Become a well-rounded music education major through Pacific University's Bachelor of Arts in Music Education Degree.

Pacific University’s BA in music education degree is designed for students who are interested in earning an undergraduate music education degree within a liberal arts context that does not necessarily lead them to a teaching license or full-time teaching professional engagements. The program design also allows students to pursue double degrees in other disciplines.

Prepare for Graduate-Level Licensure Programs

In just five years, some students earn both their BA and an MAT before gaining employment as a music teacher. The BA in Music Education program does not led directly to licensure, instead it prepares students to pursue a teaching license through graduate programs.

Students can continue in the College of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching program or through other programs to earn their teaching license.

Students seeking licensure at an undergraduate level can alternatively pursue a Bachelor in Music Education.


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


Pacific University’s Department of Music faculty is among the most active professionals at state, regional, national, and international levels. This provides students with on-going opportunities to attend, present, and perform at state, regional, and national conferences.


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.

Melvin “Mel” Ashwill ’48 died Sept. 24, 2020, at age 98.

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.