The purpose of the Department of Music is to provide quality music instruction both for students who wish to pursue music as a career and for students who wish to enrich their lives through non-career-oriented study and performance. Students and faculty work together to foster aesthetic involvement and creative and scholarly inquiry that support a vital community of music learning. Instruction emphasizes a personal approach. Through the presentation of diverse musical programs, the department also sustains and enriches the cultural vitality of the University and its surrounding communities. The work of the department further supports the goals of Jesuit and Marymount education by strengthening the socializing influence of music both within the University and the world at large.

The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, the requirements of which can serve as an excellent foundation for students undertaking advanced studies in preparation for such careers as musicology, composition, ethnomusicology, music librarianship, and pedagogy-oriented teaching. In addition to meeting all general University admissions requirements, students who wish either to major or minor in Music must meet specific Department of Music entrance requirements.

Loyola Marymount University and the Department of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Admission to the Major and Minor

An audition in an applied emphasis (guitar, percussion, piano, strings, voice, winds) is required before admission to the major or minor. Audition requirements appropriate to each emphasis (instrumental or voice) are available on-line (https://cfa.lmu.edu/programs/music/auditions/) and from the administrative office (Burns 103) of the Department of Music.