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The fully online Master of Music degree program with a music education specialization is designed for music educators who are currently teaching in K-12 music settings and intended to provide them with tools and perspectives to pursue positions of leadership in the field of music education, specifically in the areas of pedagogy, research, and advocacy. All courses are delivered entirely in a distance learning environment. Courses encourage students to use their current teaching contexts to generate perspectives on philosophy and pedagogy while learning to apply new resources and frameworks. Graduates will gain experiences with conducting and consuming research appropriate for pursuit of terminal degrees. Further, they will develop an awareness of issues and tools regarding music and education and will be equipped to lead in responding to professional challenges. For this program, the university has made its e-rate available to out-of-state students which will result in a savings of $3,400 per semester.


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Connections made at MTSU helps graduate land dream job

Connections made at MTSU helps graduate land dream job

Margie Way-Kiani credits some of the connections she made at MTSU for helping her land her dream job. Way-Kiani teaches general music and has four orchestras with students ranging from sixth to twelfth grades at Central Magnet School – just blocks away from where she earned her degrees.  “I have my dream job at 27, which I think is pretty incredible, and I consider myself very fortunate,” she said. While attending MTSU from 2011 to 2015 for her bachelor’s degree, and again later for her master’s, Way-Kiani spoke highly of her student teaching opportunities and her highly esteemed professors.  “I would tell anyone considering the Master of Music in Music Education at MTSU to do it. They will have an incredible group of faculty members to push and support them.” 

Supportive professors helped teacher get where she’s at today

Supportive professors helped teacher get where she’s at today

Rutherford County native, and now elementary school music specialist and adjunct professor at MTSU, Alexis Derryberry credits her undergraduate professors for pushing her in college and ultimately helping her get where she’s at today. “My professors saw in me things that I didn’t even know I had within me, and for that, I will forever be grateful,” she said. While working full-time, Derryberry decided to return to MTSU to pursue her master’s degree in Music Education. "What is absolutely unique and amazing about the professors in the music education program is that your music education professors have all been in the classroom. They know and understand the unique challenges that you deal with every day. They are supportive and want you to succeed.” 


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Alumni from the School of Music teach thousands of students every day in private studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. MTSU graduates perform in orchestras, military ensembles, and opera companies; appear in clubs and recording studios with the famous and yet-to-be-known; compose music for Hollywood films and commercial jingles; lead professional music organizations; work in the music industry; serve as church musicians; and continually enrich the lives of others. Some continue on to enter prestigious doctoral programs. A sample of potential professional pathways for music master's students:

  • Band director/leader
  • Choral/choir director
  • College professor/instructor
  • General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
  • Music educator
  • Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bellevue Middle School
  • Belmont University
  • Cane Ridge High School
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chattanooga Symphony
  • Cumberland University
  • The Downtown Band
  • Earl Klugh (Grammy winner)
  • EMBRA Artists, LTD.
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Jeff Coffin (Grammy winner)
  • Jonathan Fletcher Music
  • Lipscomb University
  • MEINL Percussion
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Old Center Elementary School, Nashville
  • Onks Woodwind Specialist
  • Siegel Middle School
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville

Graduate

The School of Music’s Masters of Music Degree is offered with seven graduate specializations:

A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Applicants must

  • hold (or be about to receive) an undergraduate degree in music;
  • have an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.0);
  • depending on specialization, either do an audition or submit an audition audio or video-recording; submit scores and recordings of compositions; submit written samples of scholarship; or submit a 30-minute video-recording demonstrating teaching ability;
  • complete entrance examinations in music history and music theory to plan initial course of study;

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

MTSU's School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available. 

Teacher licensure

Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete

  • a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K–12,
  • a minor in Secondary Education,
  • the General Education Program, and
  • additional teacher licensure requirements.

Music, Music Education Specialization, M.M.

Joseph Morgan, Program Director
(615) 904-8043
joseph.morgan@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance.

The specialization in Music Education is designed for music educators who are currently teaching in K-12 music settings. All courses are taught in a fully online, learning environment, and the program requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00).

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music education must be concurrently teaching in a K-12 music setting while enrolled in the program.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music education must submit a 30-minute video recording (in English) of themselves teaching music.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Music degree in Music with a specialization in music education requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours.

