Music (MA), Music Education Concentration
The Music Education MA program is for music teachers seeking advanced skills in music and pedagogy. The program also fosters a balance of theory and practice to nurture musical maturity, reflective teaching practice and educational leadership. Graduate students may participate in large and small ensembles for credit or non-credit. Participation is subject to the ensemble director’s approval. A field project is the capstone experience in this program. Each student identifies a problematic issue within their own classroom and designs an action research project addressing the issue. Students working on their field project have ongoing support from a faculty mentor.
Along with the Music Education concentration of the Music (MA) degree, the Music department also offers the following options for graduate study: Music with a concentration in Composition, Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, a Master of Music degree in Performance, a combined Bachelor’s / Master of Arts in Teaching in Music and certificate programs in Music Education and Music Therapy.
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees need not submit transcripts. Instead, they must submit a course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information of their coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. Please note: applicants who have an international education may not apply as a last-term senior.
Applicants must hold a U.S. music teaching certificate or have completed an alternate route music education program.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling admission.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Music (MA) program, Composition Concentration:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement: Write one essay of no more than three double-spaced pages in response to the prompt below. Your essay can include some description, but it should also demonstrate that you have critically reflected on the profession and your potential place within it. Please write in a concise, formal, professional style. If you make generalizations or assertions, be sure to provide support for them. In one integrated essay, thoughtfully discuss each of the areas identified below:
- Why you are interested in the profession in which you want to pursue graduate work and, if applicable, the particular concentration within that profession.
- Your knowledge of issues and trends in this profession or field.
- What areas and topics you hope to study in depth and why.
- Any related professional or personal experiences you have had, including opportunities to collaborate with other professionals, and how these experiences make you particularly well-suited for the profession.
- Potential challenges and opportunities associated with diversity you think are relevant to the profession you are pursuing. Be sure to explain what you mean by “diversity” (related, for example, to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, disability) and how it may pose challenges or present opportunities.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
Auditions for Music Applicants
Applicants to this program are required to audition as part of the application review process. You must first submit a graduate admission application to The Graduate School. During the review of your application, you will be invited to submit a secondary application and request an audition with the John J. Cali School of Music. Please follow the directions in the official notification letter requesting you to audition. For more information about the application and audition process, please visit the John J. Cali School of Music website. Please note: In addition to the graduate application fee of $60, an additional fee will be required for the audition process.
The 32-hour program offers small classes, individualized attention, and fieldwork in your own classroom. The program also fosters a balance of theory and practice to nurture musical maturity, reflective teaching practice and educational leadership. Graduate students may participate in large and small ensembles for credit or non-credit. Participation is subject to the ensemble director’s approval. A field project is the capstone experience in this program. Each student identifies a problematic issue within their own classroom and designs an action research project addressing the issue. Students working on their field project have ongoing support from a faculty mentor.
For more information, please visit the Music (MA), Music Education Concentration program listing in the course catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Music (MA), Music Education Concentration Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*