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Music Education

Master of Music (MM)

The master of music in music education program is accessible to the practicing educator, offering training and resources they can incorporate immediately in their own classes while engaged in graduate study. Courses are held in the evenings during the academic year and as week-long seminars during the summer months.

The program aims to deepen the teacher's practice in meaningful ways through informed, rigorous, and relevant research. Woven through both the pedagogical and research tracks is the common thread of identifying and enriching ways of teaching and learning that are vital for the students in the classes regardless of the age or level taught.

Students interested in applying to the MM music education should have an appropriate bachelor’s degree, generally with licensure in music education; K-12 music teaching experience strongly preferred.

Pedagogical Track

This track is useful for music educators who are interested in exploring teaching practices and expanding their knowledge base. Examples might include assessment in the music classroom, comprehensive musicianship, curriculum development, and current trends in music teaching and learning. The work done in this track is intended to have direct application in the classroom.

Pedagogical Track Program Requirements: Minimum 33 credits (courses to be chosen in consultation with advisor)

1. Foundations: 9 credits

  • MUED 8211 Foundations of Music Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8115 Assessment in Arts Education (3 credits) 
  • MUED 5xxx/8xxx (3 credits)

2. Pedagogical Concentration: 12 Credits

  • MUED 8xxx Curriculum Design in Music Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8xxx Advanced Teaching Seminar (3 credits; 1-credit course taken three semesters)
  • Two additional pedagogical courses in a focused area of practice (e.g., technology in instruction, special needs in the music classroom, general music, conducting, comprehensive musicianship, cultural diversity, etc.). These courses could be selected from MUED, CEHD, or other CLA disciplines, as long as both courses address a common theme of interest to the student and is relevant to music teaching and learning.

3. Supportive Studies in Music: 9 credits

  • MUS 5xxx/8xxx courses in musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media that support music education either directly or by developing breadth of competence.
  • Up to 4 credits may be taken in MUSA 5xxx/8xxx courses.

4. Masters Project: 3 credits

  • MUED 8880: The student must design and execute a project that has direct application in the field (pending advisor approval). Potential projects include action research, curricular design, program proposals, etc. and demonstrate familiarity with research tools and current scholarship.

5. Final Oral Examination

  • After the student receives advisor approval, committee members should be provided copies of the research project at least two weeks prior to the oral examination. 
  • The examination will entail one hour of questioning by the examining committee and should include a 30-minute public presentation of the project; committee questions may relate either to the research project or to the candidate's masters degree coursework. 
Research Track

Music educators who are interested in inquiry–exploring questions related to music teaching and learning–would benefit from this program. This program is particularly valuable for those who may be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Research Track Program Requirements: Minimum 33 credits (courses to be chosen in consultation with advisor)

1. Foundations: 12 credits

  • MUED 8211 Foundations in Music Education (3 credits) 
  • A minimum of two of the following: 
    • MUED 8112 Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3 credits) 
    • MUED 8115 Assessment in Arts Education (3 credits) 
    • MUED 8118 Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 5xxx/8xxx or other appropriate research course(s) from CEHD (3 credits) 

2. Research Concentration

  • MUED 8xxx Curriculum Design in Music Education (3 credits)
  • One additional research course in a focused area of practice (e.g. technology in instruction, special needs in the music classroom, general music, conducting, comprehensive musicianship, cultural diversity, etc.). This course could be selected from MUED, CEHD, or other CLA disciplines.

3. Supportive Studies in Music: 9 credits

  • MUS 5xxx/8xxx courses in musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media that support music education either directly or by developing breadth of competence
  • Up to 4 credits may be taken in MUSA 5xxx/8xxx courses

4. Masters Project: 6 credits

  • MUED 8880: The student must develop a conceptual framework, design, and execute a meaningful research study (pending advisor approval). The student will demonstrate familiarity with scholarship in the field and proficiency with research tools, providing evidence of the ability to work independently and to disseminate research findings effectively.

5. Final Oral Examination. The examination will entail one hour of questioning by the examining committee and should include a 30-minute public presentation of the project; committee quetions may relate either to the research project or to the candidate's masters degree coursework.