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

    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

    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

    Visit our UMA Audio Facebook page.

    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.