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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  Jun 18, 2019
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Music Education, M.M.Ed.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level ability to develop logical arguments and conclusions in written form, and base their positions on findings in relevant research literature.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge of music history, music theory, and compositional styles by identifying, describing, comparing, and contrasting musical works from the Antiquity through modern times.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate masters-level knowledge by identifying, describing, and comparing specific methods of teaching and predominant educational theories, and the uses of these approaches in the area of specialty (band, orchestra, choir, elementary, Pre-K/early childhood).


The requirements for admission are: completion of an undergraduate degree in music education, including a valid teacher certificate; an interview; and fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to The Graduate School, including the submission of three recommendations. Unless they have completed an undergraduate degree at an English-speaking institution, applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet -based score) or 570 (paper -based). Additional admission requirements for specific areas are listed in Graduate Studies in Music handbook. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s total portfolio with particular weight being given to knowledge of and experience in elementary or secondary music teaching, the audition (for those desiring to present a recital), or research/writing abilities (for those desiring to write a thesis).

Degree Requirements (32 Hours)

Prior to taking any graduate music study, all M.M.Ed. students must take the Graduate Music Diagnostic Examination and, early in their studies, complete all deficiencies and required courses resulting from the exam. Degree candidates must complete a prescribed program of 32 hours of graduate work and successfully pass an oral comprehensive examination. In addition, candidates must complete a written thesis or present one full recital. Another option requires 35 hours but no thesis or recital.

Choose one of the following tracks:

Thesis Track (3 hours)

35-Credit Track (6 hours)

  • Additional MUED courses (6 hours)

Other Studies in Music (15-17 hours)

  • Advisor-approved Music Theory (3 hours)
  • Advisor-approved Music History (3 hours)
  • MUSC 734 - Ensemble
  • Other 500 or 700-level courses in music

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