Contemporary & Popular Music at UMA

Are you an ambitious person who is looking to be challenged in a demanding yet open-minded environment? If so, the Contemporary and Popular Music program might be a great fit for you. You know that to be challenged you need to find a program that is based around coursework that is innovative, progressive, and offers many stylistic options. Not only will you find those things in the Contemporary and Popular Music program, you will also quickly come to enjoy the optimum student-to-faculty ratio, the state-of-the-art facilities, and highly personalized instruction. Pair those facts with extremely competitive tuition, and the flexibility to take most courses online or low-residency and you have years of amazing opportunities which are hard to pass up.

The Contemporary & Popular Music program at UMA is Northern New England’s preeminent modern music education resource.

Why?

  • Live, Online and Low-Residency
  • Renowned faculty
  • Optimum student to teacher ratio
  • Progressive program content
  • Multi-stylistic approaches
  • High personalized instruction
  • Technical facilities
  • Extremely competitive tuition
  • Supportive peers

For more information about UMA’s Contemporary and Popular Music program, please contact Department Coordinator Anita Jerosch: anitaann.jerosch@maine.edu

Degrees Available

Associate of Science in Musicavailable live and online

Bachelor of Musicavailable live and online (our flexible major.) You can focus on performance, audio, composition, sonic arts or a mixture of everything. UMA Music your way!

Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Educationincludes a minor in secondary education that meets Maine State Teacher Certification requirements – low residency

UMA’s Bachelor of Music program combines general education courses with music courses tailored to the area of music you wish to study.

This degree allows the student to find her/his own ideal balance of music performance, arranging, composition, essential production/audio recording skills and songwriting activities. Stylistically, options of genre as an additional focus of study include electronic dance music, works for symphony orchestra, or anything in between. Along the way, a strong foundation in theory, arranging, various DAWs, an instrument or voice, ensemble playing, and music history is developed.

Required/optional courses include:

  • Audio recording
  • Electronic music production techniques
  • Advanced composition
  • Improvisation
  • Transcription

This concentration is available low-residency.

Available ensembles at UMA could include:

  • Tour Band (highest level ensemble)
  • Progressive Rock
  • Contemporary Sounds
  • Sonic Explorations
  • Contemporary Wind Ensemble
  • Latin Ensemble
  • Envok
  • Chorus
  • Online Ensemble Seminar

The student interested in earning a music degree with a concentration in Music Education can expect to develop a strong foundation across a diverse range of subjects including music theory, arranging, an instrument or voice, ensemble playing, and the history of jazz and western music. Upon satisfactory completion of these topics, the program continues to include a study of composition, pedagogy, conducting and rehearsing, and the methods and techniques of strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and voice. This concentration is designed to prepare the student for the three required state exams:

  • PRAXIS I (General Exam)
  • PRAXIS II (Music Content)
  • PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching)

The Music Education concentration is available low-residency, and much of it is available online, but it is important to note that the student-teaching portion of the concentration can only be completed in the state of Maine.

Contemporary & Popular Music’s Audition Process

  1. Schedule an audition (or portfolio review, if applicable) for the live, online, or low-residency options by emailing the Department Coordinator, Anita Jerosch: anitaann.jerosch@maine.edu
    Auditions can either be in-person or by filming yourself, uploading the result to YouTube, and submitting the link.
  1. Get ready for your audition by preparing two pieces which demonstrate skill and musicality. When selecting the pieces, please be aware that:
  • The total length of the pieces should not exceed ten minutes
  • The difficulty level of the pieces is not important. It is more important to play the pieces well.
  • Performance/Education majors: can be performed on an instrument or voice
  • Sonic Arts majors: can be performed on an instrument or via audio files
  1. If you are a total beginner, don’t worry! Here’s how you can proceed:
  • The Associates of Science degree is open admission and requires no audition
  • The AS degree allows you to take music courses, non-major lessons, and general education courses until you are ready to take the Bachelor of Music audition
  • Most students only need a semester or two to be ready for the BM audition
  • For more information, email the Department Coordinator, Anita Jerosch: anitaann.jerosch@maine.edu

Learning Outcomes

  • be prepared for entry into appropriate post-baccalaureate degree programs in music
  • have learned to play their primary instrument well, to a high intermediate or advanced level in jazz and contemporary music styles and be familiar with the performance conventions of other appropriate styles
  • have knowledge of the components of “professionalism” within the field of music
  • be well educated in the areas of music theory, aural skills, music history and the business of music
  • have skills in the use of music technology
  • have learned to improvise on their primary instruments competently and appropriately in a range of jazz and contemporary styles and show evidence of an emerging personal style
  • be able to arrange, compose and orchestrate at least at an intermediate level
  • be well educated generally and have good written and spoken communication skills
  • have teaching skills appropriate for providing studio instruction
  • have gained a solid foundation in the theory and history of European classical music, jazz and contemporary music, and various world music styles

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 100 0 MUS 100 0
MUS 101 4 MUS 102 4
MUS 181 1 MUS 182 1
MUS 171 3 MUS 271 3
MUS 141 2 MUS 142 2
MUS 151 1 MUS 152 1
MUH 117 3 MUS 270 3
ENG 101 3 AUD 219/GEN EDXXX 3
17 17
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 100 0 MUS 100 0
MUS 203 4 MUS 204 4
AUD 319/MUS 306 3 MUS 300/MUS315 3
MUS 242 2 MUS 244 2
MUS 253 1 MUS 254 1
MUS 323 3 MUS 362/MUS 324 3
GEN ED XXX 3 GEN ED XXX 3
16 16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 355/463 1 MUS 356/ 1
MUS 345 2 MUS 346 2
MUH 333 3 MUH 334 3
MUS 221 3 MUS 222/GEN ED XXX 3
GEN ED XXX 3 GEN ED XXX 3
GEN EL XXX 3 GEN EL XXX 3
15 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 447 2 MUS 448 2
MUS 457/GEN ED XXX 3 MUS 458/GEN ED XXX 3
MUS 435W 3 MUS 324/GEN ED XXX 3
GEN ED XXX 3 GEN ED XXX 3
GEN ED XXX 3 GEN ED XXX 3
14 14
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 100 0 MUS 100 0
MUS 101 4 MUS 102 4
MUS 181 1 MUS 182 1
MUS 171 3 MUS 271 3
MUS 141 2 MUS 141 2
MUS 151 1 MUS 152 1
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
PSY 100 3 EDU 250 3
17 17
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 100 0 MUS 100 0
MUS 203 4 MUS 204 4
MUS 221 3 MUS 222 or AUD 219 3
MUS 243 2 MUS 244 2
MUS 253 1 MUS 254 1
MUS 323 3 MUS 362 Methods 3
GEN ED XXX 3 GEN ED XXX 3
16 16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MUS 463 Conducting 3 EDU 380 3
EDU 387/PSY 345 3 MUS 262/263/264/265/266 2
MUH 333 3 MUH 334 3
MUS 262/263/264/265/266 2 GEN ED XXX 3
GEN ED XXX 3 GEN ED XXX 3
GEN EL XXX 3
17 14
Fall Semester Spring Semester
EDU 210/366/300W/331/401 3 EDU 490 Internship 12
MUS 262/263/264/265/266 2
GEN ED XXX 3
GEN ED XXX 3
GEN ED XXX 3
14 12