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.

2020 Workshops and Courses

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 in once applications are reviewed by faculty. Summer MM interviews are currenty scheduled for Monday, March 9th, 2020, and may take place either on campus or via skype. Because we know that our applicants are practicing music teachers with busy schedules, we will work to accomodate conflicts with the interview date. We are excited to read your application.

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