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Master of Music in Music Education

The Master of Music (MM) in Music Education degree program is designed for the professional music educator who wishes to return to the university for immersion in university coursework. The MM program interweaves research and practice, leading students to reflect on and apply knowledge and experiences from coursework to their teaching. The department offers an academic year option and a summer-only option that can be completed in three 5-week summer terms.

Prerequisites for Admission

  1. Bachelor's degree in the field of music education or equivalent
  2. Minimum of two years successful teaching experience in elementary or secondary schools
  3. Applicants should have an academic record that suggests probable success with graduate course work

More information about the application process for the MM in Music Education


Academic Year MM in Music Education Handbook

Summer MM in Music Education Handbook

Studies in Music Education (12 credits)

500 Introduction to Research in Music Education (3)

Study of the music education research literature with an emphasis on framing research problems and evaluating research studies from a wide range or research traditions.

501 The Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning (3)

Study of the psychological foundations of music teaching and learning, including perception, motivation, creative and critical thinking, and musical development.

502 History and Philosophy of Music Education (3)

Critical analysis of the history and philosophy of music education in North America.

503 Music Curriculum and Assessment (3)

Concentrates on the issues involved in developing appropriate music curricula for students in grades K-12.

Other Studies in Music (6 credits)

Music Theory, Music History, Ethnomusicology, Jazz Studies, or Composition (6 credits). Students choose courses in these areas to total six credits.*

*Students are required to pass the Music Theory Placement Examination (139, 140, 239, 240, 339, 461), or take the appropriate review courses in Music Theory.

Electives Other Than Music Education (9-10 credits)

Students choose electives in an area of interest (performance, pedagogy, conducting, technology, etc). In order to be eligible for applied study, students must perform an audition. Summer Program student elect workshops to fulfill this requirement.

Final Presentation (2 credits) or Thesis (3 credits)

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.


Summer Masters-Petition Form for Modification of Policy for
Scheduling of Thesis Proposal, or Final Thesis Defense or Presentation



Contact Dr. Michael Hopkins, Chair of the Department of Music Education.






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