Master of Music (Music Education)

The Master of Music (Music Education) degree is especially designed for the public school music educator. The degree offers flexibility to allow students to structure their program in a manner that best suits their own particular interests and needs.

Delivery Method
All music education course requirements, including the MUSE core (600, 610, 620, 668) and music education electives, may be completed online. Candidates can schedule other courses to minimize travel to campus.

Degree Requirements – 30 credit hours
The program requires the completion of a 12-credit hour core in music education, 10 credit hours in music outside of music education (academic and applied/ensemble courses as selected by the candidate), and selected elective courses (2-5 hours). The Final Project (3-6 hours) may be a research paper, a creative project, or a cognate area (six hours of study in a specific concentration and a scholarly document synthesizing this study).

Music Education Courses (12 semester hours)
MUSE 600 -- History and Philosophy of Music Education
MUSE 610 -- Music Teaching and Learning
MUSE 620 -- Assessment Techniques in Music Education
MUSE 668 -- Research in Music Education

Supporting Music Courses (10 semester hours outside of music education)
Courses selected from music theory, music history, conducting, arranging, applied study, ensembles, etc. Prior to taking course work in history and/or theory, the placement tests must be passed or the review courses taken.

Academic Courses (3-7 hours) - A minimum of one core theory [621] or history course is required; see SOM Graduate Handbook for a listing of core courses

Performance Courses (3-7 hours) -  Applied Music lessons (Instrumental or Vocal; may include MUSP 626), Conducting, Chamber Music, and/or Ensembles

Supporting Elective Courses (2 - 5 semester hours)
Graduate level course(s) inside and/or outside of music appropriate to the student's interests and needs. Ball State University workshops may be used to fulfill these course requirements.

Final Project (3 - 6 semester hours)
Options include a thesis, a creative project, a research paper, or a cognate of courses in an area of interest to the student.

The three-hour research/project option (RES 697) requires one faculty advisor; the six-hour project (THES 698) requires a faculty committee of three.

The cognate option requires six hours of graduate study concentrated in one area. The emphasis may be in an area of music or in a relevant area outside of music. A scholarly document that summarizes and synthesizes the cognate studies, relating them to the student's career goals, is required.

Sample Program
A sample course sequence is outlined below. Courses are offered on a rotational basis and do not need to be taken in this order. In addition, the program can be completed in less than three years at the discretion of the candidate – multiple online MUSED core courses are offered each summer. This sample sequence assumes that the candidate passes the required Music Theory and Music History Placement Tests.

Summer 1
MUSE 600: History & Philosophy of Music Education (3)
Applied music: conducting (2)
Ensemble: Summer Band/Chorus/Orchestra (1)

Summer 2
MUSE 610: Music Teaching and Learning (3)
Selected Music Theory or Music History core course (3)
Applied music: private study (2)

Summer 3
MUSE 668: Research in Music Education (3)
MUSE Workshop or Advanced Methods (2-3)

Summer 4
MUSE 620: Assessment Techniques in Music Education (3)
Applied music: private study (2)
Final Project (6) – completed independently under the guidance of an advisor; can be taken during fall, spring, or summer terms. An appropriate final project will typically require approximately one year from proposal development to completion. Candidates should plan ahead accordingly (e.g., proposals may be prepared following summer 3). 

See the SOM Master's Degrees page for more information and access to the SOM Graduate Handbook. 

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