Pursuing a degree in the arts can seem like a challenging path, but if you can dream it, you can be it. The UO School of Music and Dance has been guiding scholars, artists, dreamers, future educators, and performers for more than a century.
Faculty and staff members at SOMD are committed to fostering and supporting diverse ideas, perspectives, people, and disciplines, and providing cross-disciplinary exploration and the tools necessary for students to apply their music or dance degree to any conceivable career.
What can I do with this degree?
Our faculty produce well-rounded, skilled scholars and performers who are flexible leaders with global perspectives and great people skills who become cultural influencers and entrepreneurs. Specific skills you will have gained from your degree in music or dance include:
- Memory and Concentration
- The ability to perform under pressure
- Planning and Organization
- Critical Thinking
- Taking Direction
- Mental Flexibility
Job options with a Dance Degree:
*with additional certification or degree
Job options with a Music Degree:
*with additional certification or degree, **with Music Education Degree
Fields that value your SOMD degree:
Our faculty and staff make your professional development a priority.
Faculty pave the way for undergraduate and graduate scholars to present their research at conferences and seminars around the world.
Education majors are encouraged to teach clinics and sectionals in the community.
Performance majors teach private lessons, participate in master classes with some of today’s top musicians, and perform with school-sponsored ensembles and in the community.
Career and Networking Events
There are many opportunities at the University and the School of Music and Dance to prepare for the next chapter after you graduate. From tailoring a resume to landing the perfect summer job to brushing up on your interview skills before you apply to graduate school. Mark your calendars with upcoming events to obtain the resources to help you explore your passions and find the direction that is right for you.
Professional Development Opportunities
Orchestra Next , Eugene Symphony , the Community Music Institute, the Jazz Station, Ballet Fantastique, The Shedd, Eugene Opera, and various national and international scholarly conferences. See our professional development blog for a complete list of opportunities.