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Partnership with University of Maryland School of Music Enhances Access to the Arts

March 1st, 2021

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has partnered with the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music to enhance student participation, achievement and retention in countywide music programs with the support of UMD School of Music students and faculty.

Under the terms of the agreement, the UMD School of Music will collaborate with HCPSS music staff to provide outreach opportunities to HCPSS schools including offering mini-residencies, coaching students for auditions, judging student adjudications and providing side-by-side performance opportunities with School of Music faculty or students. A new pilot program will support HCPSS elementary instrumental music teachers in Title I schools by offering small group instructional band and orchestra support, providing feedback for student performances and working with students to support differentiated needs.

The formal partnership agreement was signed by HCPSS Superintendent Michael J. Martirano, Music Coordinator Terry Eberhardt and University of Maryland School of Music Assistant Professor of Music Education Stephanie Prichard.

The University of Maryland School of Music is dedicated to artistic and scholarly excellence, diversity in curriculum and programming, robust engagement with the world around us and the creation of an inclusive community.

The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office has united schools with more than 1,000 businesses and community organizations to enhance the educational experience of Howard County students. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.