Master of Music (MM) in Music Education

This major is designed for students who are ready to think deeply and critically about music education and its changing landscape, and are ready to take on the challenge of creating a positive musical future for children, families, schools, and communities around the globe.

MM candidates must complete two out of three of the following courses (8 credits):

  • Foundations of Music Education 1 (Historical, Philosophical)
  • Foundations of Music Education 2 (Psychological, Sociological)
  • Introduction to Music Education Research

Students are also required to complete at least 6 credits in music theory and/or musicology. Students may take up to 14 credits of music education electives. This provides students with the opportunity to design a program that meets their own individual needs and professional interests. For example, students may focus on such areas as choral or instrumental conducting, music technology, Orff methodology, or curriculum development. All students in this program are required to complete a capstone curriculum development project.

Students who want to earn a license to teach in public schools in Massachusetts must take additional coursework to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This coursework will vary depending upon courses that may have been completed in a student’s undergraduate program. Off-campus pre-practicum experiences complement on-campus coursework. Students must complete a 14-week student teaching practicum comprised of a 7-week practicum in at least two of the following areas: Pre-K–5; grades 5–9; or grades 8–12.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is granted upon successful completion of a program of study and a terminal curriculum project 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 Master of Music in Music Education is a professional degree program that is available both on campus and online.

Proficiency Examinations

All entering Master of Music students are required to take proficiency examinations in music theory and music history. These examinations are given online before the start of classes. Accepted students are notified of the exam dates and contents in advance and are responsible for taking them by the specified deadline. 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.

Students with insufficient background in music theory and/or music history may be required to take the appropriate review courses, which may earn elective credit.  Descriptions of these courses appear on our website.

Program of Study

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. For applicants who are not able to come to Boston University, the Master of Music in Music Education is also offered online. For additional information, please consult our website.

Musicology and/or Music Theory 6–8 cr
ME 799 Curriculum in Music Education: Vision and Design 4 cr
Approved electives (course numbers vary) 12–14 cr
Select 2 of the following courses: 8 cr
ME 701 (ME 740) Foundations Music Education
ME 702 (ME 741) Foundations of Music Education 2
ME 711 (ME 742) Introduction to Music Education Research
Total credits 32 cr

Master of Music (MM) with Initial Licensure in Massachusetts

This licensure 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.

Students electing this program must complete all of the requirements for the Master of Music (MM) in Music Education (above) and complete additional courses to meet the requirements for licensure in Massachusetts. These additional courses will be determined after a review of an applicant’s undergraduate degree program to determine what requirements may have already been met. Students in this program are also required to successfully complete a student teaching practicum.

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 Handbook.