Faculty as Research Mentors
Faculty of the music department often serve as research mentors for individual undergraduate students, working on projects that are both part of the curriculum (independent studies such as Music 400, Music 492), or extensions of independent studies. Two recent examples are described below.
125th Audio Engineering Society Conference
A faculty member mentored an undergraduate music technology student, who won the first place prize in the Pop/Rock category of the Student Recording Competition at the 125th Audio Engineering Society Conference (2008) in San Francisco (a very significant honor, with applicants from all over the world). According to the AES, “The Audio Engineering Society, now in its sixth decade, is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists and other authorities has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society's stature and that of its members in a truly symbiotic relationship."
A faculty member and an undergraduate student (instrumental performance emphasis) collaborated on a performance project - researching and choosing duo repertoire, preparing this repertoire for performances, and presenting a number of public performances (on and off campus) of this repertoire. Included in this project was the commissioning of two young composers (one from Wisconsin, the other from California) for new works – thus, the UMBC student not only participated in this professional process, but also developed contacts with the professional world (she has future interest in becoming a college music professor). The faculty/student duo was invited to perform at international festivals in Minneapolis (Spark Festival) and Richmond (Third Practice Festival), and at the Institute for Contemporary American Music at the prestigious Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT).