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The La Sierra University Advantage

  • Study near one of the largest musical centers in the United States -- Los Angeles!
  • Participate in one (or a few!) of our many ensembles and receive scholarship funds.
  • Study with teachers who are at the heart of the music scene. Our faculty, staff, and private teachers are performers in world-class ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, motion picture recording studios, and many more.
  • Gain real-life practical experience recording with La Sierra Studios, our very own recording studio.
  • Learn from professors in smaller classes, giving the opportunity to learn in a conservatory atmosphere at a liberal arts university. Explore music through different vantage points, both through the European tradition and the modern world.
  • Study in a performance program that is very comprehensive and includes many opportunities to perform as a soloist and collaboratively in small and larger groups.
  • Be part of a program that has placed students into top tier graduate music programs and conservatories such as Julliard, the University of Michigan, Teacher's College Columbia University, USC, and the Manhattan School of Music, to name a few.

Why Study Music?

At the La Sierra University Department of Music you can develop your love for music while pursuing a liberal arts education. Students who study music at La Sierra:

  • Go on to pursue professional music careers and continue their studies at world-renowned institutions such as the Julliard School, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, and others.
  • Become conductors, instrumentalists, high school music teachers, world-class performers, professors, and doctors with an appreciation of music.
  • They study music for a deeper understanding of the culture that surrounds us and to discover how music fits into our society.

We invite you to be a part of the excitement and the experience of being a music student at La Sierra.

"That which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."


Music Undergraduate Programs

Music Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers the chance to study music while pursuing other interests, such as pre-professional program or a double major. Students in this program explore music through private lessons, participation in university ensembles, and either a solo recital or a final project of the student's choosing.

Performance Bachelor of Music

A Bachelor of Music in Performance prepares students for a professional music career or for further pursuit of musical studies. Students are require to focus on their discipline through private music lessons, participation in university ensembles, and two solo recitals.

Fast Facts Music Program

Average completion timeVariable
Program Units78

Fast Facts performance program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units117

Education Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music in Education is for students who desire to teach music at any level.  This degree offers a wide survey of musical teaching techniques, exposure to many instruments and disciplines, and a complete education in music history, conducting, and world music.

Music Technology Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology expands your knowledge of recording, editing, and working with computer programs specific to music, and it prepares graduates to pursue a career in the recording and music technology industry. Students in the Music Technology program explore music through general music classes, participation in ensembles, and the recording of all La Sierra University Department of Music concerts.

Fast Facts Music Education program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units121

Fast Facts Music Technology program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units121

Performer's Certificate Program

The Department of Music offers the Performer's Certificate Program for students who are accomplished in their concentration and would like to continue intensive studies. The purpose of this program is to increase employment opportunities or proficiency in a concentration. Admission to this program is by audition only. For more information, click here.

What People Are Saying

The La Sierra University Music Department has helped me grow as a performer and opened up new opportunities through the music technology program.


Meet our Faculty

Elvin S. Rodríguez, Chair
Kimo Smith
David Kendall
Donald W. Thurber
Kenneth Narducci
Jason Uyeyama
Raejin Lee
Ty Rust
Dean Anderson

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Contact and Location


Hole Memorial Auditorium, Room 101