The rigorous bachelor’s degree program or minor produces skillful musical performers, scholars and educators. While challenging, the program also offers the opportunity for fun and good music making. Through analysis from an historical, literal and global perspective, they gain an understanding of the creation, effects and uses of music on a universal scale. As students further develop their musical literacy, they strengthen their skills of reading, writing, listening to and performing music.


  • 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 award-winning facilities, including 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.

Department of Music

The Music Department at Pacific also offers programs in music educationmusic performance and music therapy.