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Graduate Degrees in Music Education


The Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Music Education are designed so that students may pursue the program as full-time students or as part-time students who continue to work in their roles as music educators.  The Master of Music program can be completed completely part-time in 3 to 4 years including summer semesters, depending on the student's pace, and full-time students can complete the program in 2 years.  The Doctor of Musical Arts program can be pursued part-time for the first 2 to 3 years, however, due to the requirements of the program, the final year of coursework before dissertation must be taken in residence as a full-time student.  In order to accommodate the schedules of all students, music education courses are offered on a rotational basis, so that all required courses are available to all students during their two to five years of study.  More information about the class sequence is available upon request.

All graduate music students, regardless of areas of emphasis, are required to take diagnostic exams in music theory and music history prior to enrolling at the Moores School of Music.  These diagnostic exams are designed to determine each student's strenths in those areas and whether the student needs to take refresher courses in theory and musicology.  These music review courses are not part of the standard degree program and do not full degree requirements.

Because music education encompasses such a wide variety of fields of interest, music education students for both the MM and DMA degrees have the opportunity to work with the music education faculty to choose elective coursework that fits their interests and career objectives.  Elective coursework can be selected from course offerings in music, music education, and graduate course offerings in the College of Education.  Common areas of emphasis at the Master's degree level include general music education, choral conducting, wind conducting, and Kodaly certification.  Common minor areas at the doctoral level include music history, music theory, music performance, conducting, applied music pedagogy, educational leadership, and more.  All decisions about MM areas of emphasis and DMA minor areas are made in consultation with the Coordinator of Music Education and the graduate academic advisor.

For more information regarding the MM and DMA programs in music education, you may contact the Coordinator of Music Education, Dr. Kastner, at, or the graduate advisor, Stacia Morgan Dunn, at

MM in Music Education Degree Plan

DMA in Music Education Degree Plan