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Master of Music in Music Education (Non-Licensure Program)

This program is for students pursuing a masters level degree with an emphasis in Music Education and it does not lead to licensure as a Music Educator. Students seeking the license should see the M.M. in Music Education leading to Initial Licensure or the Graduate Diploma in Music Education elsewhere in this catalogue. 

Key Policies 

  • Students in this program are full-time when they are enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits in a summer semester and 5 credits during the fall or spring semesters. 
  • No more than 6 credits earned at other institutions may be accepted toward the degree. Acceptance of transfer credits is by approval of the Dean following an appropriate recommendation by the Department Chair. 
  • Students must earn at least a B- in all courses taken for graduate credit for those courses to count toward the degree. 
  • At matriculation, students sit for a Music Theory Proficiency Examination through which they may demonstrate appropriate knowledge of harmony and counterpoint, as well as sight singing and music reading skills. Any deficiencies revealed by the examination shall be remedied through available course work and/or further, personal study. 
  • Students also take a Keyboard Proficiency Examination at matriculation administered by the Department of Music Education. Those who don’t succeed on the first attempt enroll in Piano Class during the subsequent academic year (or take piano privately) to develop the needed skills. 
  • Non-native English speakers are evaluated upon matriculation and may be required to take specific English as a second language course work as part of their program. Students taking ESL are permitted to take certain courses in performance, but are not permitted to enroll in Introduction to Graduate Studies or Music History seminars until they have achieved sufficient written and speaking competencies in English. Master’s students assigned to ESL courses are required to complete the second semester of advanced ESL with a B- or better. 
  • Prior to graduation students sit for a comprehensive, oral examination administered by a committee of faculty. The examination is designed to assess a student’s ability to integrate his or her training with the research and analytical skills developed in music history and music education course work. 
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