It’s been said that music is the language of the soul. At Fresno Pacific University you’ll learn not only to speak in notes, but also the history behind music. You’ll gain a lifelong appreciation for and participate in a rich variety of musical forms of expression. You’ll learn the many facets of music history, theory, technique and application to help you become the musician you want to be. Our major emphasizes performance and combines theory with practical participation in a variety of musical activities, moving you from student to performer.


This program requires an emphasis


  • Focus on participation and performance
  • Smaller classes allow for focused attention
  • Top-tier faculty

Career opportunities

Our curriculum for the music major is designed to prepare skillful musicians, effective communicators, creative teachers and responsible servant/leaders in the church and the community. Through the study of music theory and history, and the practice of music performance, you will be prepared for lifelong exploration of music through teaching, performance, leading worship or composition.

Program director

Erik Leung, D.M.A candidate

Instructor of Music

Course listing

General Education Or Other Prerequisites (6 Units)

MUS-101*Elements of Musicianship3
or ART-110
Introduction to American Popular Music
Art Appreciation

Students who demonstrate sufficient background (by exam) may waive MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship and proceed directly to MUS-110L Music Theory and Aural Skills. For students who require foundation studies in preparation for the theory course sequence, music faculty recommends MUS-131 Piano Class or MUS-135 Private Instruction in Piano, followed by MUS-101 Elements of Musicianship.

* Prerequisite for MUS 110L Music Theory and Aural Skills. Requirement may be waived by passing the theory placement exam.

Required Courses (31-33 Units)

MUS-110LMusic Theory and Aural Skills4
MUS-210LMusic Theory and Counterpoint4
MUS-310Music Theory and Analysis4
MUS-410Music Theory Since Debussy4
MUS-349Music Research1
MUS-350Early Music History3
MUS-351Music History: 1725-19003
MUS-352Music History and World Music Since 19004
MUS-400Music in the Church3
MUS-495Senior Project1-3
or MUS-497Senior Project in Composition1-3

Successful completion of Level 1 on the student's primary instrument is a prerequisite for Music 310 Music Theory and Analysis. Music history courses should be preceded by MUS- 349 Music Research and MUS 110L Music Theory and Aural Skills.

Applied Music (private Instruction) (8 Units)

Enrollment in private music instruction in the student's primary instrument is required each semester of attendance, totaling at least 8 units (including at least 4 upper-division units) on the same instrument.

Ensemble (12 Units Minimum)

Participation in a performance ensemble is required each semester of attendance. This requirement includes all music students regardless of primary instrument. All ensemble participation units may be

Taken in any of these ensembles:

MUS-115Vocal Performance Workshop2
MUS-116Concert Choir2
MUS-123Symphonic Band2

Up to 50 percent of all required ensemble units may be taken in any of these ensembles:

MUS-108Handbell Choir2
MUS-117San Joaquin Chorale2
MUS-118Vocal Ensemble (women's chorale, men's chorus or other approved vocal ensemble)2
MUS-119Pacific Chamber Singers2
MUS-120Instrumental Ensemble (brass choir, or other approved instrumental ensemble)2
MUS-121Jazz Band2
MUS-125University String Quartet2
MUS-127Woodwind Choir (flute choir, sax quartet, woodwind quintet)2