The mission of the School of Music is to provide a comprehensive instructional program in music that will develop teachers, performers, composers, scholars, and informed audiences. In addition we strive to set and maintain high standards of musical excellence for a broad and diverse community of constituents. At the same time we acknowledge the value to ourselves and our students in interaction with other departments on campus in the belief such efforts will broaden our sphere of influence resulting in promotion of the role of arts in our culture. Finally we recognize a responsibility to be of service to the greater region by providing leadership and public service to students and teachers in schools and communities. The School of Music and the other units of the College of Visual and Performing Arts were recently recognized by the Northwest Accreditation Association as being "a jewel in the crown of The University of Montana."
The School of Music offers both professional and liberal arts degrees in music at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An academic minor is also available to students majoring in other disciplines. Clearly the mission and objectives of the School of Music are directly related to those of this specific institution as well as the Montana University System. Recognizing this University's strong commitment to providing a broad-based liberal arts education, the School of Music and College of Visual and Performing Arts have further been charged with serving as the principal location for professional training in fine arts. Through its historic mission and proven reputation for offering high quality education, the School of Music continues in its role as the provider of the state's only graduate level programs in music.