Academic Programs

Vicki Tam-Anderson, instrumental concentration

Good teaching doesn't happen by accident.

Learn what you need to know by earning your master's degree, doctorate, certificate, or taking courses for professional development through Graduate Programs in Music Education.  Designed for teachers by teachers, our offerings include:

Ed.D. in Leadership with a Concentration in Music Education

In its 28th year, the Doctorate in Leadership is a distinctive program that prides itself on artfully weaving theory with real-life application. Here, you are immersed in the reflective practice of leadership with your fellow cohort members and are able to apply everything you learn – from academic research findings to brainstorms with classmates – to your organization’s critical issues and challenging situations.  Learn more about the program below and by viewing the Ed.D. in Leadership with a Concentration in Music Education flyer.

Master of Arts in Music Education

This distinctive degree program is designed for practicing music educators seeking graduate study that combines theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on musical artistry and teaching style, together with developing students’ research skills. Students take core courses and choose one of the following concentrations:

Orff Schulwerk
Piano Pedagogy

Each concentration addresses the needs of music educators. Instructors are nationally recognized practitioners in the respective areas of concentration.

Certificate Programs

UST's graduate music certification programs are intended for students who want to increase professionalism and proficiency while keeping up with changes in the field of music education. Our certificate programs are aligned with industry-recognized standards and continuing education requirements.

Certificate offerings include:


Kodály Levels I-III
Orff Schulwerk Levels I-III
Piano Pedagogy 
Teaching World Music

For information on Minnesota Orff, Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and other workshops please refer to our events page within this site. For more information on obtaining a credit when attending workshops please refer to Graduate Credit for Workshops

Nondegree Studies

Many graduate music education courses at St. Thomas are open to students who have not been admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) program. The nondegree enrollment option is designed for students who want to try graduate coursework before enrolling in the Master's program or for students interested in educational study leading to academic credit and a university transcript. Up to six credits may be applied toward the M.A. degree, provided that the coursework is applicable to one of the degree concentrations.

‌Over fifty courses and workshops are offered year-round to facilitate life-long learning opportunities for music education practitioners. Subjects include diverse topics such as African Music Ensemble, technology, handmade instruments, guitar pedagogy, lap dulcimer and autoharp, Irish music, interdisciplinary/ multicultural approaches to composition, dances from around the world, early childhood music, developing the child voice, studio recording, and more. To learn more about upcoming courses, please visit our Graduate Course Offerings page.