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:

  • Communication
  • Memory and Concentration
  • Teamwork
  • The ability to perform under pressure
  • Planning and Organization
  • Self-discipline
  • Critical Thinking
  • Taking Direction
  • Mental Flexibility
  • Adaptability
stage manager

Job options with a Dance Degree:

Artistic director
Community arts worker
Dance movement psychotherapist*
Private studio owner/instructor
Personal trainer
Theatre director
Cruise ship entertainer
Summer camp director/staff
Musical theatre
Dance coach (K-12)*
Sound/lighting technician
Wellness consultant (injury prevention and intervention)*
College professor*
Theme park dancer
Las Vegas production dancer
Arts facilities operations
Sports trainer
Pilates instructor
Rehearsal director
Benesh, Laban dance notator
Costume designer
Dance for fitness instructor
Stunt coordinator*
Film researcher/dance consultant
Sound engineer and design (live)
Stage manager
Sports therapist
*Movement therapist*

*with additional certification or degree

music teacher

Job options with a Music Degree:

Musical performer
Video game composer
Film scoring
Pit orchestra musician
Session musician
Music school teacher**
Band director/Conductor
Military Musician
Conductor/choral director
Music therapist*
Collaborative pianist/musician
Private studio owner/instructor
Cruise ship entertainer
Summer camp music
Score coordinator/orchestrator
Vocal coach
Back-up/playback singer
Master classes
Music librarian*
Technical music assistant
Music preparation/ supervisor
Religious music director
Electronic/audio production design, and sound mastering
Sound engineer and design (live)
Wellness consultant (injury prevention and intervention)*
College professor*
Artistic director
Acoustics consultant*

*with additional certification or degree,  **with Music Education Degree

Fields that value your SOMD degree:

Acting coach
Arts council employee
Arts administrator
Fundraiser, grant writer
College administrator
Special events planner
Digital aggregator
Public relations and arts marketing
Personnel Manager
Media development
Entertainment and arts journalist, editorial assistant, critic, reviewer, curator
Web producer, digital aggregator
Merchandise management
Entertainment lawyer; arts lawyer
Fundraiser, grant writer
Dance retail (owner, manager, sales)
Royalty analyst and accountant, copyright consultant
Television production assistant
Concert manager, promoter
Event production, management, planning, technology
Stage manager
Talent agent, business consultant
Talent recruiter
Venue promoter
Talent representation
Booking management
Road manager, coordinator, tour publicist
Music instrument builder, designer, repair, tuning, or piano tuner
Arts administrator
Copyist, transcriber
Copyright consultant
Fundraiser, grant writer
Music store (owner, manager, sales)
Radio programming, research, management
Music/entertainment journalist, editorial assistant, critic, reviewer, curator
Music publishing, royalty analyst and accountant, licensing and clearance
faculty team

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.

Meet our Faculty

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.  

Alumni Association

Looking for career advice, mentorship, or networking opportunities? The Alumni Association is your one-stop resource.