Jun 20, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Music Department Overview

The Music Department offers the following General Studies courses for students with little or no previous experience in music. Most of these courses fulfill at least one of the college’s core requirements. 

MUS 101   Introduction to Classical Music 4 credits
MUS 102   History of Jazz and Rock 4 credits
MUS 110   Music Notation 4 credits
MUS 131   Introduction to MIDI Lab 1 credit
MUS 181   Class Voice I 1 credit
MUS 187   Class Guitar I 1 credit
MUS 188   Class Guitar II 1 credit
MUS 241   Introduction to World Music 4 credits
MUS 341   Music in World Religions 4 credits
All performing ensembles 0 or 1 credit  
Private instruction   0.5 or 1 credit
Ensembles are open to all students. See course descriptions.  
MUSE 151 / MUSE 352   Jazz Band  
MUSE 153 / MUSE 353   Concert Choir  
MUSE 158 / MUSE 358   Orchestra  
MUSE 159 / MUSE 359   Chamber Ensembles (various)  
MUSE 163 / MUSE 363   Chamber Singers  
MUSE 165 / MUSE 365   Symphonic Band  

Ensemble courses are considered activity courses. 8 credits may be taken as activity courses toward the 124 credits required for graduation.

Music Programs

Music, music education, and music therapy majors are allowed to apply a maximum of 60 credits in Music toward graduation. The remaining 64 credits must be from other academic disciplines. To conveniently facilitate compliance with this regulation, Music majors are encouraged to complete an academic minor in another discipline.

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. It also is accredited by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and fulfills five major functions within the University:

  • provides access to courses in music for all students of the University regardless of their previous involvement or experience
  • provides opportunities for active music-making in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles for all interested students, faculty, staff and members of the community
  • prepares elementary and secondary teachers of music
  • provides applied music instruction in voice, wind, percussion, string and keyboard instruments and offers degrees with performance emphasis in voice and piano
  • prepares students for graduate study in music

Program 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

At the end of the second year of music study, the progress of Music majors and minors will be assessed to evaluate the student’s potential to complete upper-division music requirements.

Music courses fulfilling requirements for the Music Major or Music Minor must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher.

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