Bachelor of Music Education + Teaching License


Embark on your career to teach music through Pacific University's Bachelor of Music Education (BME) + teaching license degree program.

Pacific University’s Bachelor of Music Education + teaching license program is designed for students whose professional goal is teaching music in Pre-K-12 educational settings and those who aspire to make a difference in students’ lives through sharing their passion for music. Earning a professional degree within a liberal arts context provides students with knowledge, skills, and competencies inherent to the music teaching profession, while at the same time allowing them to grow into well-rounded citizens through the rich, liberal arts based curriculum.

Scholarships are available to music and non-music majors who participate in music ensembles.

Teaching Licensure in Four Years

Designed to prepare music educators in all areas of specializations, Pacific's Bachelor of Music Education program prepares students to successfully gain an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License

Music Teaching Experience

The BME program provides undergraduate students with paid teaching positions from day one. This is a unique opportunity to practice teaching skills under the close supervision of highly educated and experienced faculty, while working with school-aged students (K-12) within our nationally recognized after-school Music Education Project


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, and this provides students with a wide-range of networking opportunities.


Dijan Ihas

From playing in Sarajevo as bombs fell to conducting in Forest Grove, Dijana Ihas's journey as a musician has been remarkable.

Dijana Ihas playing viola

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. 

Music in May

More than 400 high school student musicians will descend on the university's Forest Grove Campus for three days of rehearsals and lessons.

Upcoming Events

7:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 17, 2021
7 p.m. | Wednesday, April 28, 2021