With a degree in music therapy, learn to use music and all of its facets to help clients improve their physical and mental health by becoming a professional music therapist.

Approved by the American Music Therapy Association, the bachelor of music therapy program is a rigorous, 4 ½-year course of study that includes a six-month internship with a board certified professional and prepares students to sit for music therapist national certification. Students develop musical proficiency in voice, piano, guitar and percussion; build entry-level competencies in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and health care practice; and gain experience alongside a professional music therapist. As of 2022, Pacific music therapy students have an 88% first-time pass rate on the Certification Board for Music Therapists exam.


Pacific University music therapy graduate Joshua Pearl '19 poses with a ukulele
"As music therapists we observe what a client or group is presenting and we musically match it rather than trying to change it. We try to resonate at the same tempo or find the musical quality.”

— Joshua Pearl '19


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



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.

Cody Mills Playing The Guitar In His Home

Music was a powerful force as Cody Mills '20 transitioned from military life to civilian life. Now a graduate of Pacific's music therapy program, Mills uses the power of music to help others.

The Autumn Choreographers Concert and Jazz Nite are approaching. Get your tickets now for in person and virtual performances!