This program is designed for the study of music within a strong liberal arts curriculum. It offers broad coverage of the field of music with emphasis upon the study of the history and theory of music. It furnishes an appropriate background for prospective candidates for advanced degrees who are preparing for non-performance centered careers. It does not qualify the graduate for certification as a public school music teacher.
BM Music Education
This is a four-year professional degree for students who intend to make music a career whether as a public school teacher or supervisor of music. The degree provides for many professional opportunities and serves also as preparation for graduate study in music. Upon satisfacotry completion of the music education course of study, the student is certified to teach music at both the elementary and secondary levels.
The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance is designed to assist the music student to prepare for a career in music performance. The degree is offered for the following applied areas: standard orchestral and band instruments, piano, voice, classical guitar, and pipe organ. Emphasis is placed on performance with supporting studies in music theory, music history and the liberal arts.
Master of Music
The Division of Music offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Music degree with majors in Music Education (with optional emphasis in conducting), and Performance. These majors are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Individualized curricula are designed to meet students’ interests and needs while offering a balanced program of academic and professional courses.
Entrance Requirements for all Music Degree Programs
In addition to meeting the University’s admission standards, applicants to music degree programs must demonstrate musical ability in performance on their major instruments or voice before a jury of the music faculty. Applicants must perform and pass a music audition before the University can review applications for admission to music degree programs. Space is limited in these majors and students need to apply and audition early. To ensure full consideration for admission and scholarships, current students may schedule an audition and apply no later than February 1st for the fall semester. Auditions are arranged through the Music Division office. Audition Information and Guidelines can be found here.
To schedule an audition, please call (207) 581-4703.
Division of Music Mission Statement
The central mission of the Division of Music in the School of Performing Arts is to provide for the education of undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music, as well as that of interested students from the University at large. Through the integration of academics and performance, the division furthers the knowledge and appreciation of music on campus, throughout the state, in the region, and beyond. Primarily, the Division offers the future and present music educators of our state and region degree programs at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Teaching, service and creative activity are therefore principally focused on the professional degree programs that serve the music education community. In order to further assist our students to attain the goals to which they aspire, we provide the Bachelor of Music degree in performance and the Bachelor of Arts degree. Our Master of Music degree in Music Education with optional emphasis in Conducting serves a vital function for the reaccreditation and promotion of public school music teachers in Maine and in the region. We also offer the Master of Music degree in Performance, providing an additional option for the professional musicians and music educators who seek admission to our School.
The faculty and students of the Division of Music serve as an educational and cultural resource. Our musical and pedagogical skills are available and visible through performance, composition, publication, continuing education efforts and consultation, which keep us actively connected with that population from which our students come and to which they return.
The Music Division is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and works with the UMaine College of Education and Human Development with NCATE and CAEP accreditation.
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