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Thank you for choosing The Music Institute at Howard Community College as the place to begin or continue your musical studies. Whether you are enrolling in one of our classes and ensembles or pursuing private lessons, you will find our award winning faculty and beautiful facilities to be a warm, nurturing environment in which to attain your musical goals. Your TMI Staff and Faculty are happy to be able to provide the best musical education experience in Howard County!

This summer, as in summers past, the Little Patuxent Opera Institute and Gemini Piano Trio Chamber Music Workshop ran with much acclaim. During the final weekend of July, the Little Patuxent Opera Institute presented seventeen apprentice and studio artists in three performances of Snowflakes and Soap Suds; an evening of opera scenes and two one act American operas: Ned Rorem’s A Childhood Miracle and Douglas Moore’s Gallantry. The production was successfully run in the Horowitz Center's Studio Theatre to its largest audience to date. The Gemini Piano Trio Chamber Music Workshop gave fourteen musicians the opportunity to study with members of the GPT on a varied repertoire, exploring multiple facets of chamber music performance practice and style. The musicians’ collaborations were presented in a warmly received recital on August 3rd in the Horowitz Center's beautiful Monteabaro Recital Hall.

Because TMI remains committed to offering a range of programs to you and your family we are conducting a self-study to help focus on those programs that our members find most relevant. In the coming months, several informal forums are being hosted to discuss a series of questions with an opportunity to inform us of any areas that you would like to see expanded and any concerns that you may have regarding the Institute’s policies and course offerings. The forum dates are listed below and we hope that you will join us and help us further improve The Music Institute.

Self-Study Forum Dates:
Wednesday, September 25 at 5 and 6 pm
Saturday, September 28 at 10 and 11 am
Monday, September 30 at 5 and 6 pm
Thursday, October 3 at 5 and 6 pm

During the past academic year, TMI’s enrollment has grown, especially in the areas of classes and ensembles. We remain committed to ongoing growth while providing our students and families a warm, nurturing learning experience. Many of our TMI students have remained with us for a period of years and have been accepted into major music schools, including Elon University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Many of our younger students have participated in Maryland All-State Ensembles and area Youth Orchestras. These students make us so proud and reinvigorate us to help all of our TMI students learn and excel in their musical pursuits. We thank you for your continued trust and support of The Music Institute and wish you an exciting and vigorous 2013-14 year!

HCC Music Department and The Music Institute

The Howard Community College Music Department and its non-credit counterpart, The Music Institute, are committed to their roles as leaders in the cultural life of this community and providers of lifelong learning experiences. Together they offer private music lessons in all orchestral instruments, classical and jazz piano, voice, jazz, acoustic and classical guitar, Celtic harp, bagpipes, and ukulele. As a comprehensive music school, we provide classes for adults and children in beginning piano and violin, Suzuki violin, the Colourstrings™ violin program for beginning violin students, and Music Therapy for individuals with special needs. We also offer a number of performance ensembles such as Jazz Ensemble, Gumbo Ensemble, HCC Singers, Senior Choir, Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and various small chamber ensembles. Our mission is to enrich the greater community through our special class offerings, Master Classes, and Faculty Concerts with a diverse faculty who are known both as excellent pedagogues and performers. We invite you to pursue ―Music for Your Lifetime‖ here at The Music Institute at HCC.

Why Study at the Music Institute?

  • We offer a faculty of more than 40 musician-educators who are graduates of some of the finest music institutions in the world.
  • State of the art facilities in the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.
  • Our faculty performs and offers instruction in a variety of musical styles and genres at all ability levels from beginner to advanced.
  • We work with our students and their families to identify the best teacher for each student’s learning style.
  • We are large enough to offer a wide variety of programs, yet small enough the meet the individual needs and goals of each student.
  • Family members of all ages can study in one convenient location.
  • Our students perform in many recitals and other performances throughout the year.
  • Through our recital program, students, families, and guests have the opportunity to hear performances of an array of musical styles and instruments.
  • Visiting musicians work with and critique individual student performances in the Candlelight Concert Series Master Class program.
  • The Music Institute offers monthly payment options at no additional cost.
  • We offer students the opportunity and enjoyment of performing in ensembles with peers and, in some cases, with college students and community members.
  • We bring students from different communities together to make music and lifelong friendships.
  • The Music Institute at HCC is dedicated to enriching the community and helping to build a stronger community through music.