Music Department

  • Music for All

    SPU’s Music Department is reimagining music education for the 21st century through a student-driven, project-based curriculum. With projects centered in performance, recording, composition, and research, we send you out into the world with your careers already started.

SPU Music is committed to challenging all systems of oppression, such as racism, sexism, and economic inequalities through the art we make, the people we work with, and the spaces we occupy. We affirm the dignity of all humans who are all made in the image of God and recipients of Christ’s love and grace. Through our beliefs and practice we aspire to establish a healthy and growing community that welcomes, values, and supports all people, particularly those who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.

At SPU Music our tagline is "Music For All." We aspire to address inclusivity and equity in higher education music education and to create a safe place for training both the professionally minded, conservatory-level student and those engaged in varying degree programs across campus — for the student who has 15 years of formal training, and the student who just started.

At SPU Music we have the Seattle Advantage. Nestled on the lush canal side of Queen Anne Hill in the heart of Seattle, we have some of the best teaching artists in the country on our faculty. Our students have access to the diversity of culture of Seattle and the full breadth of the music industry.

At SPU Music our goal is to enable our students to create their own music.

Our Music Production program is preparing students for professional audio/visual work in the 21st Century. Serving as both a performance hall and state-of-the-art recording and music production facility, the newly built Nickerson Studios has become a game changer for our students and a distinctive of our university. 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we have spent much of the last five years reimagining our entire music curriculum for all students. By flipping our programs upside down, we place the emphasis of control on the student and their creativity. Our project-based curriculum is designed to send the student out into the world with their careers already started. I invite you to learn more by checking out our programs and events.


What's Happening in the Music Department?

2024 SPU Music Competition Winners

Voice: Josephine Partridge, soprano - The Girl in 14G Music by Jeanine Tesori & Lyrics by Dick Scanlan

Instrumental: Derek Easterday, alto saxophone - Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Mvmt. I by Jacques Ibert

Recording: Matthew Spickelmier - Swan Song by Victoria Canal


Puget Sound Chapter of NATS Competition

1st Place in Lower Post HS Musical Theatre TBB - Adam Haagenson

1st Place in Lower Post HS Classical TBB - Sean Sheveland

1st Place in Lower Post HS Commercial Music Treble - Genevieve Bress*

* Has advanced to the National Seminfinals in NATS in Commercial Music Lower College Treble Category


Music Therapy Program

Since 2013, the Seattle Symphony has partnered with Mary's Place, which shelters families experiencing homelessness, to present the annual Lullaby Project. The Lullaby Project is a workshop series where Seattle Symphony musicians and students from Seattle Pacific University's Music Therapy program come alongside parents and children in crisis situations to create personal lullabies. 

A 360 view of the Seattle Pacific University campus.

Explore Nickerson Studios without leaving home through Seattle Pacific’s new 360 Virtual Tour! You can also check out other campus buildings — and soar over some of our favorite Northwest highlights.

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Melissa Perry looking at fabric samples

Life of a Double Major

Learn how senior Melissa Perry balances both a major in Vocal Performance and Interior Design.