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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education, B.A.

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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.

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Major Requirements

  • Minimum 108 credits
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ in courses applied to the major except where otherwise indicated

Course Requirements

Additional Music Requirements (25 credits)

Complete 25 credits from the following:

Recital Preparation

Complete 3 credits of the following:

Private Lessons

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.

Choral Music Education

The Choral Music Education track consists of 27 credits.

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.

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.

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