Something worth getting jazzed up about

  • Friday, June 21, 2013

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (June 21, 2013) - The campus that nurtured professional jazz trumpeter Duane Eubanks and the late rock 'n' roll saxophonist Clarence Clemons will soon be awarding a bachelor's degree in jazz and popular music.

    UMES student Lloyd Griffith - April 2013

    UMES student Lloyd Griffith performed during a 2013 recital

    The University System of Maryland's governing board has OK'd a proposal by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to add the new area of performing art study to its list of undergraduate degrees.x

    Provost Ron Nykiel said current and future UMES students can expect to see changes in the course catalog outlining pre-requisites for the degree beginning with the spring 2014 semester.

    The university's Department of Fine Arts currently offers only a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. "A non-teaching degree program in the field of music will enhance and complement the existing teaching program by expanding the student body within a diverse field," UMES' proposal said

    "Public performance, studio recording, film score performance and composing, digital music programming, commercials and advertising, video gaming, music ministry and club performances are (among the) opportunities … available in the market today."  

    UMES presentation also noted "most of the music in the commercial sector is rooted in the jazz and popular music genre. The pursuit of a degree in jazz and popular music would give students the skills to quickly apply their knowledge in one of these arenas."

    The regents also gave UMES the OK to expand its undergraduate business degree offerings to include marketing and finance. UMES business students already had access to a sequence of classes in those subject areas, Nykiel said, so the regents' action enables the university to make a few modifications to the course catalog in order to award degrees designating those two subjects as areas of concentration.

    Adding two business degrees as study options, the university said, would be "consistent with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation," which UMES earned in April 2011.

    BILL ROBINSON , director, UMES public relations, (410) 621-2355.