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Bachelor of Music

The B.M. degree is designed for qualified undergraduate students with extensive pre-college training and potential for successful careers in professional music.

The University of Maryland School of Music offers B.M. degrees in the following:

Bass
Bassoon
Cello
Clarinet
Composition
Euphonium
Flute
Harp
Horn
Jazz Studies
Oboe
Percussion
Piano
Saxophone
Theory
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
Viola
Violin
Voice

B.M. programs vary according to instrument or emphasis. For specific policies and requirements, please refer to our most recent academic Undergraduate Handbook.

In addition to CORE courses (approx. 45 credits) and music courses specific to each instrument or program listed above, B.M. students generally complete the following:

  • 8 semesters of private lessons (18 crs.) (Senior Recital in final semester)
  • 8 semesters of large ensemble participation (8 crs.)
  • 8 semesters of small ensemble participation (8 crs.)
  • 4 semesters of music theory (14 crs.)
  • 3 semesters of music history (9 crs.)
  • 2 semesters of class piano (4 crs.) (except piano majors)
  • 1 semester of form and analysis (3 crs.)
  • 1 semester of conducting (2 crs.)
  • 1 semester of music literature (1 cr.)
  • 1 semester of music pedagogy (1 cr.)
  • music electives (6 crs.)

The College of Arts and Humanities foreign language requirement and 45 upper level credit requirement are waived for students majoring in B.M. degree programs.