Featuring a first-rate faculty, strong chamber music and orchestral programs, and frequent performance opportunities, the string program at Pacific is committed to preparing students for a successful career in music.
4-year plan for Bachelor of Music in Performance, Strings, at University of the Pacific
Student-centered learning is a vital characteristic of the string program. By recognizing that every student is unique and requires an individualized approach, each applied faculty member adapts their teaching methods to meet your unique needs. In addition, the applied faculty members have a holistic approach to teaching, helping you develop both technically and musically. Through weekly private lessons, you will develop invaluable problem-solving skills.
As members of the University Symphony Orchestra, all string students perform orchestral repertoire ranging in style from Classical and Romantic master works to exciting world premieres.
String performance majors and other interested string players cultivate their collaborative skills through participation in the chamber music program. You will play in a wide variety of ensembles, learning the intricacies of working with other string musicians.
Students in the performance program are held to the highest level of achievement on their instruments. The program offers juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to receive two hours of private instruction per week, as opposed to only one hour per week, which is the custom at most institutions. This extra hour is vital to preparing you for your degree recitals and graduate school auditions. During your freshman and sophomore years, you will receive one hour of private lessons per week.
Many students are studying music education, music therapy, music management, or composition with a string instrument as their primary instrument. Based on your goals and abilities, the applied teachers tailor the private instruction to provide you with the skills that will be most helpful as you continue beyond Pacific.
Many Pacific students choose to double major in music and another area of study. If you choose this path, you may require at least an extra year of study.
You will gain fundamental performance experience through solo classes, orchestra concerts, chamber music and degree recitals (performance and education majors). Faculty members and the artist-in-residence Trio 180 also inspire the students by performing regularly.