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UMBC Department of Music
B.A. in Music
Instrumental Performance
Students in the instrumental performance emphasis receive a solid grounding and experience in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble repertoire, preparing them for graduate school and work as a professional musician with special emphasis on developing entrepreneurial skills.

Faculty specializations include chamber music, American music, Japanese contemporary music, music by minority composers, new complexity music, extended instrumental techniques, Baroque string music, and improvisation. Special musical opportunities exist for students through an exchange program with the Nicolini Conservatory in Piacenza, Italy, and through collaborative projects with faculty and international graduate students in the Department's Certificate Program in American Contemporary Music.

Faculty

Core Requirements

All music majors, regardless of emphasis, take a series of core courses.

MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony & Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 225 Theory III: Counterpoint [3]
MUSC 226

Theory IV: Expanded Harmony [3]

MUSC 227

Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]

   
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab [1]
MUSC 111

Musicianship Lab II [1]

MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
MUSC 211

Musicianship Lab IV [1]

A grade of "B" or better is required for MUSC 211

   
MUSC 178-A

Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]

MUSC 178-B Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-A Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-B Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1] -

Or demonstrated piano proficiency

A grade of "B" or better is required for MUSC 179-B

   

Eight semesters of MUSC 191 - Recital Preparation [8]

   
MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
   
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
   
MUSC 480

Music, Art and Society [3]

-OR-
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
   

One elective - upper level, in Music or VPA [3]

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.

Emphasis Requirements

In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the following emphasis requirements.

MUSC 193 Performance Studies for Music Majors - Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
MUSC 390

Performance Studies for Music Majors - Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]

MUSC 300-
MUSC 310

Ensembles - Eight semesters of ensemble participation [16]

Junior Recital

Senior Recital

 

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