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Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses


Since it’s construction in 1990, UMA Audio has been the primary audio recording facility of UMA.  The studio was designed by Rob Rosati of Boston to suit the specific needs of audio education and music recording. The design consists of a standard layout of Control Room, Studio Room and Isolation booths. UMA Audio serves as an excellent laboratory for student creativity in the Performance, Composition, Education, Business and Audio Technology concentrations.

The studio's primary digital platform is Pro Tools, a digital audio system used throughout the country as the work horse in tracking, mixing, editing and mastering.

Current audio equipment includes the following:Steve Drown teaching Audio 319. 

  • Avid C-24 Digital Console
  • Pro Tools Audio System
  • Microphones by Shure, AKG, Sennheiser, Electro-Voice, Crown and Rode. 
  • Outboard gear by Drawmer, dBX, Rane, Lexicon and Tascam.
  • Recording systems by Tascam, Otari and Pro Tools.
  • Keyboard instruments by Fender-Rhodes and Yamaha.
  • Synthesizers by Korg and Alesis.
  • Guitar Amps by Fender and Acoustic.
  • Drums by Ludwig, Rogers, Sonar

 

UMA Audio Gallery

 

Although the audio technology courses are the core of the Bachelor of Music audio concentration, they are available as a non-degree educational series. The principle audio-related courses are listed below:

  • AUD 219 Audio Recording - foundations in all areas of audio technology, including  digital audio, consoles, microphones, dynamics processors, fx processors, mixing, mastering, session organisation & management, musical concepts in audio and field recording.    
  • ADU 319 Advanced Audio Technology - advanced level audio concepts and techniques.
  • AUD 220  Audio Production - the producer and the production.
  • AUD 294, 394, 494 Independent Study - individual audio projects and professional internships.
  • MUS 271 Sonic Arts I - Introduction to creative use of digital work stations and software.
  • MUS 300  Sonic Arts III - Applied music synthesis; advanced concepts and applications.
  • MUS 132 & 471 Music Business - The business of music and audio.

 

Visits and Show & Tell demonstrations are available to individuals and school groups. Contact Bill Moseley, (207) 621-3267, or  wmoseley@maine.edu

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If you feel that the UMA Jazz and Contemporary Music Program may be right for you, and you desire more detailed information, simply contact our staff by phone or email and submit your requests. Or even better, why not just make an appointment to visit, talk to some instructors, sit in on a class or two, check out the recording facility, and experience UMA first-hand. The door is always open.

In the meantime, click on the links below to download the latest comprehensive brochure, view the current degree program check-sheets and other relevant information.

And, if you're looking at joining our Bachelor of Music program, our audition requirements are below.

UMA Music ... an internationally acclaimed program serving Maine's finest musicians since 1973.

Explore your musical passion and realize your creative potential at UMA.

UMA Audition Requirements

For all Bachelor of Music applications, we require you to complete a live audition and interview.  We recognize that each one of our students is a unique individual and we want you to show your strengths when you audition with us.  While there is a general format for the audition, we use this opportunity to assess your potential to succeed in our program, rather than just to check a list of requirements.  UMA considers all applicants for both admission and scholarships during the audition process.

Generally, we anticipate an audition to consist of two contrasting songs, whether you play, sing or compose. We also typically hear some technical material, such as scales and offer auditioning students the opportunity to sight read.  You may elect to improvise on one or both of the pieces, but that's not mandatory.

Theory Placement Testing

We want to place you in the music theory class that’s going to be best for you.  For all students, regardless of whether they’re applying for our Bachelor of Music program, or our Associates’ Diploma, will need to take a Theory Placement Test.  When you’re on campus for an audition, or during the week before classes, we’ll have you take a brief theory placement test.  This test will consist of fundamentals such as key signatures, intervals and chords.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the Program Coordinator, Professor Anita Jerosch: anitaann.jerosch@maine.edu

UMA insures a well-rounded and relevant education by providing a diverse array of concentrations reflecting performance, composition, recording technology or pedagogy. Designed to address your future career vision, there's a concentration interest for any student wanting to study at UMA.

Performance

Guitar, bass, keyboard, brass, woodwind, voice, percussion... or perhaps your instrument is violin or French horn. You came to play, and UMA provides! You will receive hours of hands-on performance opportunities every week. Lessons, ensembles, recitals, clinics and the acclaimed Jazz Week Concert Series at the end of each semester all contribute to the real-world experience you desire. And no matter what your stylistic direction or preferred instrument may be, you definitely have a home at UMA. Our broad performance diversity explores jazz, Latin, blues, modern rock, funk, fusion and popular music while embracing the important foundational idioms of Western classical styles. UMA's Performance Concentration is the curriculum to master real-world contemporary music performance.

Education

UMA has a long tradition of turning out competent, dedicated teachers who go on to secure Maine State Certification and enjoy long and fruitful careers within elementary, high school and private institution environments. And with UMA's new Education courses (including student teaching) you can create a pathway to Certification, all at UMA.  Once our students have graduated with a B.Mus with a Music Education concentration, they are finding teaching positions in institutions that are regional, but are sometimes far beyond the Maine borders. Some UMA students continue on to advanced degrees, with an eye towards becoming a music professor in a college or university setting. No matter which level of professional teaching you may want to pursue, UMA's Education Concentration provides a strong foundation with which to achieve your goals.

Recording

Your private studio creating personal projects. A local production facility generating band projects, TV and radio spots, and small film scores. The big scene in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, where history-making music is recorded. Regardless of your aspirations being small town or big city oriented, to be a successful engineer, you need to build on the basics, and concisely develop your tracking, mixing, processing, mastering, production and editing skills. There is no better resource in northern New England for refining these skills than the Audio Technology Concentration at UMA. Big rooms, lots of mics, great outboard gear, Tascam™ and ProTools™ makes it all happen. Not to mention a horde of musicians on-site, ready to supply your projects with capable session players. Formalize your passion for recording at UMA!

Sonic Arts and Composition

We are surrounded by music every moment of the day... song-writing, radio, TV, film, stage, internet, video gaming. Even something as mundane as a car alarm or dashboard warning sound requires some form of creative musical interaction. With a degree from UMA, based in our Composition Concentration, you become the creative force behind any of these products or venues. An expert multi-stylistic faculty well seasoned in diverse compositional techniques guides your way. Current MIDI technology, readily available musicians and performance opportunities in which to hear your work performed all combine to provide you with a very special environment for exploring and refining the fine art of composition. Perhaps the next blockbuster movie will have your name in the credit roll as music composer!

The array of music-related careers is considerable, especially when ancillary opportunities such as music therapy or music brand development are included. Perhaps your desire is to perform regionally or nationally, become a studio session player, or compose popular tunes or symphonic works. Or maybe teaching music courses in elementary, high school or college level institutions is your direction. And of course, there is the exciting world of music technology, with creative opportunities in recording, mastering, live sound, MIDI, broadcast media or soundtrack production. And for those with business interests, then band and concert tour management, music and copyright law, promotion and marketing or even music instrument retail may be your career focus. Whatever your direction, UMA's music program has you covered with a thorough and professional preparation for your future. Whether your choice is to live in Maine or venture out to major music centers across the U.S., your UMA degree will give you the credibility for opening the best doors and instilling the confidence to succeed.

Students - still not sure what a degree in music prepares you for? Parents - wondering how a music degree translates to employment stability? For a comprehensive listing of music careers, categorized by industry, download here.

Passionate about music? Serious about your future? Then consider our Jazz and Contemporary Music Program as your direct pathway to a successful career in the exciting world of professional music.

Degrees Offered: B.M. and A.S.
Offered on the Augusta Campus