This concentration emphasizes the development of advanced, research-based knowledge and skills in music teaching and learning. The focus is on school music programs; however, students may pursue courses in effective teaching at all age levels, including early childhood through adulthood. Graduate students in music education will be given the opportunity to conduct research and to learn to apply their findings in the classroom. The music education faculty is continuously involved in research related to adolescent voices, educational policy, cognition behind improvisation and more. They use qualitative, quantitative, and brain imaging methods to explore important questions with the final goal of understanding and improving music learning and teaching.
Successful applicants for the music education concentration generally have experience as excellent general, choral or instrumental music teachers in schools. The Master of Music is not appropriate for candidates seeking initial teaching certification. Applicants should either hold or be eligible for an initial teaching certificate or license. GRE or MAT scores required; interview recommended.