Music Education - NEW
John J. Cali School of Music
BMus - School and Community Settings
The Music Education program is designed to prepare students for careers in music teaching-and-learning. We are pleased to offer curricula that makes our program the most comprehensive preparation available to music education majors in the state of New Jersey. State licensure in New Jersey requires that you be prepared for all facets and levels of music teaching, and our program will do just that.
Music education majors comprise the largest concentration within the Cali School, and are active in all facets of the school. Music education majors are expected to perform at high levels and participate in a variety of ensembles. Therefore, our students are treated as musicians AND hopeful teachers. It is our intention to foster music educators who intend to continue to perform, compose, conduct, and so on, as a life long endeavor.
The Music Education program can perhaps best be described as four-tiered:
- First, students are responsible for liberal arts requirements, such as history, foreign language, and contemporary issues in sociology, psychology, and technology.
- Second, it is important to be educated in applied study, keyboard study, ensemble participation, music theory, and music history.
- Third, students need expertise of music education, which focuses on pedagogical techniques for working in the context of the classroom, as well as choral and instrumental programs.
- Fourth, students gain an understanding of applications across all educational concentrations, involving topics such as educational philosophy, educational psychology, democratic teaching principles, and critical thinking.
Links to the MSU Undergraduate Catalog:
- Our five-year program will prepare you for all facets and levels of music teaching careers in New Jersey's public schools, private, or out-of-state schools.
- We offer the highest quality, comprehensive preparation for New Jersey's music education licensure. Upon successful completion of the B.Mus program, you will receive an initial licensure from the state of New Jersey.
- Music education majors comprise the largest concentration within the Cali School. Our students are active in all facets of the school, and are expected to perform on a high level and participate in a variety of ensembles.
- You will have first-class performing opportunities that we hope will lead you to be active in your musical field throught your life.
The Music Education program is four-tiered:
- Liberal arts or general education requirements, such as history, foreign language, contemporary issues, math, and science.
- Broad-based musical requirements, including applied study, keyboard study, ensemble participation, music theory, and music history.
- Music education requirements that provide the necessary pedagogical techniques for working in the context of classroom, choral, and instrumental programs.
- Courses on topics that are applicable across all educational concentrations, including educational philosophy, educational psychology, democratic teaching principles, and critical thinking.
Links to course listings in the MSU Undergraduate Catalog for BMus with Certification:
Music Education Certification Programs
We offer two programs that lead to certification to teach in the New Jersey public schools:
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Eligibility for admission to the MAT Program in music education requires a bachelor's degree or higher in music. After completing this course successfully, students must pass the NJ Praxis exam to be recommended for teaching certification
- Post Baccalaureate Certification Program (PB): Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program requires a bachelor's degree.
These programs are housed in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. All music and music education courses, however, are taught through the John J. Cali School of Music. Candidates for either program require approval from both the Graduate School and the John J. Cali School of Music.
The difference between these programs
Although the MAT and PB have some overlap, they differ in amount of graduate vs undergraduate course work, as well as length of study.
- The MAT program (sample course sequence-PDF) involves mostly graduate work including some advanced study in music teaching. Both programs offer substantial field experiences in the schools as well as a student teaching during the final semester.
- The Post Baccalaureate program is equivalent to a "second" bachelor's degree in music and involves more undergraduate music work in applied, theoretical and historical areas.
In some cases, applicants may apply for admission to the PB program, complete pre-requisite undergraduate work, and transfer into the MAT program with no loss of credit. This action requires the Graduate Coordinator's approval and may involve some extra processing fees.
Length of Study
The length of time for either program depends upon the course load per semester. A full-time load is a minimum of 12 credits. In general, full-time MAT students can complete the degree within two years. Post-baccalaureate students generally require a minimum of three years for program of completion.
Undergraduate music courses are scheduled primarily during the day and rarely during the summer. Most graduate courses, however, are offered during the day, evening, and summer. A part-time course load is a maximum of 9 credits. A full-time course load is a minimum of 12 credits.
Candidates must apply to the Graduate School for admission to the university. In addition, master degree applicants must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For further information contact the Graduate School or Director of Teacher Education Admissions.
Candidates must also schedule an audition to complete the admissions process.
Admissions and audition information
For more information, contact:
Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo
Graduate Coordinator of Music Education
Master of Arts (M.A.)
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