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 choose a concentration in either Choral, Instrumental, Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, or Piano Pedagogy. Each concentration addresses the needs of music educators. Instructors are nationally recognized practitioners in their respective areas of concentration.

The Master of Arts in Music Education curriculum requires 33 semester hours and consists of three elements:

  1. Core courses cover teaching and learning, foundations of music education, musicianship and ensemble, perspectives in music theory, and music education research methods;
  2. A specialized field of concentration offers opportunities to develop specific skills; and
  3. A master's thesis or final project allows students to conduct applied research in music education.

The Master of Arts in Music Education degree program is designed for working music teachers who wish to pursue graduate study without interrupting their professional lives. All courses required for the degree are available during the summer term in an interlocking arrangement of day and evening courses. Field of concentration courses are offered in notations of even- and odd-numbered years. For the convenience of those teachers who live in the Twin Cities' metropolitan area, most core courses are offered also during the fall and spring semesters.

Advising

The program director serves as academic adviser for all students until course work is completed. Degree plans are prepared during the admissions interview.

Admission Deadlines

Summer Term     April 1
Fall Term             July 1
Spring Term        Dec. 1

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six semester hours completed at another accredited institution prior to entering the program may be considered for transfer to meet degree requirements if the course work was:

  1. graded "B-" or better;
  2. taken within the last seven years;
  3. comparable in content and approach with those in the University of St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education degree program:
  4. acceptable at the granting institution toward a graduate degree there; and
  5. not used to fulfill requirements for a previously granted degree.

Transfer credits from another institution may not be applied to Level II or III of either the Orff Schulwerk or Kodály fields of concentration; however, they may be applied to the core requirements and Level I in these fields of concentration.

Six graduate credits earned as a nondegree student in UST courses that also are requirements for the graduate program may be transferred to meet the student's course requirements. The total number of transfer credits from other institutions and the University of St. Thomas may not exceed six.

Core courses provide opportunities for students to place their specific skills within a broader musical and educational context. Areas of study include:

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship and Research Methods in Music Education, 3 cr.  An introduction to scholarship and research methods in music education.

GMUS 601 Teaching and Learning, 3 cr.  An examination of conditions that affect the learning process and ways they can be mediated to influence student development.

GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.  A survey of ideas, forces, philosophies, and values that have shaped American music education.

GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.  An examination and application of traditional and contemporary music theory scholarship.

GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature and Theory, 3 cr.  In-depth consideration of music history, literature, and theory devoted to a particular historical period.

GMUS 750 Musicianship, 1 cr.  Systematic study of applied musicianship skills in tonic solfa and choral ensemble.

GMUS 890 Master of Arts Final Project, 1 cr.  Application of music education research to final projects and thesis writing.

After completing the coursework for the Master of Arts degree in music education, students will complete a Master of Arts project chosen from one of several designs. Each project concluded with submitting a presentation poster and four hardbound copies of a written component formatted according to Graduate Programs in Music Education project-writing guidelines.

M.A.M.E. Concentrations

Our concentrations are designed for teachers by teachers in order to serve professional music educators who wish to strengthen their classroom teaching.

Required music education core courses (14 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 750 Musicianship & Ensemble I, 1 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required choral concentration courses (15 credits)

GMUS 518 Teaching Choral Repertoire, 2 cr.
GMUS 673 Choral Score Study and Literature I, 2 cr.
GMUS 674 Choral Score Study and Literature II, 2 cr.
GMUS 676 Voice Fundamentals, 2 cr.
GMUS 726 Intermediate Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
GMUS 727 Advanced Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
GMUS 728 Advanced Choral Conducting Lab, 1 cr.

Plus one of the following:
GMUS 541 Global Traditions for Choirs, 2 cr.
GMUS 542 Popular Music in Choir, 2 cr.

