Life at the School of Music and Dance

Life @ SOMD

The School of Music and Dance has one of the highest faculty to student ratios and on the UO campus which allows for a studio-based education and one-on-one weekly lessons with full-time faculty. We provide a conservatory-style education, augmented by the resources of a large research institution.

Student Performances Annually
Ensembles and Small Group Performance Opportunities
Student to Faculty Ratio


We strive to create a welcoming, creative environment where students feel safe to take chances and experiment. We want to constantly improve and are open to constructive feedback from our students. To this end, we maintain a Student Advisory Board to the Dean staffed by current students who act as advocates. We have also created the SOMD Committee for Equity and Inclusion as a way for faculty, staff, and students to advocate for their communities and hold the administration accountable.

At SOMD, we pride ourselves on balancing musical and dance theory education with practical performance experience. Our faculty are well-connected and attract world-class artists and lecturers who supplement classroom curricula and share their talents and experience with our students.

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Performance Opportunities

We encourage our students to create their own performance opportunities by forming bands and chamber groups within their cohorts. We also offer a variety of performance opportunities through large and small performance ensembles.

Performance Opportunties


SOMD Facilities

SOMD has state-of-the-art recording studios, as well as numerous private practice rooms, while our performing spaces are unrivaled for the acoustics and performer comfort and safety. From the world-renowned sound balance in Beall Hall to the state-of-the-art sprung floors in all our dance studios, the SOMD provides students with incomparable support for their artistic pursuits.

Collier House
Beall Hall

Health and Wellness

The UO School of Music and Dance is dedicated to increasing proficiency and preventing injury in student musicians and dancers by providing access to somatic training, health-related information, and medical support. Wellness and prevention support options include: 

Alexander Technique 
Body Mapping
Chiropractic Care 
Feldenkrais Method
Massage Therapy
Tai Chi

Campus Resources

Need a little help navigating the UO? Campus resources provide one-stop help with: 

Registration and classes
Advising and academic support
Financial aid and billing
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Wellness and safety 
Equity and diversity support
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Career advice
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