Pacific University Band Project

The Pacific University Band Project is a partnership between college students learning how to teach and school-aged students learning how to play wind, brass, and percussive instruments. Through this partnership, the preparation of band teachers is improved while the number of young band players is increased, both positively affecting the quality of available educational opportunities in the community. Students are taught by highly qualified and experienced university faculty and undergraduate students, teachers-in-preparation, who work under the close supervision of faculty.

The Pacific University Band Project provides high quality and affordable music instruction for beginning and intermediate woodwind, brass, and percussion players, including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone horn, and percussion. The program offers small and large ensembles as well as private lessons. Each semester, students are afforded opportunities to perform in public in group settings and solo recitals.  

Spring 2024 Band Project


Beginning Band

This group class is designed for beginning students 4th grade and higher who have never played band instruments, or would like to learn a new instrument. Classes are Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm. The session runs Sep. 14 - Dec. 5, 2023. The session runs Feb. 15 - May 2, 2024. No class on March 28th due to Spring Break. Fee: $80 

Intermediate Band

This group class is designed for students with 1 to 2 years of experience with playing band instruments and/or percussion. Classes are Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. The session runs Sep. 14 - Dec. 5, 2023. The session runs Feb. 15 - May 2, 2024. No class on March 28th due to Spring Break. Fee: $100


Our Mission Statement

The Pacific University Band Project is dedicated to:

  • Improving the quality of band teachers’ preparation through integrated learning.
  • Providing quality and affordable instrumental education to school-age students of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds.
  • Enhancing the quality of life in the community.

For Our Students and Parents

Students in second through 12th grade learn how to play wind, brass, and percussion, including the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and a wide variety of percussive instruments from our teachers-in-preparation and our master teacher. Students receive instruction in group classes and/or in semi-individual and individual lessons. Each meeting every week for 10 weeks will enable students to progress from a beginner to an intermediate and advanced instrumentalist. Each semester, students perform in two public performances here at Pacific University.

We offer numerous ways for our students to grow as musicians such as:

  • Beginning Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Private/semi-private lessons

For Our Teachers

The teachers in Band Project are college students who are interested in learning how to teach band instruments to younger students. Student-teachers in Band Project take pedagogy classes and meet regularly with the master teacher, who supervises and advises their weekly classes. They are actively involved in recruitment and communication with parents and they help plan public performances each semester.

Students are paid for their preparation and teaching time, and they gain experience and develop their expertise in teaching music in learning environments that mimic public school bands. The Band Project at Pacific University is open to ALL students who are playing in the Pacific Symphonic Band and/or Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra regardless of major/minor.

Contact Us

Dr. Richard Greenwood | Band Project Master Teacher

Sanne Cai | Administrative Assistant