Music Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Music Education offers coursework that develops discipline and knowledge in music theory. The degree expands on music philosophies and theories learned in undergraduate training and encourages teachers to build a sense of autonomy in the classroom while enhancing the lives of their students.

Admission requirements:

  • Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended or official NACES course-by- course evaluation of any foreign transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) or waiver if applicable

Pre-requisites:

  • An undergraduate degree with a major in music, or in exceptional cases, a proven equivalency in music theory, music history, and music education.

Courses only Option:

If you are not interested in working toward a graduate degree, but want to take a few graduate classes, applying for Courses Only is a great option.

MDT 604Res.In Music Education3
MDT TBASociology and Cultural Responsiveness in Music Education3
MDT 650Philosophical Foundations of Music Education3
MDT TBD-33
MDT 602Curriculum Development in Music Education3
MDT TBD-43
MDT TBD-23
MDT 642Orff Schulwerk 3
One-week on-campus residency. Students also confer with Thesis Director
MDT 605 (Thesis Seminar in Music Education)3
MDT 603Administration and Supervision in Music Education3
Elective
MDT 530Music in the Elementary School3
Elective
EDU 500 (Classroom Management)3
Students in the final semester continue to work on completing the final project (thesis)
Elective

NOTE: No more than three 500-level courses can be counted towards a master’s degree.

The Master of Arts in Music Education offers coursework that develops discipline and knowledge in music education. The degree expands on music philosophies and theories learned in undergraduate training and encourages teachers to build a sense of autonomy in the classroom while enhancing the lives of their students.

Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended or official NACES course-by- course evaluation of any foreign transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) or waiver if applicable

Pre-requisites:

  • An undergraduate degree with a major in music, or in exceptional cases, a proven equivalency in music theory, music history, and music education.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
MDT 650 Philosophical Foundations of Music Education 3
MDT TBD-3 3
 Credits6
Semester 2
MDT 602 Curriculum Development in Music Education 3
MDT TBD-4 3
 Credits6
Summer 1
MDT 604 Res.In Music Education 3
Summer 1 is the start of the program, followed by Summer 2, then Fall  
 Credits3
Summer 2
MDT TBA Sociology and Cultural Responsiveness in Music Education 3
 Credits3
Second Year
Semester 1
MDT 605 Thesis Seminar in Music Education Course is in the catalog and running 3
 Credits3
Semester 2
MDT 603 Administration and Supervision in Music Education 3
EDU 500 Classroom Management Course is in the catalog and running 3
MDT 530 Music in the Elementary School 3
These are electives. Students choose one.  
Students in the final semester continue to work on completing the final project (thesis).  
 Credits9
Summer 1
MDT TBD-2 3
 Credits3
Summer 2
MDT 642 Orff Schulwerk 3
This is a one-week on-campus residency. Students also use this time to confer with the Thesis Director.  
 Credits3
 Total Credits36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA in Music Education program, students will be able to:

1.     Appraise various teaching philosophies and evaluate their own.

2.     Devise meaningful assessments.

3.     Integrate Music Education technology into their teaching practice.

4.     Improve their teaching skills in music theory, technology and performance.

5.     Propose new a curriculum for their current place of teaching.