University of Maryland School of Music

Only nine miles from the center of Washington, D.C., and 30 miles from downtown Baltimore, the University of Maryland School of Music is innovative, inclusive and community-focused. We offer a professional music education with all of the opportunities provided by a major research institution.

While completing their degree, many students start their professional careers:

• Freelancing with local orchestras

• Teaching privately

• Interning with major arts and humanities organizations such as the Kennedy Center, the 
Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Library of Congress

• Performing in Young Artist Programs

Do you desire a program that is highly focused on performance? Would you prefer the flexibility of music study at a high level combined with the freedom to double major? We offer degree options at the undergraduate and graduate level that allow students to pursue music as artists, scholars and educators. In fact, approximately 40% of our undergraduates double major.

Our exceptionally-maintained music building, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, brings together the Music, Theatre, and Dance departments, a professional presenting organization, and a vast performing arts library to form one of the largest and most advanced university arts centers in the country.

Through our partnership with The Clarice, our students regularly work with visiting artists and scholars such as:

• Yo-Yo Ma
• Dawn Upshaw
• Gilbert Kalish
• Dakha Brakha
• Ravi Coltrane
• Richard Good
• yMusic
• St. Lawrence String Quartet
• JACK Quartet


• All-Steinway School featuring 103 Steinway pianos in our music building

• 350+ School of Music performances each year

• 5:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

• 6 state-of-the-art performance venues housed in our music building

• 156,000 musical scores in our Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

• 100% job placement rate in the field for graduates of our music education program

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