Master of Music (MM) in Music Education

Degree Requirements

The MM is granted upon successful completion of a program of study, written and oral qualifying examinations, and terminal projects appropriate to the student’s field of specialization. Students must complete a minimum of 32 semester credits with grades no lower than B- in graduate-level coursework. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of the date of matriculation.

The MM in music education is a professional degree with two possible sequences: Initial Licensure or Professional Licensure. The Initial Licensure sequence prepares students for entry into a career teaching music in primary and secondary schools. It is only available on campus. The Professional Licensure sequence is designed for music teachers who already possess a teaching license or those who simply want to learn more about music education but do not desire licensure to teach in American primary and secondary schools. It is available both on campus and online.

Proficiency Examinations

All entering Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts students are required to take the Proficiency Examination in Music Theory and the Proficiency Examination in Musicology. These examinations are given before the start of classes. Accepted students are notified of the exam dates and are responsible for taking them. Exam results are used for advisement and may establish prerequisite or required coursework. Material covered in these examinations is commonly presented in most undergraduate degree programs in music. Detailed descriptions of these exams are supplied to accepted students. Students in composition, music theory, and musicology will also be examined in fugue; historical performance students will be examined in counterpoint.

Students with insufficient background in music theory may be required to take MU 400 Graduate Theory Review, which may be used as elective credit. The course is a seven-week, online course given twice per year in the second half of the Fall Semester and in the Summer Term.

Initial Licensure Sequence

Teacher of Music (Grades K–12)

This degree program is for students who hold undergraduate degrees in music with majors other than music education and who wish to become music teachers in primary and secondary schools. This program is approved for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students from other states will need to check with their state education departments regarding requirements for licensure in their states. The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a major in music consisting of a minimum of 132 credits.

Music Education Program Outline (Initial Licensure)

Musicology and/or Music Theory 6 cr
Foundations and Principles of Music Education 1 & 2 8 cr
Introduction to Music Education Research 4 cr
Curriculum Organization in Music Education 4 cr
Practicum 8 cr
Required Licensure Coursework cr varies

Completion of this program results in conferral of the MM and eligibility for the initial license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Terminal Projects

To fulfill the terminal requirements for the Master of Music with a specialization in music education, the candidate develops a curriculum project in which he or she demonstrates a synthesis of studies in the master’s program. The work for this project is begun in MU 862 Curriculum Organization in Music Education.

Professional Licensure Sequence

This program is designed for applicants who already possess a teaching license or simply want to learn more about music education but do not desire licensure to teach in American primary and secondary schools. This program is approved for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students from other states will need to check with their state education departments regarding requirements for licensure in their states. For applicants who are not able to come to Boston University, the Master of Music/Professional Licensure Sequence is also offered online. For additional information, please consult our website.

Music Education Program Outline (Professional Licensure)

Musicology and/or Music Theory 6 cr
Foundations & Principles of Music Education 1 & 2 8 cr
Introduction to Music Education Research 4 cr
Curriculum Organization in Music Education 4 cr
Approved Electives 10 cr
Total 32 cr

Terminal Projects

To fulfill terminal requirements for the Master of Music with a major in music education, the candidate develops a curriculum project in which he or she demonstrates a synthesis of studies in the master’s program. The work for this project is begun in MU 862 Curriculum Organization in Music Education.

Master of Music Comprehensive Reviews

A satisfactory comprehensive review or examination is required for graduation. The faculty in each major area determines standards for this review and its format, and conducts the evaluation. In each case, the comprehensive review concentrates on the major area and other related fields. Unsatisfactory performance on this review may require remedial work and/or a repetition of the review after counseling with the student’s advisor. Descriptions of the departmental comprehensive reviews or examinations are found in the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook, available to enrolled students on the School of Music website.