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Overview/Introduction

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 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 600 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 7 academic & performance divisions: Piano, String, Voice/Opera, Wind & Percussion, Music Education, Musicology & Ethnomusicology, and Theory & Composition. The School offers 40 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees spanning Composition, Conducting, Ethnomusicology, Jazz, Music Education, Music History & Literature (Musicology), Music Theory, and Performance (Piano & Collaborative Piano, String & Suzuki, 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.

The UM School of Music is located in suburban Maryland just 9 miles from the heart of Washington D.C. and 30 miles from downtown Baltimore, MD. This location, in the culturally vibrant D.C. — Baltimore corridor, provides unsurpassed educational and professional opportunities for music students. Close proximity to professional orchestras, opera companies, and research and cultural centers add significant value to the UM experience.

A leading contributor to the cultural life of the campus and surrounding region, the UM School of Music sponsors more than 30 performance ensembles spanning orchestral, choral, chamber, jazz, opera, band, world, early and new music. Ensembles, faculty, student and guest recitalists present over 300 public performances each year.

The University of Maryland School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The School is a constituent of the UM College of Arts & Humanities, and a resident of the magnificent Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland. In October of 2003, the UM School of Music was recognized as an "All-Steinway School" by Steinway & Sons and Jordan Kitts Music for its commitment to excellence and record purchase of 103 Steinway pianos.