Please note that we will not be able to provide answers to questions regarding application or admissions policies or any that involve specific personal information.One to two years’ of teacher education; or a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Education.In addition to completing the online application to the university, prospective students should also provide the following materials: (a) a current resume, (b) a copy (PDF) of a teaching license/certificate, and (c) a writing sample.
Possible samples could include a major paper from an undergraduate degree program or a statement of philosophy of music education.
After an initial review of applicants, prospective students may be invited to campus for an interview.
Program highlights include a supportive, collegial community of scholars that helps provide personalized attention to students, as well as practical experience gained by working alongside faculty who are internationally recognized as teachers, conductors, researchers, and authors.
Graduate assistants work closely with faculty in the areas of research, teaching, and ensemble conducting.
In the MA thesis option (Plan A), students conduct research, write a thesis, and then orally defend the thesis document to the music education faculty.
Students’ research advisors provide guidance throughout this process.
Specializations include conducting, music pedagogy, early childhood music, curriculum development, cultural studies, music and media studies, music and related technologies, and teacher education.
Music Education faculty members have a wide range of research interests and specialties, using methods that are both qualitative (based in philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, arts-based educational research, and a/r/tography) and quantitative (involving quasi-experimental research, survey research, and large-scale multivariate designs).
In the MA comprehensive exam option (Plan B), students complete an examination that consists of two portions: (a) a take-home portion, which includes the creation of an application research paper based on existing literature in the field, as well as a music materials project that involves an analysis of choral or instrumental repertoire that would be used with a school ensemble; and (b) an in-house portion, which includes critical analyses of two research articles.
A subsequent oral defense of these materials allows students to think critically on the spot and to apply degree content information to other areas by responding to questions and scenarios posed by the faculty.