The Music Department offers the following General Studies courses for students with little or no previous experience in music (Note: All 4-credit and 2-credit Music courses, as well as select 1-credit ensembles, count toward satisfying the Arts requirement in the Academic Core):
Ensemble courses are considered activity courses. 8 credits may be taken as activity courses toward the 124 credits required for graduation.
Music majors and Music Therapy students 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.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Music TherapyMinor