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M.A. in Music Education

The M.A. in Music Education offers students a range of experiences in music teaching and learning theory, research, and performance. Students will prepare a thesis pertaining to music education in an approved research style. 

Admissions Criteria

In addition to meeting School of Graduate Studies and Research requirements, the applicant must meet Music Department admission requirements. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree with major in music or its demonstrated equivalent. Applicants for the Music Education degree must have current teacher certification in music. In addition to these requirements, the department may request additional supporting evidence of adequate preparation in specific concentration areas. Once accepted to a specific program of study, all music graduate students will be required to take a diagnostic exam in Music Theory and History prior to attending classes, so that advisors may better direct the students in their degree programs.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Music Education (30 cr.)

I. Core Courses (9 cr.)

LIBR 600 Bibliography of Music 3 cr.
MUSC 618 Comprehensive Musicianship 3 cr.
MUSC 632 Research Techniques in Music 3 cr.

II. Required Courses (6 cr.)

MUSC 619 Methods for Comprehensive Musicianship 3 cr.
MUSC 620 Foundations of Music Education 3 cr.

III. Music Education Courses (4-6 cr.)

Select courses from the following:

MUSC 501 Advanced Choral Conducting 2 cr.
MUSC 502 Advanced Instrumental Conducting 2 cr.
MUSC 535 Music for the Exceptional Student 3 cr.
MUSC 537 Techniques of the Marching Band 2 cr.
MUSC 540-550 Summer Music Workshop 1-3 cr.
MUSC 628 Contemporary International Approaches to Elementary Education 2 cr.
MUSC 629 Advanced String Pedagogy 2 cr.
MUSC 631 Administrative Problems in Music Education 2 cr.
MUSC 633 Comparative Choral Methods 2 cr.
MUSC 634 Practicum in Instrumental Music 2 cr.
MUSC 635 Psychology of Music Education 2 cr.
MUSC 636 Advanced Technology in Music Education 2 cr.

IV. Music Theory or History Course (3 cr.)

MUSC 516 Analytical Techniques 3 cr.
or    
MUHI 503 Music of the Baroque Era 3 cr.
MUHI 504 Music of the Classical Era 3 cr.
MUHI 505 Music of the Romantic Era 3 cr.
MUHI 507 Music of the Twentieth Century 3 cr.
MUHI 508 Music of the Sixteenth Century 3 cr.

V. Applied Music Courses (4 cr.)

APMU 601-771 4 cr.

VI. Thesis (4 cr.)

MUSC 795 Thesis 4 cr.

 

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