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"My time at HNU has been rewarding and such a rollercoaster! The guidance and support from my music professors and colleagues have helped me along the way and with small class sizes, I'm able to learn better. Music - an immeasurable gift of life - has been my guide, healer and outlet. It's a daily thing. Dive into the impossible and exceed the status quo."
Angelica Lopez, '11

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The music department at Holy Names University offers its students professional musical preparation together with a liberal arts education. Weekly performance labs, vocal, instrumental and piano forums, student recitals and noon concerts provide students with a variety of informal and formal performance opportunities in a supportive setting. In addition, the Bay Area offers many opportunities for students to hear world-class musicians and to perform in venues beyond the college.

The core undergraduate music program is a unique, innovative Great Works curriculum. Musicianship, music theory and history are presented together in order to integrate learning in various musical styles. Students are challenged to develop their musical skills as they perform, listen to and analyze the music of different eras and cultures. This model combines the study of pivotal pieces in the development of art music with examples of world music that share related music elements. The six-semester sequence is team-taught by the HNU music faculty and is integrated with students’ individual and ensemble performance studies. In our program, students enjoy our small classes, individual attention and support, as well as training with nationally recognized Kodály faculty.

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The Value of HNU
Even with a commitment to small classes and personal attention, Oakland’s Holy Names University remains one of the most affordable private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to state and federal financial aid, 100% of incoming freshman and day transfer students received scholarship and/or grant money from HNU to help pay for school. To learn more about HNU financial assistance, click here.
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