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Master of Music Education

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The Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.) degree is designed for music educators to refine and advance their philosophical and pedagogical approach(es) to teaching music in a culturally diverse and technologically advanced society. With an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, the Master of Music Education will prepare music educators to be school-based change makers who think critically, engage in responsive teaching, and connect theory to practice. By taking courses in philosophy, curricular innovation, research, and various aspects of musicianship, students will explore current trends in the field of music education, and hone their skills as musicians and educators. Specifically, it will encourage students to:

  • Think critically in the areas of music psychology, curriculum, philosophy, research, and pedagogy
  • Develop and implement strategies for teaching music in a pluralistic and ever-changing society
  • Continue their growth and development in musicianship

The Master of Music Education is designed as an online program, with most course offerings delivered online through Rowan Global and requiring only one on-campus summer residency. The program will facilitate connections between outside institutions by inviting other music education scholars to guest teach various classes based on their expertise. This structure will allow practicing music educators to take courses from around the country while maintaining their employment. With both a thesis and non-thesis option, students can select a format that best suits their needs, whether preparing for a doctoral program or advancing their current practice in the classroom. Rowan University is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM).


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The Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.) is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 33 graduate semester hours, the bulk of which will be delivered online. It is possible to complete the program in four consecutive semesters and one summer intensive (23 months).

The following courses make up the Master of Music Education program.

  • 11 Courses (or equivalent) / 33 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Final Project or Thesis (either with presentation)
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
MUS 50630 Equity and Access in Music Education 3
MUS 50660 Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction 3
MUS 50540 Social and Psychological Environments of Music Learning 3
MUS 50650 Philosophy of Music Education 3
MUS 50511 Research in Music Education 3
MUS 50670 Global Musics in Education 3
MUS 50510 Special Topic Seminars (2)* 6
MUS 50XXX Supporting Music Studies 6
MUS 50610 or MUS 50621 Final Project or Thesis (either with presentation) 3

*Seminars are synchronous and during our Summer Intensive session; topics will rotate and change based on current trends

*Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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  • Rowan Global Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in music (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Department Essay
    • Typewritten philosophy of music education statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Video of teaching in any musical setting (30 minutes)
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Supporting Music Studies

In addition to our core, online curriculum, students will take six credits of supporting music studies. These courses include graduate applied music lessons on a primary instrument or in conducting, music theory and history courses, and a variety of rotating music education workshops. Music education workshops, primarily delivered during our Summer Intensive session, allow for hands-on learning and include topics such as Technology in Music Education, Blending Pedagogy: General Music Methods in the Choral Classroom, and certification courses in First Steps in Music or Conversational Solfege. Supporting music studies electives may be offered online or face-to-face, depending on availability, to allow students to choose from options that work best for their schedule.


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