Candidates who hold a U.S. teaching certificate in music are eligible for the Master of Arts in Music Education degree program. (Candidates holding a music teaching certificate via Alternate Route or foreign institution may require additional course work.) Two other programs, the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Teaching are available for candidates who are interested in attaining music teaching certification for public schools. See our Comparison Chart (PDF) for an overview of all our programs.
Master of Arts in Music Education
The M.A. in Music Education program, led by an experienced and nationally recognized faculty, offers a comprehensive course of study (PDF) for music teachers in all levels and specializations. Committed to the advancement of music teaching in the public schools, course offerings (PDF) reflect a range of progressive ideas and instructional strategies for the music classroom. Equally important is the opportunity for students to meet others in the field and develop supportive networks.
In order to accommodate the variety of music teaching specializations, this program provides a considerable amount of elective coursework. The 32-hour program offers small classes, individualized attention, and fieldwork in your own classroom. With an appropriate balance between theory and practice, this program is designed to nurture musical maturity, reflective teaching practice and promote educational leadership in music education.
Candidates must apply to the Graduate School for admission. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Non-degree music teachers may enroll for up to 6 credits of course work prior to matriculation in the Master of Arts in Music Education program. Non-degree status, however, does not guarantee official admission to the program.
M.A. in Music Education candidates must schedule an audition during which they will complete an interview with the graduate coordinator of Music Education. In addition, candidates who wish to pursue private study on their instrument must take a performance audition.
Length of Study
We are sensitive to the fact that the majority of students in this program have full-time teaching position. For this reason all graduate classes begin at 5:30 pm or later. Students typically take one course per semester including a summer session. The program is designed for completion in 3 years, however, it is possible to take a heavier course load and finish in 2 years.
A field project and comprehensive examination are required for program completion. The field project is a self-designed action research project which may take place in the teacher's own classroom, or involve a study of interest that relates to current music teaching practice. Students working on their field project have ongoing support from a faculty mentor. The comprehensive exam assesses advanced understandings in music theory, music history, and music education.
Graduate students are welcome to participate in the MSU Chorale, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Wind Symphony. Participation is subject to the Director's approval and may require an audition. Registration for academic credit is required and will partially fulfill the music core electives requirements.
For more information, contact:
Prof. Lisa DeLorenzo
Graduate Coordinator of Music Education