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MM in Music Education Application Requirements and Dates

Master of Music in Music Education

Application deadline for Academic Year Program: Dec. 1

Application deadline for Summer Program: Feb. 5


The Music Education Department requires that applicants have two years of full-time teaching experience prior to entering the program. Applicants to the MM in Music Education are required to interview with a Music Education faculty member.

Pre-screening Requirements

All applicants are required to create an artistic profile and complete an application with the following required materials:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Resumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose - the statement should be 1 - 2 typed pages in length. The statement should describe your reasons for pusuing an MM in Music Education at the University of Michigan and your professional goals.
  • 15-minute teaching video with a brief description of the video contents

Academic Year Program applicants: If you are interested in applied lessons you must audition for the appropriate instrumental/voice faculty. Lessons are not available in the summer program.

Indicate on the application the manner in which you will complete the interview (on campus or Skype), and the audition if applicable.

All materials are due by the deadlines listed above. Applicants will then be reviewed and candidates may be invited for campus interviews.

Video Submission Guidelines

  1. Video should be of a class rehearsal, not a performance.
  2. Teacher should be in frame during the entire video. If possible, position camera so students are also in the frame (e.g., in the back of the room, zoomed in so teacher is centered in the frame and backs of students are visible).
  3. Provide a brief description of the contents for the viewer–what type of class, age of learners, focus of lesson, goals for the lesson–this can can done with an opening title screen, or an opening clip with a verbal explanation from the teacher.
  4. Long segments unrelated to lesson (e.g., students entering room, morning announcements, teacher needing to leave frame to fix a student insturment, etc.) should be edited out of video.
  5. The committee is interested in the breadth of an applicant's teaching expertise. If possible, edit together 2 or 3 excerpts from different types of classes (e.g., different ages, different ensembles or classes). Video examples involving active student music-making through singing or playing insturments are preferable to lectures about music.
  6. Please put your strongest, most representative teaching first. Total video length should be no longer than 15 minutes.




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