Nov 28, 2023
Students in the Music Education, B.A. receive extensive training in performance, pedagogy, repertoire, and conducting. A curriculum that includes educational psychology, theory, and music history prepares UMBC graduates for a successful career in classroom and studio teaching as well as graduate studies in the area of music. Through field observations and hands-on teaching experiences, students receive clear guidance to develop their own teaching skills, conducting technique, and philosophies of music education for the 21st century classroom. The degree combines courses from both Music and Education provide a comprehensive overview of theories and practices in both fields. Faculty specializations include studio teaching, aesthetic education, conducting, classroom teaching, and vocal and instrumental technique. Special opportunities exist in the form of off-campus internships and fellowships.
- Minimum 108 credits
- Minimum grade of ‘C’ in courses applied to the major except where otherwise indicated
Music Core (26 credits)
Complete the following, including MUSC 179 and MUSC 211 with a minimum grade of ‘B’:
Additional Music Requirements (25 credits)
Complete 25 credits from the following:
Complete 3 credits of the following:
Complete 12 credits from the following:
Advanced Private Lessons
Complete 6 credits from the following:
K-12 Music Education Track (27-29 credits)
Complete one of the following tracks:
Instrumental Music Education
The Instrumental Music Education Track consists of 29 credits.
200-Level Music Theory Sequence
Complete one of the following 6-credit sequences:
Instrumental K-12 Methods
Complete the following 17 credits:
Complete 6 ensemble courses over 6 different semesters selected from the following, including a minimum of 4 semesters from large instrumental ensembles MUSC 305 , MUSC 308 , and MUSC 320 .
Choral Music Education
The Choral Music Education track consists of 27 credits.
200-Level Music Theory Sequence
Complete the following 6 credits:
Choral K-12 Methods
Complete 15 credits from the following:
Complete 6 ensemble courses over 6 different semesters selected from the following, including a minimum of 4 semesters from MUSC 303 and a minimum of one semester of MUSC 304 :
Education Certification Requirements (30 credits)
Students pursuing the Music Education, B.A. apply for acceptance into the education department and complete coursework in education as required by the State of Maryland for teacher certification. Please see Education for details and requirements.
Advanced Education Courses
Complete the following with minimum grade of ‘B’:
Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs
Qualified students may apply to an accelerated program, which allows them to share courses between a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Students take graduate courses as undergraduate students and later apply those courses to master’s degrees. An undergraduate may apply to participate in an accelerated program even if the desired graduate program is in a department other than the one in which the student is majoring. More information is available from the Accelerated Program page of the Graduate School website.