Choral elective courses (minimum of 4 credits) 

GMUS 517 Developing the Child Voice in the Classroom, 2 cr.
GMUS 523 Teaching Adolescent Voices in a Choral Setting, 3 cr.
GMUS 527 Vocal Jazz Techniques, 2 cr.
GMUS 530 IPA/English/French Diction for Singers, 1 cr.
GMUS 531 IPA/Italian/German Diction for Singers, 1 cr.
GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 574 Applied Voice Study (30-minute lessons), 1 cr.
GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature and Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.
GMUS 742 Kodály Level II, 3 cr.
GMUS 765 American Folk Music, 3 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam

Required music education core courses (17 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 750 Musicianship & Ensemble I, 1 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required instrumental concentration courses (11 credits)

GMUS 570-592 Performance Studies - Piano, 2 cr.
    Major Instrument 30-minute lessons
    Secondary Instrument 30-minute lessons
GMUS 665 Instrumental Musicianship Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 687 Advanced instrumental Score Study & Literature, 3 cr.
GMUS 690 Advanced Instrumental Conducting, 3 cr.

Instrumental elective courses (minimum of 5 credits) 

GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 557 Marching Band Techniques, 1 cr.
GMUS 558 Small Ensemble and Solo Literature, 1 cr.
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 664 Jazz Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam

Required music education core courses (16 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required Kodály concentration courses (15 credits)

GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 731 Orff Schulwerk Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 741 Kodály Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 742 Kodály Level II, 3 cr.
GMUS 743 Kodály Level III, 3 cr.

Kodály elective courses (minimum of 2 credits) 

GMUS 517 Developing the Child Voice in the Classroom, 2 cr.
GMUS 518 Teaching Choral Music to Young Singers, 2 cr.
GMUS 523 Teaching Adolescent Voices in a Choral Setting, 3 cr.
GMUS 527 Vocal Jazz, 2 cr.
GMUS 530 IPA/English/French Diction for Singers, 1 cr.
GMUS 531 IPA/Italian/German Diction for Singers, 1 cr.
GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 570-592 Performance Studies, 1 cr. each
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.
GMUS 676 Voice Fundamentals, 2 cr.
GMUS 727 Advanced Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam

Required music education core courses (17 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 612 Topics in Music History, Literature, and Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 750 Musicianship & Ensemble I, 1 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required Orff Schulwerk concentration courses (11 credits)

GMUS 731 Orff Schulwerk Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 732 Orff Schulwerk Level II, 3 cr.
GMUS 733 Orff Schulwerk Level III, 3 cr.
GMUS 735 Curriculum Development, 2 cr.

Orff Schulwerk elective courses (minimum of 5 credits) 

GMUS 517 Developing the Child Voice in the Classroom, 2 cr.
GMUS 518 Teaching Choral Music to Young Singers, 2 cr.
GMUS 532 Orff Master Class, 2 cr.
GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 671 African Music Ensemble, 2 cr.
GMUS 726 Intermediate Choral Conducting, 2 cr.
GMUS 741 Kodaly Level I, 3 cr.
GMUS 765 American Folk Music, 3 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam

Required music education core courses (17 credits)

GMUS 600 Introduction to Scholarship & Research Methods in Music, 3 cr.
GMUS 601 Teaching and learning, 3 cr.
GMUS 608 Foundations of Music Education, 3 cr.
GMUS 611 Perspectives in Music Theory, 3 cr.
GMUS 651 Dalcroze Musicianship, 3 cr.
GMUS 750 Musicianship & Ensemble I, 1 cr.
GMUS 890 M.A. Final Project, 1 cr.

Required piano pedagogy concentration courses (11 credits)

GMUS 571 Performance Studies - Piano (three semesters of 50-minute lessons), 3 cr.
GMUS 771 Elementary Piano Materials & Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.
GMUS 772 Intermediate Piano Materials & Teaching Techniques, 3 cr.
GMUS 800 Supervised Teaching, 2 cr.

Piano elective courses (minimum of 5 credits) 

GMUS 536 Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 537 Latin American Music, 1 cr.
GMUS 544-xx Topics in Music Education, credits vary (advisor approval required)
GMUS 571 Advanced Performance Studies - Piano, 1 cr.
GMUS 615 Performance Practices, 3 cr.
GMUS 619 Keyboard Literature, 3 cr.
GMUS 773 Advanced Piano Pedagogy, 3 cr.
GMUS 800 Supervised Teaching (additional semester), 1 cr.
Other courses considered for elective credit (advisor approval required)

Non-course requirements

Music Diagnostic Exams
Oral Comprehensive Exam
Piano Recital


The University of St. Thomas Music Department is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Music.

The University of St. Thomas is registered 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.