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Explore music through performance and scholarship

The UW School of Music offers programs focused on music performance and music scholarship. Our students gain real-world experience through performance, teaching and research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Each year the school presents more than 100 concerts, recitals, master classes and guest artist events that are open to the public. Our faculty artists maintain thriving careers beyond UW stages and classrooms, performing with major orchestras, playing with jazz ensembles, releasing recordings and composing pieces for international performances. 

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School of Music students develop skills that are relevant as professional performers and in many other careers. They develop the ability to work well in collaborative settings, listen actively and communicate effectively — traits that are valued in the arts, business, nonprofit organizations and many other professions. 

Career Paths

School of Music alumni pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, with job titles such as:

  • Professional musician 
  • Composer
  • Conductor 
  • Choral director 
  • Arranger
  • Vocalist
  • Educator
  • Film/Video scorer 
  • Arts administrator
  • Digital marketer
  • Music producer


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Performance as professional outreach

School of Music students have many ensemble performance opportunities in a wide range of instrumental combinations — from small chamber groups to large jazz ensembles. All groups are taught by school faculty and provide participants with professional education and performance experience. 

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Find Yourself in Music

Grow your creativity in a supportive, collaborative environment. Explore music’s impact, from historical works to today’s experimental forms.


School of Music Stories

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Digging into the Roots of Rap

A new course explores rap music and its musical influences, with guest musicians and creative assignments.

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Lifelong Fascination Inspires Gift

Paul Fritts, whose company built the UW's Littlefield Organ three decades ago, has now made a major gift to the School of Music.

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A Feast for the Ears

UW School of Music faculty share favorite pieces of music, in genres from jazz to Gospel to world music and more.