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.

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.

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For Our Students

Students in 2nd 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.


Online Summer Camp 2020

Pacific University Band Project will be offering two camps in June 2020. Join a camp and start learning how to play band instruments or continue developing and expanding your knowledge and skills. This camp is led by Dr. Richard Greenwood and Band Project teachers.

Dates: June 15th-June 19th

Fee: Beginning Band - $50.00, Intermediate Band - $50.00

Registration/Online Payment Deadline: Monday, June 8th

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Classes Offered:

Beginning Band: This class is designed for students who have never played band instruments before and would like to learn the basics so that they can continue practicing over the summer before entering their school band programs.

  • 9:00-9:50am: Small group lessons
  • 10:00-10:50am: Music Fundamentals

Intermediate Band: This class is designed for students who have played a band instrument for at least one semester or more.

  • 10:00-10:50am: Small group lessons
  • 11:00-11:50am: Music Fundamentals


Contact Us

Dr. Richard Greenwood | Master Teacher

Dijana Ihas, PhD | Program Director
503-352-2102 |