Department of Music



Student Learning Outcomes Curriculum Maps Assessment Plan Use of the Evidence of Student Learning Points of Distinction Mission Meaning, Quality, & Integrity


The PLNU Music Department seeks to prepare a community of young artists devoted to great music and music making through listening, learning, creating, and performing.

PLNU Music students are lifelong learners possessing strong marketplace skills that enable them to think independently, act creatively, serve graciously, and engage the ever-changing world of music in both local and global contexts. PLNU’s Music programs are rooted in the strong, classical and sacred traditions within an innovative curriculum that emphasizes commitment to artistry, active learning, technology, entrepreneurship and a commitment to a Christ-centered learning environment.

The Department of Music reworked its Mission Statement in September 2014. At that time the entire Music Faculty examined the Mission Statements of fifteen of our comparator and aspirant institutions in order to craft our own. We had realized for some time that our previous Mission Statement, a simple terse statement crafted by the late Dr. Dan Nelson in 2000, no longer addressed who we were fifteen years later nor addressed the more complex world of the 21st Century. We feel that our current statement more accurately represents who we are, the skills and vision that we have for our students and maps out who we would like to be in ten years.