|School of Music|
The University of Maryland School of Music combines first-rate academics and conservatory-caliber training in a comprehensive, mid-size program. Located at one of the nation's premier public universities, the UM School of Music is characterized by excellence, energy and momentum. With a world-class faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, the School is dedicated to educating undergraduate and graduate musicians at the highest possible level while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator, and arts advocate in the 21st century.
Founded as the Department of Music in 1954, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in 1966, the unit was re-designated as the University of Maryland School of Music in 1995. With the completion of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the School began a brand new era in 2000. The School fosters a thriving and diverse community of more than 500 student musicians from within the state of Maryland, across the country, and around the world. The School also serves more than 3,000 non-majors each year, providing essential coursework that satisfies University CORE Liberal Arts & Sciences Studies requirements.
The UM School of Music comprises seven academic & performance divisions: Piano, String, Voice/Opera, Wind & Percussion, Music Education, Music Theory & Composition, and Musicology & Ethnomusicology. The School offers 40 B.A., M.A. and doctoral degrees spanning Composition, Conducting, Ethnomusicology, Jazz, Music Education, Music History & Literature (Musicology), Music Theory, and Performance (Piano & Collaborative Piano, String, Voice/Opera & Vocal Pedagogy, and Wind & Percussion.) The School maintains competitive admission standards; entrance is by audition/interview only. Admission is selective across all degree programs.