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Music Schools & Colleges in Maine
Music is a significant part of campus life at Bates. Every year hundreds of students take music courses, study vocal and instrumental performance privately for academic credit, and participate in our choirs, orchestra, jazz band, jazz combos, chamber ensembles, steel pan orchestra, and Indonesian gamelan. On balance, musical life at Bates is richer than at almost any other liberal arts college in the East.
The Bowdoin College Music Department offers a wide variety of musical opportunities. Students can major and minor, take lessons, sing in Chorus or Chamber Choir, play in Concert Band, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz ensembles, the Middle Eastern Ensemble, or the Afro-Latin Music Ensemble. Students can choose to get credit for almost all lessons and ensembles. Department ensembles all perform at least once a semester, and the Chorus and Chamber Choir each tour about every other year.
Step into the Bixler Art and Music Center and you’ll know that you’ve entered a unique place. You’re likely to hear Bach, Bruch or the beat of Colby’s African Drumming Ensemble coming from practice rooms, experience the arresting colors of student computer compositions, find the chorale polishing its program for an upcoming tour abroad or hear an a cappella group practicing a Lady Gaga song. Peek into faculty offices and you’ll see students at work with professors—tossing back and forth ideas for a senior thesis on Chopin, tackling a particularly tough choral harmonization, or preparing a concerto for an upcoming performance with the orchestra. At Colby, you’ll take challenging courses that teach you to see music as a rigorous academic discipline and an object of aesthetic delight. You will not only learn to think about music—and the world—in new ways, you will also build the sorts of abstract reasoning, writing, and oral skills that have allowed our graduates go on to careers in performance, arts management, journalism, teaching, library science, law, medicine, and a variety of other professions. If you are looking for passionate engagement with music as part of your college experience, we invite you to explore Colby’s music department.
As you browse through our website, you will notice just how active our students and faculty members are in the performing arts. We are very proud of the education UMaine students receive, the wonderful plays, musicals, concerts and recitals given each year and the reputation and activities of the faculty. We believe strongly in our outreach programs and the many activities at the state, national and international levels of our students and faculty. Our program prepares students for careers as performing arts educators or professional performers.
Enjoying a reputation as northern New England’s preeminent modern music education resource, UMA’s music program offers concentrations in Performance, Sonic Arts and Composition, Music Education and Audio Technology. Our renowned faculty, progressive program content, multi-stylistic approaches, highly personalized instruction, technical facilities and extremely competitive tuition have made UMA the prime choice for dedicated, motivated music students with a contemporary focus. Jazz and popular music are in the foreground in a forward-thinking program that prizes individual creativity and contemporary musical thinking.
The Music/Arts major at Farmington is not your traditional music program. Here, students study a diversity of music – from composers and artists such as Miles Davis, J.S. Bach, and Philip Glass to bands like Radiohead, The Mars Volta, and Tool. Students explore this range of music through for areas of study: contemporary performance, music and ideas, composition, or interdisciplinary studies.
The USM School of Music, located near the coastal and mountain regions of Maine in the heart of Maine’s population center, is a vibrant hub of artistic and educational activity. As the only School of Music in a public university in New England, we have linked the best aspects of a comprehensive school with a personalized and opportunity-based approach to educating 21st-century musicians. Students benefit from having the vibrant greater Portland arts scene at our doorstep.