Ronald Pearl, professor of music, captivates Loyola’s core values in his courses by encouraging students to listen to their discernments. Pearl says a well-rounded education is essential: “As Loyola students receive a well-rounded education, it allows me to draw connections to music and other areas of history, politics, and philosophy that would not really be possible in a conservatory,” says Pearl. “This range of knowledge and experiences make teaching both a joy and a challenge.” The director of the music program grew up in Seattle, Wash., and has been teaching at Loyola since 1993. He holds a graduate degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md., and has trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and performed throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Pearl has given workshops, masterclasses, and been a guest artist at the National Guitar Workshop, Yale University, and Stetson University’s International Guitar Workshop, among others. His scholarship as a classical guitarist focuses on music composition for guitar, chamber, and choral music.
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The ethical and moral grounding of an education in the Jesuit tradition makes—for want of a better word—a decent person. Decency, compassion, and caring are vital for any artist whose goal is to be emotionally communicative.