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Philosophy Statement

The 36-credit Master of Arts degree program in music education provides academic and practical training based on current issues and best research practices. This program addresses philosophical, historical, and psychological foundations of music learning, in addition to music PK-12 teaching methods. Students may choose concentrations in vocal, instrumental, or general music/music history.


This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Admission Requirements


Candidates for 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. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires a 3.00 undergraduate QPA for admission to teacher education programs. Requirements for teacher certification are subject to change according to Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer sessions. Some courses are also offered online.

Master of Arts in Music Education

Applicants for the M.A. in Music Education must have an undergraduate degree in music education and be certified to teach PK-12. 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 co-chairs.

Professional Contribution

At the completion of required academic credits, the candidate must complete a Professional Contribution (PC) capstone project. 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

MAJOR COURSES: (15 credits 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 credits 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 credits)

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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