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.

For Our Students and Parents

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.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Students' health and safety is our highest priority, and for that reason, we have decided to offer Band Project group classes as well as private lessons online. We will conduct our classes and private lessons via Zoom. To ensure the quality of instruction, all Band Project group classes will be taught by a professional band teacher and student teachers. Private lessons will be taught by student teachers. Our semester will be ten weeks long.

Beginning Lessons: To ensure the quality of instruction for beginning students in Spring 2021, we will be starting band students through 45-minute virtual private lessons. The days and times of the lessons are to be arranged by parents/students and teachers. (2/19/21-4/16/21) Fee: The package of eight 45-min lessons = $75 

Intermediate Band: This class should be taken by students who already have played band instruments for at least one year. (2/19/21-4/16/21) F 4-4:50 (group class), 5-5:50 (small group/private lessons) Fee: $75




Contact Us

Dr. Richard Greenwood | Master Teacher

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