It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Website for Graduate Programs in Music Education (GPME) at the University of St. Thomas where you will find information about our Master of Arts in Music Education degree program as well as all other nondegree programs, courses, and workshops.
You will also be able to access the music viewbook, forms, newsletters, brochures, and handbooks on this site. For current GPME information please use the navigation links to the left of your screen. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the GPME office:
Mail: University of St. Thomas
Graduate Programs in Music Education
2115 Summit Avenue. LOR 103
St. Paul, MN 55105
Telephone: (651) 962-5870
Toll free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5870
The Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas is a 33-credit degree program designed for professional music educators who wish to strengthen their classroom teaching effectiveness by combining theoretical and applied study in a graduate program. Designed by teachers for teachers, our M.A. Degree is a stimulating alternative to traditional graduate study. Internationally recognized educators and musicians—many of whom teach in elementary and secondary schools—serve as faculty for this graduate program. Our work encourages a continual process of music education reform. We initiate programs that address practitioners' musical, intellectual, and professional needs. We value classroom practice, theory, and research equally in our quest to improve the quality of music education.
Artistry in teaching is an important outcome of the University of St. Thomas' theoretical and practical course of study. Teacher/artists are masters of their subject and possess a broad perspective of the cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts of their discipline. They practice their musicianship and maintain high performance standards, using excellent materials. Teacher/artists understand current educational practice and adeptly combine rigorous, theoretical scholarship with practical training. In their constant quest to refresh their outlooks and expand their capabilities, teacher/artists are lifelong learners. These tenets and this spirit form the core of the Master of Arts in Music Education degree at the University of St. Thomas.
The unique Master of Arts in Music Education degree program at St. Thomas is designed to:
The St. Thomas M.A. degree program provides for intense and thorough study in five areas of concentration within the context of the degree program: Choral, Instrumental, Kodály, Orff Schulwerk and Piano Pedagogy. Each course of study affords a fresh opportunity to meet a wide range of musical, intellectual, and professional objectives. The emphasis on summer study, with its healthy mix of local, national, and international graduate students, provides a stimulating learning environment. Core courses, required for all students, present opportunities to gain a wide perspective on, and appreciation for, the shared commitment of music education professionals at all levels. Students in the Kodály and Orff concentrations earn certificates endorsed by the respective national organizations—the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the American Orff Schulwerk Association—as part of their degree programs.
The faculty, staff, and students in our M.A. program welcome your interest in St. Thomas' Master of Arts in Music Education. I hope you will join this lively community of talented and committed teacher/artists, and become a part of the St. Thomas tradition of excellence and inspiration.
The University of St. Thomas is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The University of St. Thomas is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy
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"The in-depth coursework and study at UST challenged me to articulate and rationalize a personal philsosphy of music education. Not only was I challenged to become a better teacher, but also I was challenged to become a more well-rounded musician. UST taught me how to use research as a tool for improving the quality of my teaching. The UST faculty are at the forefront of the most current trends in music education."
Maple Grove, Minnesota