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For Prospective Students



Why Should You Choose the University of Maryland School of Music?


1. A real-world education for life beyond the practice room

As part of the College of Arts and Humanities, we offer undergraduate and graduate musicians conservatory training, while emphasizing the importance of the combined scholar, performer, educator and arts advocate in the 21st century. Our graduates enter the professional world with command of their art form, prepared to build a career in the arts and eager to nurture creative expression for the future.

2. Our renowned faculty

Internationally recognized artists, scholars and over a dozen members of the National Symphony Orchestra comprise our faculty. Through our partnership with The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Artist Partner Programs, students work with renowned artists such as The Berlin Woodwind Quintet, Eighth Blackbird, Mark Padmore, Jonathan Biss and The Westerlies. 

3. A curriculum based on collaboration

Chamber music is the cornerstone of the UMD School of Music’s ensemble curriculum. The leadership and communication skills essential to chamber music performance, when applied to large ensemble playing, empower the musician and lead to the best performances. School of Music students graduate as well-rounded and confident performers, equally adept in solo, chamber and large ensemble settings.

Our faculty represent some of the best names in chamber music, including members of The Left Bank Quartet, Los Angeles Piano Quintet and Empire Brass.

4. A culturally vibrant location

Only nine miles from Washington, D.C., and 30 miles from downtown Baltimore, Maryland, our location adds significant value to the UMD experience. Our students enrich this culturally diverse region as teachers and performers through the School of Music's community engagement programs.

While completing their degree, many undergraduates and graduates start their professional careers freelancing with local orchestras, teaching privately and interning with major arts and humanities organizations such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Library of Congress. 

Interested in applying?

View our audition and program requirements for undergraduates and graduates and apply here.