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

UMA Music Announces First "Online Artist in Residence"

PolishookThe Jazz And Contemporary Music at the University of Maine at Augusta is proud to announce that Dr. Mark Polishook, a former full-time UMA faculty member with international accomplishments as a jazz pianist, composer, music technologist, and music educator, has been named UMA’s first Online Artist in Residence.

The Online Artist-in-Residence program brings together two different aspects of UMA' s unique history: it was one of the first universities in the US with a music program focused on jazz and related contemporary musics, and it has long been a leader and an innovator in the overall field of distance education.

Individuals with Artist-in-Residence status will work within the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program to develop and deliver programs that innovatively meet the needs of music students and professionals in Maine and around the globe. For example, Dr. Polishook through the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program will offer:

  • degree and non-degree students the opportunity to earn university credits in piano, improvisation, and music technology through individual instruction on Skype.
  • group lessons and workshop and consultation services over Skype for music educators who wish to broaden and extend their approach to teaching jazz and improvisation.
  • music educators the opportunity to earn re-certification credits through instruction over Skype in piano, improvisation (for all instruments), or music technology.

    For more information about Online Artist-in-Residence possibilities through the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program contact Dr. Mark Polishook at mark.polishook@uma.edu or Professor Anita Jerosch atmailto:anitaann.jerosch@maine.edu.

    For more information about Dr. Polishook and his international teaching practice visit his website at http://www.polishookpiano.com.

    Concert series, “UMA Jazz … and More” offers four nights of free concerts.

    The University of Maine at Augusta Music Program is presenting the “UMA Jazz… and More” concert series April 22nd–25nd in Jewett Hall Auditorium starting at 7:00pm each night.

    The four nights of concerts are the semester culmination of the UMA Music Program, which specializes in Contemporary Music styles of the U.S.

    The focus of the program includes blues, jazz, rock & roll, folk, Latin American, fusion, hip hop and blues-derived forms of music with a breadth of diverse vocal stylings, and creative contemporary music styles.

    The UMA Music Program was established in 1973.   Music degrees include a two-year Associate of Science and a four-year Bachelor of Music.

    Attendance is free of charge and will also be streamed live via the Internet.

    Concert Schedule

    Tuesday, April 22 
    UMA Little Big Band - Anita-Ann Jerosch, Director
    Puma - Bill Moseley, Director
    Tuesday Webcast: webcast.uma.edu/livejazz01

    Wednesday, April 23 
    Envok - Marcia Gallagher, Director
    The Modular Band - Tim Johnson, Director
    Wednesday Webcast: webcast.uma.edu/livejazz02

    Thursday, April 24  
    Contemporary Sounds - Sean Morin, Director
    UMA Jazz on Tour  - Steve Grover, Director
    Thursday Webcast: webcast.uma.edu/livejazz03

    Friday, April 25
    Senior Concert - Peter Herman
    Sonic Explorations - Richard Nelson, Director
    Friday Webcast: webcast.uma.edu/livejazz04

    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.

    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

    Music: Concentrations and Areas of Study

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


    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.

    Performance Checksheet

    Music Education

    UMA has a long tradition of turning out competent, dedicated teachers who secure Maine State Certification and enjoy long and fruitful careers within elementary, high school and private institution environments.   Our Music Education concentration, much of which is available in an online format, provides both the skills and the qualifications you need to become a full-time music teacher.  UMA's Music Concentration students have the advantage of being particularly skilled in the in-demand areas of jazz, popular music, and music technology, as well as being thoroughly trained in the expected traditional music areas.

    Music Education Checksheet

    Audio 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!

    Audio Recording Checksheet

    Sonic Arts and Composition

    Songwriting, jazz composition, contemporary classical composition, electronica and computer-based creations--our Sonic Arts and Composition Concentration opens the door for you to realize your creative visions and potential.  We recognize that composition, sound creation, and technology are wholly intertwined, and our curriculum and facilities equip you with both the compositional and technical skills you'll need to make your mark in today's multi-faceted music scene and marketplace.  Our versatile faculty provides broad-based composition studies encompassing and integrating jazz, popular and modern classical styles, and our students have access to both our primary Recording Studio and our fully-equipped Sonic Arts project studio.

    Sonic Arts & Composition Checksheet