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M.A. in Music Education

The graduate program in music provides students with opportunities to improve skills as teachers or performers beyond the Bachelor’s degree, leading to enhanced career opportunities or to doctoral study. The Department of Music offers the MA in music with two areas of specialization: Music Education or Performance.

The Masters of Arts in Music Education offers students a range of experiences in music teaching and learning theory, assessment and improvement of teaching, administration of music programs, and technology applications in music teaching. This degree is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers and is offered in a low-residency, online, part-time format. Students will take courses online during the fall and spring semesters, and will attend two intensive summer sessions on campus, where they will take classes that cannot be offered effectively online.
The Masters of Arts in Music Performance is designed to enhance individual musicianship, technique, and knowledge of a variety of musical styles, with the goal of preparing students for a career in the performing arts. Applicants may choose a principal performing area from conducting, all major instruments, or voice.
The Performance degree allows the option of students to either give a recital or write a thesis as a culminating project. Students who may aspire to further academic training in music may elect to perform a recital and write a thesis for elective credit pending departmental approval.

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 Performance degree must complete a satisfactory audition on their major instrument (specific audition requirements are available upon application). Applicants to the Masters of Arts in Music must demonstrate that they are certified to teach music in the K-12 public schools of a U.S. state, or that they have comparable certification in another country.
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 516
Analytical Techniques
3 cr.

And one of the following Music History Courses: MUHI 503, 504, 505, 507, or 521
3 cr.

II. Music Education Courses (9 cr.)

MUSC 620 Foundations of Music Education
3 cr.
MUSC 631 Administration and Advocacy in Music Education
2 cr.
MUSC 636
Advanced Technology in Music Education
2 cr.
MUSC 640
Formative Assessment and Action Research in Music Education
2 cr.

III. Music Education Courses (6 cr.)

Students may choose from the following courses:

EDSP 523
Education Programming: Gifted Learners
3 cr.
EDSP 577
Assessment of Student Learning
3 cr.
EDSP 624
Social, Emotional, and Cultural Factors in the Education of Gifted Learners
3 cr.
EDEX 569
Education of Persons with Emotional, Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities or Brain Injury
3 cr.
EDEX 578
Education of Persons w/ Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and Physical/Multiple Disabilities
3 cr.
EDSP 704
Advanced Educational Psychology
3 cr.

IV. Electives (6 cr.)

Students may choose from the following courses:

MUSC 503
Practicum in String Pedagogy
1 cr.
MUSC 535
Music for the Exceptional Student
2 cr.
MUSC 537
Techniques for the Marching Band
2 cr.
MUSC 540-550
Summer Music Workshop
1-3 cr.
MUSC 628
Contemporary International Approaches to Elementary Music Education
2 cr.
MUSC 635
Psychology of Music Education
2 cr.
MUSC 501
Advanced Choral Conducting
2 cr.
MUSC 502
Advanced Instrumental Conducting
2 cr.
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 20th Century
3 cr.
MUHI 521
Topics in American Music
3 cr.
MUSC 575
Music Ensemble
1-3 cr.
MUSC 681
Special Topics
1-4 cr.
APMU 601-771
Applied Music lessons
4 cr.
MUSC 795
Thesis
4 cr.
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