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Bachelor of Arts in Music. Studies include performance, music history. Bachelor of Music. Studies include performance (classical, jazz, opera), choral and instrumental conducting, composition, music education.
Master of Arts in Arts Management. Master of Music. In performance, conducting, composition, jazz studies, music education. Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Arts.
Founded in 1957, the university was granted its current name and status in 1972. The School of Music forms part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and is an All-Steinway school. The College also offers programs in art, dance and theatre. It is located in the Donald & Nancy de Laski Performing Arts Building. There is a Center for Arts and Wellness catering for health education of performing and visual arts students. The University's Potomac Arts Academy offers programs in music, theatre, art and computer gaming classes for young people and interested members of the local community, as well as summer programs in Orff Schulwerk and Kodály method. Member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
GUAM and PUERTO RICO are both territories of the United States of America, but each has a separate entry in the Directory. MUSIC FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN. Music making in the local community is actively pursued throughout the United States of America and opportunities abound for people of all ages to receive instruction in performance and other music-related activities. Private tuition is widely available, and music is a regular subject of both the primary and secondary school curriculum, in the latter, usually in the form of performance groups - choirs, orchestras, chamber music groups, bands, jazz bands, marching bands, ethnic ensembles and the like. General music classes are the norm in elementary and junior high (or middle) schools, involving such areas as singing, movement, music reading and rhythm experiences, with the aim of developing music concepts. Experience with choirs, bands and small orchestras also begins at this level. There is an ever-increasing inclusion of non-Western musics into the curriculum. UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS IN MUSIC. Universities in the United States of America are either private or state-supported. In many States state-supported universities are formed into systems with campuses in various cities within the State. Undergraduate courses in music at universities are normally of four years' duration. They are typically in one of the following categories: • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music. This is the liberal arts program in which up to two-thirds of the program may consist of music subjects, giving a major in music, or a lesser percentage of music subjects, giving a music minor. Within this program there is usually also a general studies requirement. • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music. A similar proportion of music study is required for the music major as for the BA, with the remainder of the program being taken up with science-oriented subjects. • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Either program may lead to certification for teaching music in schools. The degrees differ according to (i) whether they are offered by a department of arts or of science, and/or (ii) the types of non-music courses offered in conjunction with the music education courses. • Bachelor of Music Education (BME). This is the other program for those wishing to gain certification for teaching music in schools. • Bachelor of Music (BM). Students take professional music studies in various areas, together with general education subject requirements. A range of ensemble groups is available for student participation on most university campuses, such participation being a requirement for most degree programs. Master's and doctoral degree programs are frequently by course work with written dissertation. They normally require proficiency in at least one foreign language. COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND JUNIOR COLLEGES. Alongside the university system is a system of two-year colleges (known as community colleges or junior colleges) providing courses, many of which include music study, leading typically to the qualification of Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS). Completion of the AA or AS allows students access to the third year of a Bachelor's degree in many universities and colleges. Due to the large number of universities listed in the USA, two-year colleges have been omitted from the directory. UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION. The National Association of Schools of Music. (NASM) has been designated by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation as the agency responsible for the accreditation of music curricula in higher education in the United States. Membership in the National Association signifies accreditation by that body. Such membership is entirely on a voluntary basis, with the services of the Association being available to all types of degree-granting institutions in higher education and to non-degree-granting institutions offering pre-professional programs or general music training programs. Institutions choose to apply for such accreditation; some choose not to apply. Its address is: National Office, National Association of Schools of Music. 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 22090 USA The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Institutional accreditation is undertaken by such regional bodies as: • Western Association of Schools and Colleges • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools • North-West Association of Schools and Colleges • North-Central Association of Colleges and Schools • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools • New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The National Association of Music Therapy approves music therapy programs in higher education for the purpose of professional registration. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC ASSOCIATIONS. • THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION (NAfME). Until 2011 this institution was known as the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). It is an association of individual music teachers of various types and at various levels throughout the USA. It issues regular publications of The Music Journal for teachers and The Journal of Research in Music Education, provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators and hosts professional development events. 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091-4348 USA. Website: musiced.nafme.org/ • THE COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY (CMS) is a consortium of college, conservatory and university faculty which gathers, considers and disseminates ideas on the philosophy and practice of music in higher education. The Society has a Committee on Cultural Diversity and a Committee on the Status of Women in music education. It publishes a regular newsletter, the interdisciplinary journal College Music Symposium, the annual Directory of Music Faculties in Colleges and Universities, U.S. and Canada, as well as other reports, articles, books and recordings, a mailing label service and a monthly music faculty vacancy list for USA and Canadian colleges and universities. 312 East Pine Street, Missoula, Montana 59802 USA. Tel +1 406 721 9616 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ Website: www.music.org/ • THE MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (MTNA) is an association of teachers of performance who teach music to students of any age level in private or group settings, some in private practice and others working in schools, colleges or universities. It aims to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. It holds an annual conference, and organises a Professional Certification program that validates an individual’s qualifications for a specific field of professional practice and awards the Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) designation. The Association supports a range of affiliated organisations, including The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Piano Foundation, the NFAA Arts (Arts Recognition and Talent Search) program of National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Percussive Arts Society, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the Piano Technicians Guild and the Retail Print Music Dealers Association. 1 West Street, Suite 1550 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3004 USA. Tel l+1 421 1420 Email: email@example.com Website: www.mtna.org/ • THE AMERICAN MUSIC CENTRE. The Center was established in 1939 to support the creation and presentation of new American music. The Online Library was created by the American Music Center and continues today under the guidance of New Music USA. It is a vast on-line library and resource centre that provides access to information about American new music repertoire as well as scores. There are over 57,000 works by more than 6,000 composers, including over 14,000 items of recordings and scores, all held as part of a special collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The Center runs an internet radio station (Counterstream Radio) devoted to a wide range of contemporary music from the USA and organises a professional development program to deliver business skills to composers and other new music professionals. Suite 312, 90 John Street, New York, NY 10038, USA. Tel +1 212 645 6949 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ Website: www.library.newmusicusa.org/ New Music USA is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.