Music, B.A.

Program Overview

Do you feel driven to make music? Can you imagine a future that would allow you to continuously develop and share your passion? If so, a Bachelor of Arts in Music could be the right choice for you. As a music major at PLNU, you’ll dive into the realm of music history and theory while developing applied music skills in your primary performance area. You will also become well versed in the essential outlines of music literature, and explore significant non-Western musical styles.

PLNU’s music major is designed to give you flexibility, and will allow you to pursue a dual major and supplement your coursework with an area of study from another discipline, such as communication, literature, or biology.

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Student Profile

Michelle Law

When Michelle Law arrived at PLNU as a freshman, she was determined to sing opera. And while it was clear that she had a voice, it was equally obvious, by her own admission, that she had no idea what she was doing.

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J.R. Bishop

Rhapsody from the Ashes: The Music-Making of J.R. Bishop

PLNU’s J.R. Bishop shares about when he realized he wasn’t only a musician, but a composer and artist as well.

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

With a degree from PLNU’s music program, you will be well prepared to pursue both graduate studies and an array of career options that will allow you to live out your passion for music while making a lasting impact in the lives of those who hear it.

A Bachelor of Arts in Music can help lead to careers such as:

  • Praise and worship leader
  • Singer/songwriter
  • Opera or classical singer
  • Video game composer
  • Film or TV composer
  • Music therapist
  • Music teacher
  • Instrumentalist
  • Conductor
  • Minister of music
  • Music producer
  • Sound engineer
  • Music publisher
  • Music editor

I've been a freelance bass player for the last nine years which has taken me all over the world with different artists, as well as working in clubs and studios in Southern California. Being creative and making music with people is one of my greatest joys, and I find my role in it to be incredibly meaningful.

The culture of the music department when I was there was perfect for where I was in my development as a musician. I found peers who had the same ambitions to grow, and we made each other better. In fact, most of those people are still making a living in the music industry as well. 

I thrived in the intimate environment at PLNU. I think I would've gotten a bit lost at a large school. The relationships I made as a result have helped push me in my career and into the person that I am today.

Daniel Rhine, Class of 2004
Professional Bass Player  

Jessica Bird

Wearing Masks in Order to Remove Them: Healing Through Show Business

PLNU alum Jessica Bird (09) finds healing and community as assistant director of a Tony award-winning musical.

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