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Majoring in Music Education at the University of Maryland

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As a music education major pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Maryland, you will participate in a vast array of coursework and experiences designed to prepare you to be the best musician and music teacher you can be. In addition to the range of music courses, ensembles, and applied private lessons required of all undergraduate music majors at Maryland, you will work with music education faculty members ever semester. As you become a stronger musician, you will also develop into a stronger teacher through teaching K-12 aged students on campus and in the field throughout your degree program. At the University of Maryland, we strongly believe that you learn to teach best by teaching.
Our undergraduate music education program is fun, rigorous, and will prepare you to enter the teaching profession with a diverse arsenal of knowledge and skills. Our graduates are highly sought-after in the job market; in fact, we have 100% job placement rate!
Music education majors at UMD are provided the same high quality academic and performance experiences afforded to all music majors. This includes hour-long lessons with a full-time member of our performance faculty on your instrument or voice, eligibility for our top performing ensembles, and a performance of a full-length solo senior recital.
For more information, contact Dr. Michael Hewitt or Dr. Stephanie Prichard about the Instrumental Music Education program or Dr. Kenneth Elpus about the Choral/General music education program.


Bachelor of Music in Performance/Bachelor of Music Education Dual Degree

If you are interested in receiving both Music Education and Music Performance undergraduate degrees, your time on campus will be extended by just one semester (4 ½ years) through our double degree program. Many of our current students pursue both the Bachelor of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees simultaneously. The dual degree may be the best fit for a student seeking to gain the most performance experience during their time at the University of Maryland. Dual degree majors complete 8 semesters of coursework, applied private lessons, and ensembles, and a final 9th semester dedicated to a full-time student teaching internship.

Extracurricular Opportunities

National Association for Music Education Collegiate Chapter
NAfME Collegiate Chapter #225 at the UMD School of Music provides members with opportunities to participate actively in multiple facets of the music education profession including teaching, networking, professional development, and community outreach. NAfME Collegiate Chapter #225 has consistently earned the designation of “Chapter of Excellence” Award from the national NAfME office for growth in membership, creativity, and impact in community service projects.
Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band
Music education majors at the University of Maryland are eligible to play in the university marching band: The Mighty Sound of Maryland. In addition to many music majors, the MSOM’s 250+ members represent every academic college and department on campus and form a huge core of the University's Terp Pride.
Collegiate A Cappella
The University of Maryland has a vibrant a cappella community here on campus. Music education students have become members and leaders of some of the best groups on campus, including Faux Paz and DaCadence, among others.