School of Music

Overview

The USM School of Music, located near the coastal and mountain regions of Maine in the heart of Maine's population center, is a vibrant hub of artistic and educational activity. As the only School of Music in a public university in New England, we have linked the best aspects of a comprehensive school with a personalized and opportunity-based approach to educating 21st-century musicians. Students benefit from having the vibrant greater Portland arts scene at our doorstep.

The USM School of Music features a faculty of distinguished performers, teachers, scholars, and mentors. Offering undergraduate degrees in performance, music education, jazz studies, piano pedagogy, and music/liberal arts, the school also sponsors programs for pre-college musicians and delivers professional training at the master's level in composition, conducting, music education, jazz studies, and performance. 

More than 100 concerts and events are presented each academic year; open to the public, these are either free or have modest ticket prices. Please check our events list on this page for more information.

We are an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and a unit of USM's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the School of Music of the University of Southern Maine is to prepare musicians for careers in teaching, performing and related fields. In addition, the school provides support for music education throughout the State of Maine and New England; it actively participates in a mutually supportive relationship with the professional arts community; and it guides present and future audiences toward greater understanding of and appreciation for many different styles of music.