Jazz & Popular Music Program Description
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Jazz and Popular Music will be unique on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Few institutions in the State of Maryland offer any music programs in the contemporary areas of jazz and popular music. Given the popularity of these genres of music, this is an underserved area of study. The program will be offered within the Department of Fine Arts, which currently offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education as its only music degree. 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. This program will bring many cultural opportunities to the Eastern Shore as well as enhance the mission of HBIs through the perpetuity of jazz, which has strong ties to African-American heritage.