The School of Music exists to provide an excellent forum for the training and support of a highly diverse student body in the areas of Performance, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Music Education and Composition.  In addition, the School provides general training in music where students study Theory, History, Literature, Pedagogy, Composition, Improvisation, Music Technology and Ethnomusicology.  Framed by the University's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City", the School of Music offers a wide spectrum of activities by students, faculty and guest artists which enhances the artistic and cultural life of the city of Portland.

As part of an urban university, the School of Music acknowledges its responsibility to support the creative interaction of students, faculty and community through activities that enhance the educational experience and provide opportunities for professional development within the city and region.

The School of Music faculty embrace the dual goals of open access and outstanding achievement in order to produce graduates who make significant impacts on the musical profession nationally and internationally, while providing a diverse student body of traditional and non-traditional students with an educational experience that promotes appreciation for and participation in the music-making process.