Music Education

Music education majors develop a deep understanding of instrumental and vocal pedagogy and demonstrate competency in choral and instrumental conducting. They also develop their knowledge of music education materials, technology, philosophy, curriculum planning and classroom management. The major does not lead to an Oregon teaching license, but students can continue in Pacific’s master of arts in teaching program to pursue licensure.


  • 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


The range of music courses offered at Pacific University allows any student to participate in music education and performance, regardless of skill level. Classes focus on different music genres, histories and practices, and demonstrate connections between people, music and the world around us. Music education majors also take courses in music teaching pedagogy.


Students who complete a music major or minor at Pacific are prepared for a wide variety of personal and professional paths. Many graduates move into Pacific’s master of arts in teaching program to pursue a graduate degree in music education and an Oregon teaching certificate. Others attend graduate programs in music or pursue careers in related professions. 

Department of Music

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