Degree Requirements

Master of Music: Music Education (1 year)

Program of Study

A typical program of one year includes 3 core courses, 2 courses in an emphasis area, and 7 electives.

Core area (3 units)

MUSIC ED 421 Philosophical Basis of Music Education
MUSIC ED 422 Curriculum Development in Music Education
MUSIC ED 423 Paradigms and Processes of Research in Music Education

Professional Emphasis (2 units)

In consultation with the advisor, students devise a program to meet the expectations of the emphasis areas and their particular interests. Emphases have included instrumental music and conducting, choral music and conducting, music in special education, music cognition, general music, ethnic music, piano or string pedagogy, and technology.

General electives (7 units)

May include applied study for those accepted into an applied faculty studio (maximum 3 units) plus course work. All other electives must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Performance Ensemble

Students must enroll in a major or faculty-directed ensemble for 3 quarters. Chamber music does not fulfill this requirement. Ensemble credit does not count towards the 12 units required for graduation. See Performing Ensembles

Terminal Requirements

A comprehensive oral exam that includes presentation of the student’s portfolio. 

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Questions?

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