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Welcome to The Music Institute at HCC!

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Music For A Lifetime

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!

Why Choose the Music Institute?

  • Affordable Private Lessons

    From our varied offerings to our talented faculty and beautiful facilities, we invite you to pursue "Music For Your Lifetime" here at The Music Institute at HCC!

    If you're not sure who or what we are, skim below to learn more about what we offer.

    Lessons, Classes & Ensembles

    TMI's lessons, classes, and ensembles have been designed to meet the needs and interests of our students. We offer a variety of private lesson options, including classical, jazz, rock, and folk music, as well as some lesser-known mediums (opera, songwriting, chamber music, and music therapy).

    Whether you are a young beginner experiencing formal music training for the first time, a high school student preparing for conservatory studies, an adult wishing to return to the instrument you set aside after high school, or a music lover wanting to know more and be a more informed listener, TMI has an offering just for you.

    If you don’t see what you want, please contact TMI staff at (443) 518-4297 or tmi@howardcc.eduClick here for a complete list of current offerings.

    For general information about enrollment, click here.


    Student Achievements, News, and Program Information

    Visit our TMI Tempo page, where you can view the current edition of our quarterly newsletter as well as peruse archived editions.

    Or check out our Kudos page, where you can see what all our students are achieving!

    Now that you're ready to get started, be sure you've read our General InfoFAQPolicies and Procedures, and Tuition and Fees sections - then contact the TMI office to initiate the registration process! Welcome to learning "Music for your lifetime"!

  • Terrific Faculty and Facility

    The Music Institute and the Music Department of Howard Community College share their wonderful faculty. Most of our instructors have a master's degree, while many have doctoral degrees, and they perform locally, nationally, and internationally. Our faculty is highly trained, experienced, motivated, and, most importantly, they are dedicated teachers who love what they do.

    The Music Institute Departments

    To get started, click through to each department to find out more about our faculty and their approaches.

    If you'd like to go ahead and initiate the registration process, contact the Coordinator below.


    The Music Institute Staff

    Dr. Hsien-Ann Meng, Director
    James Bailey, Program Manager
    Rebeka Dias-Ribeiro, Office Assistant

  • Programs & Areas of Study

    Preparatory Department

    The preparatory department is designed to teach and guide the music studies of students under the age of 18. Lessons and classes for children are designed and taught to introduce young people to the world of music. Lessons are individualized and classes encourage self-expression in a group setting.

    The need of students wanting to play in groups has given rise to our unique and varied ensemble program. Students’ interests and talents are nurtured to provide opportunities for competitions and further musical advancement, if desired. Many performance opportunities are available, including Solo, Studio, and Competition Prep Recitals.

    Adult/Continuing Education

    Interest in and a desire to learn about music does not stop at age 18 but the focus can be different. With that in mind, we have created lessons, classes, and ensembles for students over the age of 18.

    Whether you want to start private lessons for the first time, take up an instrument you haven’t played since high school, or just make music and friends, TMI has many opportunities for learning and performing music.

    Summer Programs

    Our summer programs are becoming more and more well-known. Designed for more advanced musicians, the GPT and LPOI workshops showcase some of the top students in the area.

    Gemini Piano Trio Workshop
    Little Patuxent Opera Institute

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