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

NOTE:

NOTE: A comprehensive written exam will be administered with Examity online exam proctoring, and a comprehensive oral exam will be administered via Zoom.

Curriculum: Music, Music Education

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUED 6340 - Music Education Seminar

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Survey of current educational pedagogy, methods, and materials with application to teaching through research, seminar discussion, and readings in music education literature. Offered fall semesters.

  • MUED 6620 - Bibliography and Research in Music Education

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Survey of bibliography and methods of research in music education. Analysis and evaluation of research in the field of music education. Offered in fall, spring, and/or summer semesters.  

  • MUTH 6040 - Music Theory Pedagogy

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Study of K-12 teaching techniques and current research in music theory pedagogy. Offered fall semesters.

Specialization Courses (24 hours)

  • MUED 6010 - Foundations of Music Education

    3credit hours

    Philosophies of music education; meaning in music and aesthetic theories; principles of learning; objectives for music education. Offered in fall semesters.

  • MUED 6621 - Music Education Research Project

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620 and completed candidacy form. Study and research of a topic in music education determined by the student. S/U grading. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Offered in summer semesters.

  • MUED 6633 - Contemporary Issues in Music Education

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Focuses on contemporary issues in music education, the current educational landscape, learning theory and music education, curriculum design, educational policy, and accountability in music education.   

  • MUED 6642 - Evaluation and Assessment in Music Education

    3credit hours

    Focuses on effective evaluation and assessment strategies for the K-12 music education classroom, how assessment data may be most effectively used to improve music teaching and learning, and the current research priorities for assessment in music education. Offered in spring semesters.

  • MUED 6050 - Policy and Advocacy in Music Education

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Addresses educational policies at the local, state, and federal level; policy analysis frameworks; and approaches to music education advocacy. Offered in summer sessions.

Nine (9) hours selected from the following:

  • MUED 5260 - The Application of Technology to Music Teaching

    3credit hours

    Introduces music technology and its applications in music education. Topics include electro-acoustical generation of musical sound, synthesis equipment and MIDI networks, sequencing and scoring software, music education instructional software, and recording techniques. Application assignments in the computer lab and reading assignments in references and software and hardware manuals. Students will search for, examine, and log relevant World Wide Web and other Internet sites. Offered in fall and summer semesters.

  • MUED 5270 - Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Choirs

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Focuses on strategies that can be implemented in curriculum development, lesson planning, and assessment of music learning in the middle and high school choral setting. Implementation of the Artistic Domains of Perform, Create, Respond, and Connect in the choral classroom. Offered in fall, spring, and/or summer semesters.  

  • MUED 5280 - Vernacular Music Education

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Issues, teaching materials, and techniques involved in incorporating American folk and popular music and related world music repertoires in K-12 classroom instruction. Offered in fall and summer semesters.

  • MUS 5250 - Psychology of Music

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the Music, M.M. degree (music education specialization). Examines research in areas related to music cognition, including music perception, music performance, musical affect, musical preference, and social psychology. Explores how this research relates to practice in music education and performance. Offered in spring semesters.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music in Education degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00).

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music education must be concurrently teaching in a K-12 music setting while enrolled in the program.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must

  1. Submit application with the appropriate application fee. Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. Submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, please submit a link to a 30-minute teaching video (in English) to Christopher.Dye@mtsu.edu

Proficiency Courses Determined by Placement Examination (0-14 hours)

Either or both of these courses may be required based on the results of the student's diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory:

  • MUTH 5010 - Theory Survey  3 credit hours 
  • MUHL 5070 - Music History Survey  1 to 3 credit hours 

Contact Information

Coordinator of Music Education
Professor Christopher Dye
Christopher.Dye@mtsu.edu

Coordinator of the School of Music Graduate Program
Professor Joseph E. Morgan
Joseph.Morgan@MTSU.edu

Who is My Advisor?

Coordinator of Music Education
Professor Christopher Dye
Christopher.Dye@mtsu.edu

Coordinator of the School of Music Graduate Program
Professor Joseph E. Morgan
Joseph.Morgan@MTSU.edu

Mailing Address

School of Music
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MTSU Box 47
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


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Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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