Expand your musical horizons and lay a foundation for future music discovery with a music major or minor.

Gain a solid academic foundation built upon studies in music theory and analysis, music history and performance opportunities in both classical and jazz idioms with a bachelor of arts in general music or a music minor. 


Pacific University music students Margarita Arredondo ’22, DeClan Bartel ’22, and Gannon Lewallen ’23 post in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
"I like what music can do for people and the emotion it can elicit. It can bring people together, it can help people through trauma, it can express things that are hard to express through just words sometimes.”

— DeClan Bartel '22
Music and Psychology Double Major


Music Training & Performance

Receive individualized performance instruction with faculty members and adjunct instructors. Perform in a wide range of ensembles and 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. Travel with performance groups to major cities in the U.S. and abroad.


Pacific University offers Music Talent Scholarships for incoming students — whether they plan to major in music or anything else! Submit your application and audition materials for the chance to earn $2,000 to $7,000 per year in scholarships! Apply for a Music Scholarship


What Can You Do With a Music Degree?

Our graduates are members of professional performing groups (choir, bands, orchestras, etc.), music therapists within health care settings, music educators within public or private schools. many pursue entrepreneurial opportunities including freelancing, private studio teaching, composing/arranging, and conducting. Students who aspire to continue their education through one of many graduate level music related degrees will be well prepared to embark on that challenge.



Alexis Walker '23

The Forest Grove native and 2023 Pacific graduate is learning ropes of the performance business as Portland Opera's Ensemble Leaders Fellow.

Scott Tuomi Conducts At A Recent Chamber Singers Rehearsal

The joint concert with Pacific's Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra on May 5 marks the end of a storied career for Distinguished University Professor of Music Scott Tuomi, who retires this spring.

Noah Yamashiro '24 Singing

The inclusion of a five-song set of Hawaiian music in Noah Yamashiro's '24 senior recital was a homage to a culture that has had a large influence on his musical journey.