Jan 28, 2023
Revised Program | Fall 2018
Are you a music professional seeking to teach general, vocal or instrumental music in public or private schools or move toward a course of doctoral studies? Enhance your pedagogic and musical skills, and learn about the most current research perspectives and topical issues in music education in this program.
Admission to the Master of Music in Music Education program is granted to students who meet the requirements of both the Graduate School and the School of Music & Dance. Application for admission to the Graduate School should be made to the Office of Admissions, where undergraduate transcripts are evaluated. Transcripts should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.
Admission requirements are as follows
- Undergraduate degree in music education, or its equivalent;
- Interview with appropriate music education faculty;
- A personal statement summarizing plans for graduate study and teaching philosophy;
- Two letters of recommendation from sources familiar with applicant’s teaching;
- Audition for applied music placement (if applicable);
- Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam (see below for additional details).
Conditional Admission | Students deficient in a requirement for degree admission may be granted conditional admission, subject to removal of the deficiency while beginning graduate study. Hours earned in making up deficiencies are in addition to those normally required for the degree.
Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam
Students must achieve an acceptable score (70% or higher) on the Music Theory Placement Exam prior to enrolling in MUSC 511 , MUSC 512 , MUSC 513 , MUSC 516 , or MUSC 517 . The Music Theory Graduate Placement Exam may be taken only one time.
Students who fail to achieve an acceptable score must complete MUSC 509 - Graduate Theory Review (2 hrs) with a B or better, prior to enrolling in MUSC 511, MUSC 512, MUSC 513, MUSC 516, or MUSC 517. Students placed into MUSC 509 are allowed to take the course only one time. Any student who does not earn a B or better in the course, will not be allowed to continue in the graduate program. MUSC 509 does not count towards degree requirements.
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Upon admission to the School of Music & Dance, each student will meet with the graduate advisor for assistance in planning a curriculum.
In addition to Graduate School requirements, degree-specific exit requirements are as follows:
The Culminating Experience will include either a thesis defense or a final project presentation to occur when the student’s prescribed coursework is substantially completed, in the anticipated semester of graduation. This defense or presentation will be evaluated by a committee consisting of the student’s faculty advisor, an additional faculty member from the major field, and a faculty member outside the major field. The specific makeup of the faculty committee will be determined by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and must be approved by the school director. If a student is unable to form a faculty committee, it will be formed by the school director in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.
Degree Requirements: 30 hours
The M.M. in Music Education requires the completion of 30 hours of coursework to be distributed among Major Field, Supportive Studies, and Culminating Experience & Electives as follows:
Students must earn a grade of a B or higher in all Major Field and Supportive Studies courses. If a grade lower than a B is earned in any course, the student must retake the course and receive a B or higher, before the credits for that course can be counted toward their degree.
Music Education Core Courses: 12 hours
Supportive Studies in Music: 10 hours
Culminating Experience and Elective Courses: 8 hours
A student must complete eight hours from one of the following two options
Option I - Thesis: 8 hours
Required Courses: 6 hours
In addition to the following course requirements, a one-hour thesis defense is required
- EDPS 687 - Qualitative/Interpretive Research 3 hrs
- MUSC 693 - Thesis 3 hrs
Elective Course: 2 hours
Students are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours of music or non-music courses selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. These may include courses offered through the College of Education, the music education course electives listed below, or others.
Option 2 - Final Project: 8 hours
Required Course: 2 hours
- MUSC 692 - Final Project 2 hrs
To be determined in consultation with faculty advisor. Could consist of one of the following:
- The student examines three different areas of scholarship and gives a one-hour oral presentation based on his/her work. The presentation will include a handout with references, but no extended paper is required.
- The student examines one area of scholarship in depth, write a paper suitable for journal submission (e.g., Music Educators Journal, etc.), and gives an accompanying one-hour presentation.
- The student gives ensemble conducting recital and an accompanying presentation. Students who choose this option must also take MUSC 678 - Advanced Conducting as part of their Supportive Studies or Elective Courses.
Elective Courses: 6 hours
Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of music or non-music courses selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. These may include courses offered through the College of Education, the music education course electives listed below, or others.
Music Education Elective Courses
- MUSC 565 - Ensemble Pedagogy and Literature 2 hrs
- MUSC 590 - Special Topics 1 hr
- MUSC 591 - Special Topics 2 hrs
- MUSC 592 - Special Topics 3 hrs
- MUSC 594 - Workshop in Music 1 hr
- MUSC 595 - Workshop in Music 2 hrs
- MUSC 596 - Workshop in Music 3 hrs
- MUSC 676 - Score Study and Rehearsal Strategies 2 hrs
- MUSC 678 - Advanced Conducting 2 hrs
- MUSC 697 - Independent Study 1 hr
- MUSC 698 - Independent Study 2 hrs
- MUSC 699 - Independent Study 3 hrs