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Philosophy Statement

The Master of Arts degree in music education offers music K-12 teachers an opportunity to become exceptional artist-educators at all levels of music teaching and learning. This 36-credit program provides academic and practical training based on current issues and best research practices. The M.A. program guides students through philosophical, historical and psychological foundations of music learning, as well as music K-12 teaching methods. Students may choose concentrations in vocal, instrumental, or general music/music history.


The graduate music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Admission Requirements


Admission to the M.A. degree program must meet general requirements for University admission as an education major. Applicants must audition, and take entrance exams in music theory and history. Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all applicants to teacher education programs to have a 3.00 undergraduate QPA. Requirements for teacher certification are subject to change according to Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines. Courses are offered in fall/spring academic semesters, as well as during summer session and online.

Master of Arts in Music Education

Applicants for the M.A. in Music Education must have an undergraduate degree in music education and hold music K-12 teaching certification. Applicants seeking initial teacher certification should possess an undergraduate degree in music.

Degree Candidacy

Upon completion of 12 graduate credits with a minimum B average, graduate music students file a formal application for admission to degree candidacy with the department chair.

Professional Contribution

At the completion of required academic credits, the candidate must complete the written comprehensive examination and a Professional Contribution (PC) capstone. Degree candidates work under the guidance of a faculty mentor in designing and implementing the Professional Contribution (masters’ thesis, research project, or lecture-recital performance). Candidates choosing the thesis or research project give a public presentation of the Professional Contribution.

Master of Arts in Music Education

36 semester hours


(15 hours required)

EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
MUSC 506 Psychology of Music
MUSC 521 Seminar in Elementary Education
MUSC 522 Seminar in Secondary Education
MUSC 543 Introduction to Music Bibliography and Research
EDUC 501 Research Theory 3

SUPPORTIVE COURSES: (12 hours required)

MUSC 501 Computers and Technology for the Musician
MUSC 511 Analytical Techniques
MUSC 519 Seminar in World Music
MUSC 525 Administration and Supervision of Music Education

ELECTIVES: (9 hours)

Music Education/Music History Emphasis:

* MUSC varies Seminar in Music History
MUSC 502N Music Educator/Therapist and Special Learner 3
MUSC 527 History and Philosophy of Music Education

*music history seminars offered on rotation: MUSC 507, 512-513, 516-518.

Vocal Emphasis:

MUSC 530 Choral Arranging
MUSC 531 Choral Literature and Conducting
MUSC 545 Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy I
MUSC 546 Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy II
MUSC 537C Ensemble Participation varies

Instrumental Emphasis:

MUSC 520 Instrumental Literature and Conducting
MUSC 526 Care and Repair of Instruments
MUSC 536 Instrumental Arranging
MUSC 550-554, 558 Applied Music
MUSC 537A, 537B, 537D, or 537E Ensemble Participation varies

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