Starting Fall 2014

The bachelor of music therapy degree at Pacific University offers musicians the opportunity to take their talents into the healing and helping professions. Music therapists are a part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, serving people’s physical, emotional, cognitive, social and communication needs by helping them create, play, move to and listen to music. Music therapists work in a variety of settings including pediatric, behavioral and oncology units of hospitals, mental health centers, special education classrooms, nursing homes, and group homes and daycare facilities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. They also may work with at-risk students, conduct older adult choirs for individuals dealing with dementia, and provide individual patients with end-of-life care.

Guided by the requirements of the American Music Therapy Association, Pacific’s music therapy program is a rigorous, five-year course of study that includes a six-month placement with a board certified music therapist that prepares students to sit for national board certification exam.


Music therapy is pending program approval, expected in Spring 2014.

Program Highlights

  • Develop musical proficiency in voice, piano, guitar and percussion
  • Build entry-level competency in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and healthcare ethics and philosophy
  • Complete 1,200 hours of clinical work under the supervision of a board certified music therapist
  • Prepare to sit for national certification as a music therapist
  • Participate in Pacific University’s wide range of ensembles, including Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Pacific Philharmonic, Jazz Choir, Jazz Band and Pep Band
  • Network with peers and professors in the health and helping professions throughout Pacific’s undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Courses

    Pacific’s music therapy program is a rigorous, five-year course of study. Students gain extensive training in music, as well as in psychology, physiology and healthcare ethics and philosophy. They also complete a fifth year of observation and practice under the guidance of a board certified licensed music therapist. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam.