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Music Education

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate degrees in music, music education and music performance prepare students for careers as performing arts educators and professional performers.

  • Our student ensembles have recently played in Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Avery Fischer Hall and Vienna, Austria
  • UMaine has 15 musical ensembles in which students can participate
  • On-campus performance venues include the 500-seat Hauck Auditorium and the 1,435-seat Collins Center for the Arts

The Music Division has an excellent program in music education with a strong placement record for students who complete the degree. Alumni work throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in particular, with other recent graduates pursuing work in southern New England, Arizona, Washington and Minnesota.

In our close-knit division, students get significant individual attention from faculty. The Music Division is part of the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts, which also includes theatre and dance. Performances and stage works are held in some of the finest facilities on any northern New England campus.

At UMaine, you will work with faculty who have dual roles. All of the faculty perform, but also have research interests beyond their instrument or voice. These research interests often involve presentations and lecture/ recitals around the globe. They publish in professional journals such as the Maine Music Educators Association Bulletin, and are invited to teach at prominent national and international festivals. In recent years, music faculty members have performed in Israel, Guatemala, Mexico, Austria and France as invited guests, and at venues in New York City, Boston and around northern New England.

The Music Division provides a wide range of activities for majors, students in other disciplines, members of the university community and the greater musical community of Maine.

Most of our students look for work in K–12 school systems as music educators, both in our region and across the nation, while remaining active as performers wherever they settle. In addition, students have pursued careers in performance, arts administration, software development and library science. Our alums often combine this work with graduate study in performance, composition or conducting. We have placed alums in major schools of music across the country.

Every year, our top ensembles tour regionally. Recent appearances include Symphony Hall, Boston; Avery Fischer Hall, New York City; Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine; and select venues throughout the Northeast. Students in the orchestra program have been involved in an exchange with students from Guatemala, and the University Singers tour Europe every four years. Students have conducted their own small ensembles, composed and arranged music for UMaine ensembles, pursued recording projects with other music students and with new media students and faculty, and performed in summer music and theatre festivals.

Philip Edelman

Director of the School of Performing Arts

Class of 1944 Hall, Room 208
 207.581.1257 | philip.edelman@maine.edu

Music Education

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Class of 1944 Hall, Room 208