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Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

The Music Department was the only academic department at UMBC to receive a 2008-2009 Kauffman Innovation Grant  through the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship.

Nine students have been funded to undertake projects in music, supervised by faculty in the music department. These projects are summarized below.

> Music and Entrepreneurship Fellows program and proposal (PDF)

Outside the Loop

Elise Pohl, Hunter Schafer

This is a student run concert series that presents student musicians in concerts outside of UMBC. Its mission is to nurture the connection between UMBC and its community as well as giving students much needed opportunities to perform.

Future Music Majors:  All the information you need to apply to a music program.

O.J. Spikes, James Grant, Max Kuzmyak

The objective of this project is to present an opportunity for high school students to explore the possibility of pursuing music at the collegiate level. During the presentation, we will provide a quality performance for prospective music majors, present basic information and answer some frequently asked questions regarding college music auditions and study. 

We plan to visit high schools and/or present programs here on the UMBC campus to fulfill these goals. Our personal experiences have demonstrated the need for this type of service. Furthermore, we expect that band and choral directors will be highly enthusiastic about the prospect of presenting such opportunities for their students to pursue music as a career.

Music on the Hill (community music school)

Brian Forte, Joey Mitchell

Learning music should be a positive and inspiring experience! Our mission at Music on the Hill is to inspire and educate anyone with a desire to play music, no matter what the skill level. We offer lessons for both the Guitar (acoustic & electric) and Bass (acoustic upright & electric.)

We are committed to working with each student individually; incorporating music theory, sight-reading and ear training to advance technique on each student's chosen instrument. Knowledge of all musical styles is central to becoming a well rounded musician... Because of this, each student will be exposed to many musical genres including classical, jazz, pop, rock and beyond!

By incorporating each student's personal musical interests into our own curriculum of standard methods and practices, we will create a solid, well-rounded musical foundation.

Music Together (early childhood music)

Min Kim and Alison Schoon

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children to the pleasures of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or TV.

Central to the Music Together approach is that young children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home within the context of daily life.

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