Program Highlights

  • Gain a solid academic foundation built upon studies in music theory and analysis, music history from ancient to post-modern eras, and performance opportunities in both classical and jazz idioms
  • Receive individualized performance instruction with campus faculty and adjunct instructors
  • Enjoy a 400-seat recital hall, a piano lab with Kawai electronic units, a Mac-based MIDI lab, practice rooms with pianos, a percussion studio and rehearsal space that replicates the recital hall
  • Perform in a wide range of ensembles, including Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Band, the Boxer Rebellion pep band and others
  • Travel with performance groups to locations such as Hawai’i, New York, Washington, D.C., and Europe
  • Apply for music scholarships that are available to all students and do not require that recipients be music majors or minors.


The range of music courses offered at Pacific University allows any student to participate in musical education and performance, regardless of skill level. For music majors, classes focus on different music genres, histories and practices and demonstrate the connections between people, music and the world around us. In addition to the courses provided for music majors, there are many classes and ensembles that are open to non-music majors.


Through advanced study in music theory, history, composition, education and performance, the program prepares students for professional opportunities and successful careers beyond the University. Many graduates move into Pacific’s master of arts in teaching program to pursue their master’s degree in music education, while others attend graduate programs in music or pursue careers in related professions.