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Music

A literal soundtrack to our lives, music shapes humanity on a daily basis. From the strum of a finely tuned guitar to the infectious beat of a popular dance song to the impeccable harmonies of a choir, there are few things that convey emotion as simply – and as powerfully – as music.

The University of La Verne’s Music Department provides a wide array of opportunities for students and community members to experience and immerse themselves in musics from the Western Art tradition, American music, and the musics of diverse cultures. Courses allow students to develop critical understandings of artistic expression as an essential part of life, while ensembles sponsored by the department offer everyone in the La Verne community the chance to participate in salsa, jazz, barbershop, and chorale performances, sometimes around the world.

Students may choose to either major or minor to learn the skills necessary for today’s musicians, with concentrations available in performance, history, theory/composition, and music education. The Music Department has a unique relationship with the university in that students from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to participate in all classes, ensembles, and applied lessons. We give the opportunity to initiate and/or continue development of musical talent and interest to everyone.

Sundays at the Morgan

Sundays at the Morgan are a monthly showcase of music and musicians shaped by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music. It’s a tradition marked with anticipation—guitarists warming up their fingers on a fretboard and singers climbing and descending scales, as arts enthusiasts and music lovers gather in front of Founder’s Hall. It all culminates when the lights dim inside the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium and acclaimed artists take to the stage to unveil their talents at Sundays at the Morgan.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Music Department will:

  • acquire a foundation in music theory, history, and literature and performance;
  • learn to appreciate a broad spectrum of musics from the Western art tradition, musics from the United States, and the music of diverse cultures;
  • initiate and/or continue development of musical interests and talents;
  • learn skills essential to musicians today and value artistic expression as an essential part of life;
  • be knowledgeable about the connection among musical expression, lifelong learning and personal growth; and/or
  • gain acceptance into appropriate graduate programs.