The interaction of music and culture can be studied with a Music History degree at Pacific. This can be done as a stand-alone BM degree or as a minor in conjunction with any other BM degree.
Though all conservatory students study some music history in order to contextualize musical trends, composers, and individual musical works, the opportunity to major in Music History at the undergraduate level is somewhat rare. Students in a Music History degree at Pacific receive a broad exposure to musical eras and genres that encourages development of communication and research skills applied to music. Music History majors at Pacific have gone on to Ph.D. musicology and ethnomusicology programs, archival and librarianship programs, popular writing or criticism on musical figures, and conducting careers; they have also used music history to inform their performance careers or their work as music educators, analysts, or composers. You will be assured of several opportunities to practice and acquire the tools of the profession, through coursework and ample independent study and personal attention to your future goals. Recent students have had research projects ranging from Schoenberg’s relationship with Mahler, French baroque music, and individual works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn to examinations of hyperpop, Black opera composers, and women orchestral composers. The department encourages development of broad values regarding the music we listen to, compose, support, or perform.
If you are interested in this program, please schedule a personal meeting with program director Dr. Sarah Waltz on the day of your audition or another time to evaluate what the program has to offer.
This program requires an interview with faculty. Interviews are conducted on the same day as the live audition or by telephone if submitting a video-recorded audition.