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Music: Education

Master's

Program Overview

Become a music educator with an extensive depth of knowledge in music education, theory and history. Gain the skills and expertise to shape, form and teach music students. You'll be prepared for teaching careers at the K-12 and college levels, as well as for competitive doctorate programs.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Continue to build your love for teaching and music in this fully accredited music education graduate program. You'll formalize your own teaching philosophy and practices through music theory, history, research and pedagogy courses. You'll work with a graduate coordinator to customize your course work to best meet your goals as an educator.

Plus, you can also choose to concentrate in music conducting, composition or performance depending on your interests. And you'll conduct education research with the help of accomplished music educators. You'll present your research in public forums and will be encouraged to submit your work to state, regional and national conferences.

We also offer a limited number of graduate assistantships with a tuition waiver of up to 20 credit hours and a stipend of $10,300. If awarded, you may teach 100-level courses or assist directors of large ensembles. It offers great experience for students hoping to teach at the college level.

Our alumni have secured countless K-12 positions throughout Michigan and the country. Some have been recognized with prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards, such as the Grammy Music Educator of the Year award. Others have pursued prestigious doctorate programs or found tenure-track positions in academia. Many are sought after as clinicians and adjudicators at regional, national and international events.

Program Highlights

As a music education graduate student here, you'll:

  • Join alumni who have pursued programs at the University of Miami, Indiana University, the University of North Texas and Boston University.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty like Alan Gumm, who has over 30 years of teaching experience and authored the profession's most comprehensive theories of music instruction, detailed in his book Music Teaching Style.
  • Customize your curriculum to fit your goals and pursue one of three optional concentrations: conducting, composition or performance.

Careers & Outcomes

Our master of music in education graduates are equipped for a number of fulfilling careers in teaching, academia, composing, arts administration and more.

Career Projected Salary
Music Teacher $56,882
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers (Postsecondary) $83,220
Music Director $56,847
Composer $82,504
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