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UMBC Department of Music
Degree Programs
UMBC's Music degrees prepare students for advanced study in performance, theory, musicology, composition, education or technology. Graduates typically continue on to graduate school, professional performance, teaching, research, composition or the music industry.

B.A. in Music

As a music major, a student concentrates in one of eight emphases ranging from 56 to 86 credits. A grade of “C” or better in any course counts toward the major, except where otherwise specified.
> B. A. in Music (view course requirements by area of study)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in American Contemporary Music

This one-year program is designed for students who have already earned a bachelors degree in music, and who are interested in further preparing for entry to graduate school, a professional music career, and/or specializing in contemporary music.

> Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in American Contemporary Music

Minor in Music

Students may elect to minor in music by taking 18 required credits.

> Minor in Music Requirements
Private Instruction

All music majors registering for MUSC 193, 194 or 390 (private instruction) are expected to perform each semester in a music forum (Music 191), with the exception of the first semester of study, when public performance is at the discretion of the instructor. A faculty jury examination is required of all music majors in performance studies at the end of each semester

All other students registered for MUSC 190 may perform in a student recital upon the recommendation of their instructor.

Academic Advising

Faculty advisors are available every semester for guidance in all aspects of the music curriculum. Contact Prof. Nancy Beith (

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