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BSO Academy – Music Educators Track


The BSO Academy Week Music Educator Track is an excellent professional development opportunity for music educators currently teaching in schools and/or non-traditional settings, teaching artists, and/or students pursuing a career in music education.

Designed to invigorate music educators by focusing on improving musicianship, performance techniques, conducting skills, improvisation, arranging, practice techniques, and ensemble skills, participants are immersed in the world of the orchestra as you play, learn, and perform side-by-side with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

UMBC Graduate Credit

Through a unique collaboration between The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and UMBC’s Department of Music, BSO Music Educator Track participants also have the option to concurrently enroll in a graduate summer music course.

MUSIC 613 – BSO Academy for Instrumental Music Educators (3 graduate credits)

Students study, rehearse, and perform orchestral music side-by-side with the Baltimore Symphony, participate in small group sectional rehearsals led by artist faculty, and complete workshops taught by BSO musicians and UMBC music faculty in a variety of applicable topics for instrumental music educators.

To enroll in MUSC 613, participants must first be accepted into the BSO Music Educators Academy and be eligible for non-degree graduate admission to the university.

UMBC Graduate Tuition and Fees

BSO Music Educators Academy participants who concurrently enroll in MUSC 613 will receive a 20% graduate tuition reduction (based on UMBC’s standard tuition rates) as well as a course fee waiver. UMBC tuition rates are in addition to the tuition charged for the BSO Music Educator Track program, and will be billed separately by UMBC.

Below are the estimated UMBC tuition costs (including the 20% tuition reduction) for BSO participants enrolled in a 3 credit graduate course.

  • Maryland Residents:    $1,446
  • Out-of-State Residents:  $2,394
  • Course Fees: Waived
  • UMBC Graduate School Application fee: $50 non-refundable

The university reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary by the university and the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. See for information on UMBC tuition rates.

UMBC Application/Registration

Participants accepted in the BSO Music Educator Track program who intend to apply for UMBC graduate credit will be contacted by a UMBC representative with admission and registration information.

Participants who seek graduate credit at UMBC must meet all non-degree admission requirements according to UMBC policies. Please be prepared to submit a transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable) that indicates your undergraduate degree received and final GPA.

  • Applicants for non-degree graduate admission to UMBC must:
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall “B” (3.0) average; or
  • Hold a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have at least four years of successful post-baccalaureate work or professional experience.

UMBC reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant.

Graduate credit is only available for students who are registered in the BSO Music Educators Academy. UMBC undergraduate students may, with permission, audit the course (attend all rehearsals and performances), paying UMBC tuition and fees.


For more information about earning graduate credit at UMBC, please contact:

Mr. Tim Lynch
Assistant Director