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B.A. in Music Education (Instrumental)


Rooted in the belief that we learn the most through hands-on experience, UMBC instrumental music education majors gain six semesters of classroom teaching, including a weekly service-learning internship during their 1st and 2nd years in the program. UMBC music educators work with students at local schools, which includes time in the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program. The real-world work experience allows UMBC students to positively contribute to the community while taking on opportunities such as side-by-side rehearsal with Baltimore Symphony members and clinics with major guest artists like Tony award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. In their final year, aspiring music educators are placed in an area school; the year begins with observation and gradually expands to a full-time teaching internship.

In addition to our exceptional faculty who are all practicing teachers and active performers, students are exposed throughout the degree program to many top thinkers in the fields of music and education; recent guest speakers include leaders from major institutions including the U.S. Department of Education, International Society for Music Education, Carnegie Hall, NPR’s from the Top, and Americans for the Arts. Program graduates are currently employed as teachers in counties across the state of Maryland and beyond including recent graduates in California and South Korea.


Nancy Beith, M.M., Class Piano
Wayne Cameron, M.M. Brass Methods
Tom Goldstein, M.M., Percussion Methods
Brian Kaufman, M.M., Conducting, K-12 Instrumental Methods
Daniel Puckett, M.M., Woodwind Methods

Nana Vaughn, M.A.T., String Methods
Airi Yoshioka, D.M.A., Arts in Education
Jonathan Zwi, M.M., Guitar

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 385 Intermediate Conducting [3]
MUSC 300-310 Ensembles – Six semesters of ensemble participation [12]
Upper Division Classes
MUSC 362 Arts in Education [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 Instrumental Music Education Requirements

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

Note: In the junior year, students apply for acceptance into the education department and complete coursework in education as required by the State of Maryland for K-12 certification. Education department course details can be found at:

Instrumental Education Major
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 182 Beginning Strings[1]
MUSC 184 Beginning Woodwinds [1]
MUSC 186 Beginning Brass [1]
MUSC 183 Intermediate Strings[1]
MUSC 185 Intermediate Woodwinds [1]
MUSC 187 Intermediate Brass [1]
MUSC 188 Percussion Class [1]
MUSC 189 Guitar Class [1]
MUSC 224 Instrumentation [3]
MUSC 361 Seminar in K-12 Instrumental Methods [3]