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Music Education

Master of Music (MM)

Designed for the practicing educator, the Master of Music in Music Education offers graduate education and resources students can incorporate immediately into their classes.

"I am currently taking ten credits and I can’t honestly pick which class I enjoy the most. Each class provides me with different knowledge that is all applicable to my teaching. I take voice lessons that help me with teaching my choir techniques and vocal health, my curriculum class helps me reflect on my own teaching strategies, and my research class is preparing me for my master’s thesis. With the completion of my degree, I hope to work at a university to teach music education students just like myself." - Alex, graduate music education student

The program aims to deepen the teacher’s practice in meaningful ways by providing a strong foundation in philosophy, history, practice, and curriculum design, with an emphasis on action research. Students are invited to draw upon not only the resources of the School of Music but those of the entire University to meet individual professional interests and needs. 

  • Students align study with career goals by choose between the Pedagogical track or the Research track.
  • Small classes ensure students receive individual attention from faculty who are vitally interested in current issues facing music educators today. Examples include philosophically based education, student-centered learning, issues of social context, and music technology.
  • Courses are held in the evening throughout the academic year and as week-long seminars during the summer months. Evening classes are offered in a synchronous classroom/online format for those who live too far away from campus.

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

Pedagogical Track

Intended for direct application to classroom, this track addresses the interest of music educators who want to explore teaching practices and expand their knowledge base. Examples include:

  • Assessment in the music classroom
  • Curriculum development
  • Comprehensive musicianship

Research Track

Designed for the music educator interested in inquiry, exploring questions related to music teaching and learning. This program is particularly valuable for those who may be interested in pursuing a PhD.