Master of Music: Education

Graduate students in Music Education are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of contemporary issues, improve musicianship skills, and to study the literature and pedagogy within their field. The Master of Music Education graduate degree is a 30-33 hour residential program that may conclude with a traditional thesis or with a demonstration of professional activity: teaching, conducting, performing, or publishing. A rotation of classes is offered during evenings and summer terms to allow working adults to pursue the degree.

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  • Master of Music: Education (M.M.)


HSU Music Major student playing violin

Thesis Option

The thesis is an original study of some aspect of music education in a philosophical, historical, or empirical mode. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students who may pursue doctoral studies, and for those interested in music supervision and administration.

HSU music major students playing the piano and tuba

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis program is intended for experienced teachers who have demonstrated expertise in the field and who wish to pursue concentrated studies in a particular area of music education.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Music: Education can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Option

Major Field

  • MUSI    6227 Supervision of Public School Music – 2
  • MUSI    6324/6325 Seminar in Music Education – 6
  • MUSI    6391, 6392 Thesis – 6

Music Core

  • MUSI    6226 Advanced Conducting – 2
  • MUPS   (5000 level) Performance Study – 4
  • MUTC   6231 Individual Projects in Musical Analysis – 2
  • MUHL   5241, 5242, 5243, 5244, 5247 – 2

Supportive Courses

  • MUHL   6341 Introduction to Research Techniques – 3
  • MUTC   (see Note 1: MUTC Curriculum Selection List) – 4
  • MUHL   5241, 5242, 5243, 5244, 5247, or 5099 – 2

Total Music Education Hours33

Non-Thesis Option

Major Field

  • MUSI 6124/6125 Music Education Seminar – 2
  • MUSI 6221 History of Music Education in America – 2

Choose 8 hours from Music Education Electives

  • MUSI 6227 Supervision of Public School Music – 2
  • MUSI 6231 Psychology of Music/Principles of Music Learning – 2
  • MUSI 52X2 Pedagogy and Literature for Educators – 2
  • (Choose from Brass, Woodwind, String, Percussion, or Voice)
  • MUSI 5295 Rehearsal Techniques (Band, Orchestra, Choir) – 2
  • MUPS 6000 level* Performance Studies (only students approved for recital) – 4
  • MUSI 5129, 5229, 5329 Workshop in Music Education – 1-3

Total Major Field – 12 hours

Music Core

  • MUHL 6341 Introduction to Research Techniques – 3
  • MUTC 6239 Advanced Ear Training – 2
  • MUHL 5241, 5242, 5243, 5244, 5247 – 2
  • MUSI 6226 Advanced Conducting – 2-4
  • MUPS 51X1 (5000 Level) Performance Study – 2-4

Total Music Core – 11 hours

Supportive Courses

  • MUSI 6232 Music Education Practicum – 2

Choose 5 hours from:

  • MUSI 6099 Special Studies in Music Education – 1-3
  • MUPS 6101 Recital – 1
  • MUPS 6181 Conducting Lessons
  • Other music classes (up to 2 hours credit for ensembles)
  • Education courses (upon approval of program director)

Total Supportive Courses – 7 hours

Total Music Education Degree – 30 hours

The Master of Music (music education) degree is designed for certified teachers who have received an undergraduate degree in music education or its equivalent. Graduate students who wish to obtain a professional teaching certificate while pursuing a master’s degree must consult with the certification officer in the College of Human Sciences and Education Studies.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants for graduate study in music must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with recognized standing in the National Association of Schools of Music. Student’s seeking a master’s in music education must have skill in conducting, proficiency in voice (vocal emphasis), proficiency on one instrument and functional ability in a secondary instrument, (instrumental emphasis). Evidence of an understanding of contemporary philosophies of music education is also necessary.

*All students who apply for the master’s degree in music education must arrange for an interview with the music education department head.

Recipients of the masters of music performance degree excel in careers as public school teachers, music administration, and church music.