Oct 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Contemporary Music, P.B.C.

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Offered by the Department of Music, the post-baccalaureate certificate in American Contemporary Music provides a one-year intensive experience in the study of American contemporary music performance. Students wishing to prepare for graduate school are mentored by faculty, and credits earned at UMBC often transfer to other institutions. For example, this certificate program and Towson University have a collaborative program enabling the successful UMBC certificate student to transfer 12 full credits there toward a master's degree in music.

Program Opportunities


  • Solo performances -recitals as well as participation in student concert series at UMBC and region
  • Ensembles-- classical chamber, orchestral music, jazz, vocal, world music, & contemporary
  • Seminars - American music history
  • Professional recordings of student performances (additional fee)
  • Use of Steinway concert grand and practice rooms (no extra fee)
  • Apprenticeship with RUCKUS, resident faculty ensemble (for qualified students)


  • Private lessons
  • Performance of student compositions by faculty and advanced student ensembles
  • Professional recordings of student performances

Music Technology

  • Studios equipped with ProTools HD2-accel systems, Waves Diamond plugs, 5.1 surround Genelec and Event stereo monitoring.
  • Access to advanced course work in DVD audio and video production.
  • Opportunity to explore advanced individual projects with technology such as MaxMSP/Jitter and Final Cut Pro.


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