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 – June 28— 29, 2021

View the planned Summer 2021 Course and Workshop offering descriptions. Although the pandemic has made the development of concrete plans for in-person/remote offerings difficult to ascertain, it is our current hope to be able to plan at least some 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. updated Feb. 3, 2021

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.

2021 Summer Offerings

Pre-Summer Session Workshops

Band Conducting and Pedagogy Workshop (Register also with Youth and Adult Workshops)
June 20-26, 2021
Michael Haithcock with Courtney Snyder, John Pasquale, Richard Frey, and Jerald Schweibert, University of Michigan

String Educators Virtual Workshop (More information and registration)
June 23-26, 2021
Dr. Michael Hopkins, University of Michigan

Irish Traditional Music – Learning Tunes and Songs in a Virtual Workshop
June 21-25, 2021
Dr. Marie McCarthy, University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

Summer Term Workshops
Teaching Music Composition K-12
July 5-9, 2021
Dr. Michele Kaschub, Professor of Music, Director of Music Teacher Education, Director of the USM Center for Collaboration & Development, University of Southern Maine

Teaching Music to Students with Exceptionalities
July 12-16, 2021
Dr. Ryan Hourigan, Director, School of Music & Professor of Music Education, Ball State University

Music Teaching for Civic Engagement
July 19-23, 2021
Dr. Jason Thompson, Pastor, First AME Church, Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion, Kansas City Public Schools, Former Assistant Professor of Music Education, Arizona State University


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.

“We recognize that during the pandemic many teachers may not have the opportunity to gather teaching footage, and may be lacking access to other materials as well. Should you encounter any issues with gathering all materials by the Summer MM application deadline, please submit your application anyway and write Admissions Coordinator Janelle Hignite to let her know about your situation. Please be reassured that zoom teaching footage is absolutely acceptable to submit, the music education faculty understands and appreciates the adaptations music teachers are making at this moment in time.”

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