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UMBC Department of Music
Prospective Students
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 playing 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.

Getting Started

Apply / Audition

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.
> How to Apply
> Audition Requirements

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
> B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Music
> Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in American Contemporary Music
> Music Minor

Visit Us

If you would like to visit the music department, sit in on a class, or meet current music students and faculty, please contact Connie Bailey ( in the Music Office (Fine Arts 509).

> Department of Music Visitor Information
> General UMBC Visitor Information
> Learn More About UMBC

Life at UMBC

Area Information
> Washington DC
> Baltimore

Music Performance Information
Washington DC
> Kennedy Center
> Wolf Trap
> Washington Opera

> Baltimore Chamber Orchestra

Other Cultural Organizations, Events, and Centers in Baltimore City
> American Dime Museum
> Shriver Hall
> Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
> Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
> American Visionary Art Museum
> Baltimore Museum of Art
> The Walters Art Museum
> Enoch Pratt Library
> Columbia Festival of the Arts
> Maryland Arts Festival
> Maryland Art Source

Undergraduate life at UMBC
> View UMBC's Undergraduate Admissions site to learn more about life at UMBC

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