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.

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.

Upcoming Events

7:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 27, 2024
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
3 p.m. | Sunday, May 5, 2024
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center


Scott Tuomi

Pacific University Choral Director and Professor Scott Tuomi was honored with The John C. McManus Distinguished Teacher Award in January by the Oregon Music Education Association. 

Sammie Calkins '22

"Sammie's enduring passion for musical theatre and her dedication to hard work with musicians, actors, and stage crew makes her a perfect candidate for this award," said Professor Dijana Ihas.

Pacific students singing in choir

A new memorial scholarship will provide financial support to continuing undergraduates and graduate students who are studying to become choral music educators.