking, creativity, and leadership skills that will prepare you for an abundance of meaningful career opportunities. Programs in performance, composition, music education, and more provide the opportunity to pursue your passions and interests.
Opportunities for Engagement
Discovering your vocation doesn't only happen inside the walls of the classroom — it happens by coming face-to-face with new experiences, people, and ideas. From performing with one of our many ensembles to participating in chapel band and taking private lessons from our esteemed faculty, the Department of Music offers many opportunities for meaningful engagement.
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.
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
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