From playing in Sarajevo as bombs fell to conducting in Forest Grove, Dijana Ihas's journey as a musician has been remarkable.
Share music with others by starting your pathway to teaching while expanding your own skills.
The knowledge and skills Pacific University Music Education students gain are embedded within the context of a liberal arts education, preparing them to be well-rounded music teachers with a global vision. Choose a music education degree option that best fits you and your career goals.
Music Education Degree Pathways
Pacific University offers two different pathways for music education licensure.
- The Bachelor of Music Education + teaching license (BME) program is a professional program that leads to Oregon teaching licensure within four years.
- The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, prepares students for teaching licensure through a graduate degree program, if desired.
All states require teachers to have a valid teaching license if they are to teach music in Pre-K-12 music education settings.
A Career as a Music Educator
Both music education programs are designed to prepare students for a career in music education. In the United States, the demand for qualified music teachers is unfulfilled.
Our graduates are music teachers in private and public schools, choir and church music directors, Fulbright Scholars, graduate students and professional musicians.
Dijana Ihas, an associate professor in the Pacific University Music Department, was honored as Oregon Music Educator of the Year by the Oregon Music Education Association at its annual meeting in January.
More than 400 high school student musicians will descend on the university's Forest Grove Campus for three days of rehearsals and lessons.