Summers Only Master of Music in Music Education Degree

Department of Music Education

Please watch the video below for more information about our summers-only masters degree program in music education.

2021 Summer MM Program

The lineup of courses and workshops that are being planned for the Summer MM program in 2021 is forthcoming in December of 2020. We are excited to see the wonderful slate of experiences that is being assembled and can’t wait to release these to current and prospective students! Although the pandemic has made the development of concrete plans for in-person/remote offerings difficult to ascertain, we want to reassure you that it is our current hope to be able to plan in-person offerings for Summer of 2021 should that be able to be done safely for all involved. The actual announcement regarding the format of Summer 2021 classes will be announced by the University in Spring of 2021 depending on conditions at that time. Please know that regardless of format, we are dedicated to producing an experience worthy of the highest standards that have come to be associated with the University of Michigan Summer MM program.

Previous Summer Classes and Workshop Descriptions, 2020

The Master of Music Education Summer program is a unique, three summer program geared towards the needs of the professional music educator.

Designed for the professional music educator who wishes to return to the university for immersion in university coursework during summer semesters only. This program interweaves research and practice, leading students to reflect on and apply knowledge and experiences from coursework to their teaching. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in music education or its equivalent and have two years of full-time teaching experience in elementary or secondary education.


The Master of Music in Music Education requires a minimum of 30 credits. The department offers an academic year or summers only option that can be completed in three summer terms of five weeks. Coursework to include:

  • Studies in Music Education
  • Music Theory, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Jazz, and/or Composition
  • Non-Music Education SMTD elective

Workshops may be taken as part of the Master of Music in Music Education degree program, for Summer graduate credit (NCFD) or for professional development without college credit.  See individual workshop websites for details.

Final Presentation or Thesis

The Final Presentation affords the student an opportunity to examine three different areas of scholarship and create an oral presentation based on his/her work. The presentation will include a handout with references but no extended paper is required.

The Thesis provides the opportunity for the student to conduct original research on a topic of his/her choosing under the guidance of a faculty mentor. It includes a proposal meeting at the beginning of the project and a final defense of the research report at the end of the study.

For requirement details, please see the Degree Requirements and Term-by-Term Layout.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the SMTD Graduate Application by February 3
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by February 3
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

Click “Apply Now” below to read more detailed information about the application, pre-screening, and interview requirements and procedures.

Summer MM applicants will need to submit the materials listed on this page (please note that we require submission of a short teaching video as a part of your application package). Applicants will be contacted once applications are reviewed by faculty. Summer MM interviews are currently scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2021. Because we know that our applicants are practicing music teachers with busy schedules, we will work to accommodate conflicts with the interview date. We are excited to read your application.

Apply Now

Please send inquiries regarding the SMTD application process to To learn more about SMTD, sign up for an Information Session.