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Faculty

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Chair

E. Michael Richards

Associate Chair

Joseph Morin

Professor

Linda Dusman
E. Michael Richards
Stuart Saunders Smith

Associate Professors

Thomas Goldstein
Anna Rubin
Airi Yoshioka

Assistant Professors

Stephen Caracciolo
Lisa Cella

Lecturers

Nancy Beith
Matthew Belzer
Joseph Morin
Alan Wonneberger

Associate Staff

Janice Jackson

Affiliate Artists

Harry Appleman
Tom Baldwin
Thomas Bange
Wayne Cameron
Barry Dove
Zane Forshee
Rachel Franklin
Michael J. Hall
Thomas Hawley
Hamid Hossain
Lori Ann Kesner
Thom King
Gita Ladd
Thomas Lagana
Vladimir Lande
Lorriana Markovic
Jacqueline Pollauf
Laura Ruas
Travis Siehndel
Richard Spece
Richard Spittel
Kazuko Tanosaki
Christian Tremblay

Adjunct Associate Professor

Maria Lambros Kannen

Part-time Lecturer

Gina Beck
Yi-Ping Huang
Jason Love
Janice Macauley
James Parent
Max Vanderbeek

Courses in this program are listed under MUSC.

The study of music at UMBC stresses the interdependence of theory, performance and history. Students in the program explore the traditions of Western music, as well as examine new music and other cultures, leading to a balanced understanding of music as a universal form of human artistic expression. Music also is studied in conjunction with an overview of the other arts, providing students with opportunities to interact with artists from other creative disciplines. Students in music courses, as well as vocal and instrumental ensembles, study technical and historical aspects of music both by playing and hearing it.

Students at UMBC are given the opportunity to study and perform with professional musicians. The music department faculty bring a rich and varied background in professional performance and research to UMBC. The faculty is widely recognized for its expertise in performance, composition and music technology. An audition/interview before a faculty committee is required of all students wishing to major in music. The audition for the performance emphasis in voice or main instrument should include compositions that demonstrate the student's level of ability.

Voice students should prepare two well-contrasted compositions, one of which must be in English. Along with an audition, students interested in the composition emphasis must submit scores for review by the composition faculty. Students interested in the music technology emphasis need to audition on an instrument or voice and to submit an example of their work in recording or music technology.

Major Programs

B.A. in Music

As a music major, a student concentrates in one of six emphases: performance, performance/musicology, composition, jazz, music technology or music education. These emphases range from 56 to 86 credits. A grade of “C” or better in any course counts toward the major, except where otherwise specified. All music majors, regardless
of emphasis, take the following courses:

Core Requirements:

  • MUSC 125 Theory I - Basics of Music [3]
  • MUSC 126 Theory II - Harmony and Voice Leading [3]
  • MUSC 225 Theory III - Counterpoint [3]
  • MUSC 226 Theory IV - Expanded Harmony [3]
  • MUSC 227 Theory V - Twentieth-Century Analysis [3] (Music Education majors exempted)
  • MUSC 110, 111, 210, 211 (Musicianship Labs I-IV) [4]
    with a grade of “B” or better in MUSC 211: Musicianship Lab IV
  • MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
  • MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
  • MUSC 322 Music History II [3]

  • MUSC 480 Music, Art and Society [3] (Music Education majors exempted)
    OR
  • MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3] (Music Education majors exempted)

  • MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]

  • Eight semesters of MUSC 191: Recital Preparation [8]
  • One upper-level elective in music or VPA [3]

Students planning graduate work are strongly recommended to complete the study of a language pertinent to their area of research through the 202 level.


Proficiency in Keyboard Skills

All students must pass a proficiency test, at each level, in keyboard skills or take four semesters of keyboard skills classesconsisting of:

MUSC 176 and 177 (Beginning Keyboard Skills) and MUSC 178 and 179 (Intermediate Keyboard Skills). [4]

A grade of "B" or better is required in MUSC 179. Students will beplaced at the appropriate level. [4]

Total core requirements: 54 credits

In addition to the core requirements, students must complete the requirements for one of the following emphases:

Performance Emphasis

Applied Music:
  • Eight semesters of applied individual performance study at three credits per semester [24]
  • Eight semesters of ensemble participation [16]. It is required that students participate in an ensemble every semester.
  • Instrumentalists are required to register for Orchestra or WindEnsemble for the first four semesters.
  • All voice students must complete a series of courses in diction for a total of three additional credits [3]. Participation (for credit) in either Camerata or Vocal Arts Ensemble at least four semesters is required.

Note: Performance majors are required to take as their upper-level elective core requirement either MUSC 362: Arts in Education, or MUSC 400: Special Projects in Pedagogy.

All students must complete a junior recital and a senior recital.


Performance/Musicology Emphasis


Applied Music:
  • Six semesters of applied individual performance study at three credits per semester [18]
  • Eight semesters of ensemble participation [16]
  • Instrumentalists are required to register for Orchestra or Wind Ensemble for the first four semesters.
Two semesters of:
  • MUSC 480 Topics in Music, Art and Society [6]
    OR
  • MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [6]

Performance/musicology students must complete a junior recital or performance/lecture and MUSC 492 Senior Project for two credits. Students must select an advisor, who will supervise a senior project on a topic related to the student's area of research.


