Careers & Outcomes | Music Education

After Pacific | As a graduate of Pacific University with a Music Education degree, you will be fully prepared for a rewarding career in vocal and instrumental music education.

There are many employment opportunities in Music Education.

  • The demand for qualified music teachers in the United States is unfulfilled. The latest study on the status of music education in the United States highlighted the shortage of qualified music teachers in every state (Give a Note, 2017).
  • With Pacific’s BME and teaching licensure, students will be able to get a music teaching job in their preferred level of schooling, whether that is elementary, middle or high school.
  • This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed for teaching music in any specialty area (e.g., general music, vocal/choir, instrumental).

Our graduates are private- and public-school music teachers, choir and church music directors, Fulbright Scholars, graduate students and professional musicians.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Music Department at Pacific University seeks to prepare students:

  • For lifelong interest, participation and enjoyment in music
  • To become informed audience members (intelligent listeners and evaluators) of music and musical performances
  • To be functionally literate in the language of music-reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • To pursue active music-making, both vocally and instrumentally
  • To create their own music
  • To discover relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines other than the arts
  • To broaden and deepen their understanding of the music of our cultural heritage
  • To increase their appreciation of musical systems and traditions of cultures other than our own
  • To become more proficient in the music technologies appropriate to their areas of musical interest
  • To prepare for careers in elementary and secondary music education
  • To pursue rigorous and dedicated activity as performers specializing in voice or piano
  • To prepare for graduate study in music composition, music education or performance

Program Purpose

The Music Department seeks to educate students in the diverse fields of music through a combination of academic and performance experiences designed to allow the participants to experience the breadth and depth of the art form. Participation in performance opportunities is open to all students on campus regardless of their major or minor, in both individual and group (ensemble) instruction. Exploration of literature from a tremendous variety of historical periods, cultures, languages and stylistic periods is available through ensemble participation. As music is a shared experience, music making at Pacific also provides opportunities for students to reach out to the community beyond our campus.

Students in the music degree programs also learn the theoretical, historical and cultural background behind the creation of music, the teaching of music and the application of music in relation to a variety of contexts. As such, the department seeks to serve those students wishing to pursue music as a career upon graduation by offering degrees in music education, music therapy and music performance. The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).