Online 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 4 credits in music theory. Students may take up to 16 credits of electives. This provides students with the opportunity to design a program that meets their own individual needs and professional interests. All students in this program are required to complete a capstone curriculum development project.

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.

Proficiency Examinations

All entering Master of Music students are required to take a proficiency examination in the area of music theory. The examination is administered online before the start of classes. Incoming students are notified of the exam dates and contents in advance and are responsible for taking it by the specified deadline. Exam results are used for purposes of advisement and may establish prerequisite or required coursework. Material covered in this examination is commonly presented in most undergraduate degree programs in music.

Students with insufficient background may be required to take review courses (MT 400, not covered by Stafford Loans) as appropriate.

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.

Music Theory 4 cr
ME 759 Curriculum in Music Education: Vision and Design 4 cr
Approved electives (course numbers vary) 16 cr
Select 2 of the following courses: 8 cr
ME 740 Foundations of Music Education
ME 741 Foundations of Music Education 2
ME 742 Introduction to Music Education Research
Total 32 cr

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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. ME 759 Curriculum in Music Education: Vision and Design fulfills this requirement for online students.