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School of Music
UCO has achieved the 'All-Steinway School' designation
After more than a decade of fundraising, on August 8, 2019, the University of Central Oklahoma and the UCO School of Music were welcomed into the global family of All-Steinway Schools. UCO students, faculty and guest artists are now practicing, learning, and performing on the finest pianos in the world. This is a watershed milestone in the history of the School of Music.
The Mission of the School of Music is leading in musical excellence through transformative teaching, performing and scholarly activity.
The University of Central Oklahoma's School of Music is recognized nationwide as one of Oklahoma's foremost institutions for preparing professional musicians in all fields due to the following:
- High academic and performance standards
- Gifted faculty of conductors, studio teachers, composers, historians, theorists, music educators, scholars and administrators
- The University of Central Oklahoma is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music
- Variety of instrumental ensembles, choral groups, opera groups and musical theatre troupes that travel nationally and internationally
- Opportunities to provide music for professional venues, schools, conventions and on the UCO campus
- Alumni are staffed nationwide in public schools and universities as well as performing with recognized musical theater companies, opera companies, service bands, orchestras, leading jazz ensembles and recording studios throughout the country
The School of Music maintains a high level of commitment to its students, alumni and musical community; it is dedicated to assisting them in meeting the challenges of an ever-broadening and diversifying musical world.
In 2018, the University of Central Oklahoma was identified as one of the great value colleges for undergraduate music majors ranked as #22. The ranking was created based on U.S. News & World Report rankings combined with information from the NCES College Navigator database.
Explore the School of Music Campus
The Music Building was built in 1952. It is equipped with Smart Boards or Apple TVs in six classrooms (101, 104, 105, 111, 114, and 135). Room 101 also serves as a small Recital Hall with 69 seats. The Music Building has fourteen practice rooms, three of which are Wenger sound isolation V-Rooms outfitted with Virtual Acoustic Environment technology and can be found on the lowest level. Eleven of these are on the upper level. Six of the practice rooms have grand pianos and five of the rooms have upright pianos. The School of Music is proud to have all Steinway pianos in the practice rooms for piano majors.
Location: The Music Building lies at the heart of the UCO campus just South of Plunkett Park and West of the Nigh University Center.
UCO Jazz Lab (100 E. 5th St., Edmond)
The UCO Jazz Lab serves three primary functions: as an education facility for the jazz studies program, as a community-focused live music venue, and as a place to learn, write and record music. The Jazz Lab is a world-class entertainment venue featuring a relaxed atmosphere styled after jazz clubs in New Orleans! Every week, the Jazz Lab features live entertainment with food and beverages provided by Hideaway Pizza. The Lab also houses a 9-foot Steinway D piano and hosts the Faculty Artist Concert Series on Tuesday and Sunday nights.
Mitchell Hall Theatre (UCO Main Campus)
Mitchell Hall Theatre, Central’s performing arts venue since 1926, showcases the College of Fine Arts and Design's Department of Theatre Arts, Department of Dance and the UCO School of Music’s theatrical productions and concerts. Each year, many talented and award-winning student actors, singers, dancers and musicians are featured on stage. Mitchell Hall also houses a 9-foot Steinway Model D piano.
Radke Fine Arts Theatre (UCO Main Campus)
The Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the Center for Transformative Learning building is located to the west of the Liberal Arts building off of Baumann Rd. This hall is the primary location for student recitals. The hall has two dressing rooms and also houses a 9-foot Steinway Model D piano.