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E. Michael Richards

Associate Chair

Joseph Morin


Linda Dusman
E. Michael Richards

Associate Professors

Lisa Cella
Thomas Goldstein
Anna Rubin
Airi Yoshioka

Assistant Professors

Stephen Caracciolo
David Revill


Nancy Beith
Matthew Belzer
Joseph Morin

Associate Staff

Janice Jackson

Affiliate Artists

Harry Appleman
Tom Baldwin
Darren Bange
Wayne Cameron
Barry Dove
Zane Forshee
Thomas Hawley
Hamid Hossain
Michelle Humphreys
Kristin Jurkscheit
Lori Ann Kesner
Thom King
Gita Ladd
Thomas Lagana
Lorriana Markovic
Jacqueline Pollauf
Laura Ruas
Travis Siehndel
Richard Spece
Richard Spittel
Kazuko Tanosaki
Christian Tremblay
Alice Young

Adjunct Associate Professor

Maria Lambros Kannen

Part-time Lecturer

Gina Beck
Jason Love
Janice Macauley
Robert White

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 performing 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 best demonstrate the student's level of ability (see specific audition requirements on the Music Department website

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.

Career and Academic Paths

The degree prepares students for advanced study in performance, theory, music history, composition, education or technology. Graduates typically continue on to graduate school, professional performance, teaching, research, composition or the music industry.

Academic Advising

Faculty advisors are available every semester for guidance in all aspects of the music curriculum.

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)
  • 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 classes consisting 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 be placed 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 Wind Ensemble 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]
  • 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.


  • 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.)


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
  • MUSC 320
  • 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]


  • MUSC 222 Jazz Arranging [3]
  • 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]
  • MUSC 222 Jazz Arranging [3]
  • 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]
  • 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. 

Minor Program

Students who wish to pursue a minor in music are required to complete the following:

  • MUSC 101 Fundamentals of Music Theory [3]
  • Three semesters of ensemble participation [6]
  • Three semesters of Applied Individual Performance Studies [6]

One course selected from the following:

  • MUSC 100 Introduction to Music [3]
  • MUSC 214 History of Jazz [3]
  • MUSC 230 Music of the World [3]
  • MUSC 217 History of Rock and Related Music [3]

Private Instruction

All music majors registering for MUSC 193, 194, 390, 391, 392, or 393 and all music minors registering for MUSC 190 (private instruction) are expected to perform each semester in a music forum, with the exception of the first semester of study, when public performance is at the discretion of the instructor. All other students registered for MUSC 190 may perform in a student recital upon the recommendation of their instructor. A faculty jury examination is required of all music majors in performance studies at the end of each semester.

Special Opportunities:

All UMBC music ensembles are open to Majors AND Non-majors by audition.  Contact the Music Office ( for further information:

UMBC Symphony Orchestra

an ensemble of 75-85 musicians, performs standard orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st century.  Recent performances have included symphonies of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Berlioz, and Dvorak, as well as concerto performances with visiting artist soloists.  In addition, members of the Orchestra can choose to enter an annual competition to appear with the Orchestra as soloist.

UMBC Camerata

a select choir of 40-50 singers, Camerata performs a wide variety of works drawn from the expansive choral repertoire: including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works. In previous seasons Camerata has accepted invitations to perform with conductor-composer John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, and provide entertainment for guests touring the White House during the holiday season.

UMBC Jazz Ensemble

is a large jazz group dedicated to the professional training and creative development of its members. Throughout the year, the group performs at concerts, special events and festivals. Student composers and arrangers have the opportunity to have their music read, performed and recorded by the group.

UMBC Wind Ensemble

is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion performers who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature.  Students are offered an opportunity to perform substantive music of various instrumentation and styles.

UMBC Chamber Players

investigates the instrumental chamber works of the Western Art Music, ranging from the Baroque, Classical, Romatic to New Music repertoire. There are monthly soirees for all of the chamber groups to come together and explore topics related to chamber music.

UMBC Collegium Musicum

is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from European Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750.

UMBC Opera Workshop

is designed for 8-15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement, and character development within the sphere of musical performance.

UMBC Small Jazz Groups

focus on the various aspects of playing in a combo which include group interaction, improvisation and developing an original group voice.

UMBC Percussion Ensemble

is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theater, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, and Carlos Chavez.

UMBC Studio 508

The UMBC music department’s recording studios are state-of-the-art facilities for music production. Staff engineers and students record, mix and master a limitless variety of music for commercial release and for other productions.

There are many internship possibilities within the music department in which students may gain preprofessional experience in concert management, music education, pedagogy, recording and music business.