Who We Are

SPU's Music Department offers programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in music, as well as for those wanting to sharpen their musical skills or pursue music as an avocation. SPU-educated musicians, music educators, and music therapists are in high demand throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Our Mission

At the heart of Seattle Pacific’s approach to the discipline of music is a focus on engagement with people and cultural music from around the world — including Western European art music, African and Polynesian percussion, Indonesian gamelan, American jazz, and African-American gospel music — genres that are all valued, studied, and performed on campus and in the wider community.

The Music Department values the richness that diversity brings to the learning community at SPU, and faculty and students strive to maintain respect for the rigor of learning from and with one another.

Learning Outcomes

With a Music degree, graduates enter a wide variety of careers, from church musician to ethnomusicologist, composer to music critic, music librarian to music teacher. They also work in arenas as diverse as business or entertainment.

The Music Therapy Program’s rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum trains students to realize their potential as a music therapist, prepare for the six-month clinical internship, and, ultimately, pass the national examination to earn Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) designation.