The music program at PLU strives to provide every student at the university with a meaningful and enriching arts experience, ranging from non-major private lessons or ensemble participation to core courses to four distinctive academic majors and two academic minors. Nearly one quarter of the undergraduates at PLU participate in music annually. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and its graduates go on to distinguished and satisfying careers in teaching and performing.
Facilities for exploring the musical arts are outstanding. The Mary Baker Russell Music Center, with its exquisite Lagerquist Concert Hall, provides state-of-the-art focus to music study at PLU. Media rich classrooms and labs augment studios and individual practice spaces. Private study in keyboard is available in piano, organ, and harpsichord. Other private study includes voice and all string, wind, and percussion instruments, taught by regularly performing musicians. Professional-quality experience is available to qualified performers in band, orchestra, choir, jazz, and chamber ensembles.