Composition Emphasis


Applied Music:
  • Four semesters of applied individual performance at three credits per semester study [12]
  • Six semesters of ensemble participation [12] with at least two semesters of participation in MUSC 309 New Music Ensemble.
  • Instrumentalists are required to register for Orchestra or Wind Ensemble for the first four semesters.

Composition:
  • MUSC 224 Instrumentation [3]
  • MUSC 311 Free Composition [3]
  • MUSC 312 Advanced Composition [3]

    (Note: Students must submit a portfolio of compositions to the faculty at the conclusion of this course to be approved for continuation in the composition emphasis.)

  • MUSC 427 Composing at the Computer [3]

Three semesters of:
  • MUSC 401 Special Projects in Composition [9]

    (Note: Portfolio of compositions for the senior recital must be presented to the faculty at the completion of this course.)

Performance/Production

MUSC 492: Senior Project [2]. All composition majors are required to produce a recital of their compositions as a capstone project. Students are encouraged to record their compositions in the recording studio on campus.


Jazz Emphasis


Applied Music:
  • Eight semesters of individual performance study at three credits per semester [24]

  • MUSC 324, Section 2
    OR
  • MUSC 320
    OR
  • MUSC 324, Section 1 Eight semesters of jazz ensemble participation [16]

  • MUSC 214 History of Jazz [3]
The following courses are to be taken in place of the core requirements of MUSC 225 and MUSC 226:

  • MUSC 221 Jazz Theory and Aural Skills [3]

    AND

  • MUSC 222 Jazz Arranging [3]
    OR
  • MUSC 223 Jazz Composition [3]

All students must complete a junior and a senior recital. Note: The jazz emphasis is available only for instrumentalists, not for vocalists.


Music Technology Emphasis

  • Four semesters in applied music (individual) at two credits per semester [8]
  • Four semesters of ensemble participation [8]
  • MUSC 218 Recording Techniques 3[3]
  • MUSC 219 Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations [3]
  • MUSC 318 Digital Audio Processing [3]
  • MUSC 319 Advanced Topics in Music Technology [3]
  • MUSC 417 Special Topics in Music Technology [3]
    (Note: This class may be repeated for up to six credits.)
  • MUSC 418 Music Technology Internship [3]
    (Note: This class may be repeated for up to six credits.)
  • MUSC 492 Senior Project [2]
    (supervised by music technology faculty)

Students have the option of replacing core requirements MUSC 225 and MUSC 226 with the following:

  • MUSC 221 Jazz Theory and Aural Skills [3]
    AND

  • MUSC 222 Jazz Arranging [3]
    OR
  • MUSC 223 Jazz Composition [3]


Music Education Emphasis

Leading to certification in K-12 music education in either instrumental or choral music.

Note: Elimination of some upper-level requirements

  • MUSC 125 Theory I [3]
  • MUSC 126 Theory II [3]
  • MUSC 225 Theory III [3]
  • MUSC 226 Theory IV [3]
  • MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab I [1]
  • MUSC 111 Musicianship Lab II [1]
  • MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
  • MUSC 211 Musicianship Lab IV [1]
    With a grade of "B" or better in MUSC 211
  • MUSC 176 Keyboard Skills I [1]
  • MUSC 177 Keyboard Skills II [1]
  • MUSC 178 Keyboard Skills III [1]
  • MUSC 179 Keyboard Skills IV [1]
    OR
  • Demonstrated piano proficiency
    A grade of " B" or better is required for MUSC 179


Three semesters of:

  • MUSC 191 Recital Preparation [3]


  • MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
  • MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
  • MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
  • MUSC 362 Arts in Education [3]
  • MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]

Instrumental K-12
  • MUSC 193 Performance Studies (six semesters) [18]
  • MUSC 182 Beginning Strings [1]
  • MUSC 184 Beginning Woodwinds [1]
  • MUSC 186 Beginning Brass [1]
  • MUSC 188 Percussion Class [1]
  • MUSC 183 Intermediate String Methods [1]
  • MUSC 185 Woodwind Methods [1]
  • MUSC 187 Brass Methods [1]
  • MUSC 189 Guitar Methods [1]
  • MUSC 224 Instrumentation [3]
  • MUSC 361 Seminar in K-12 Instrumental Methods [3]
  • MUSC 385 Intermediate Conducting [3]
  • Six semesters of instrumental ensembles [12]

Instrumentalists must register for Orchestra or Wind Ensemble for the first four semesters.


Choral K-12

  • MUSC 193 Performance Studies (six semesters) [18]
  • MUSC 174 Beginning Vocal Methods [1]
  • MUSC 175 Intermediate Vocal Methods [1]
  • MUSC 189 Guitar Class [1]
  • MUSC 224 Instrumentation [3]
  • MUSC 261 Teaching Choral Singing [3]
  • MUSC 360 Seminar in K-12 Choral Methods [3]
  • MUSC 385 Intermediate Conducting [3]
  • Six semesters of choral ensembles [12]

Note: Vocalists must register for Camerata and/or Jubilee Singers for at least three semesters.

Note: Students interested in completing certification requirements for music education also must apply for acceptance into the education department and complete coursework in education as required by the state of Maryland. Please see the UMBC Department of Education for details and requirements.