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B.A. in Music Education (Choral)

Students in the Choral Music Education major receive a solid grounding in educational and pedagogical skills, and music theory and history, preparing them for vocation in teaching and/or further graduate studies in the area of music education.

Through field observations and hands-on teaching experiences, the students will receive clear guidance to develop their own teaching skills and philosophies. Students are encouraged to take the teacher certification exam during their course of studies at UMBC, though are not required to do so. The degree uniquely combines courses from both the music and the education departments to provide a comprehensive overview of theories and practices in both fields. Faculty specializations include studio teaching, aesthetic education and extensive outreach activities. Special opportunities exist in the form of internships and fellowships.


Sandra Adkins, M. A., K-12 Choral Methods
Janice Jackson, M.M., Vocal Methods
Dr. Stephen Caracciolo, D.M., Conducting
Brian Kaufman, M.M., Conducting
Airi Yoshioka, D.M.A., Arts in Education

Core Music B.A. Requirements

Music Theory
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony and Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 225 Theory III: Counterpoint [3]
MUSC 226 Theory IV: Expanded Harmony [3]
Musicianship Lab
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab [1]
MUSC 111 Musicianship Lab II [1]
MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
MUSC 211 Musicianship Lab IV [1]
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 211
Keyboard Skills
MUSC 178-A Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 178-B Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-A Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-B Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
Or demonstrated piano proficiency.
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 179-B.
MUSC 191/193
Three semesters of MUSC 191 – Recital Preparation [3]
MUSC 193 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Six semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [18]
Music History
MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
MUSC 300-310 Ensembles – Six semesters of ensemble participation [12]
Upper Division Classes
MUSC 480 Music, Art and Society [3]
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
One elective – upper level, in Music or VPA [3]Note: Performance majors are required to take as their upper-level elective core requirement either MUSC 362: Arts in Education or MUSC 400 Special Projects in Pedagogy.

Core Choral Music Education Requirements

In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the following core requirements.

Note: Students interested in completing certification requirements for music education also must apply for acceptance into the education department and complete coursework in education as required by the State of Maryland. Please contact the UMBC Department of Education for details and requirements.

Choral Education Major
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 174 Beginning Vocal Methods [1]
MUSC 175 Intermediate Vocal Methods [1]
MUSC 189 Guitar Class [1]
MUSC 224 Instrumentation [3]
MUSC 261 Teaching Choral Singing [3]
MUSC 360 Seminar in K-12 Choral Methods [3]
MUSC 385 Intermediate Conducting [3]