NOTE: All PhD students must register continuously for MUSIC_ED 420 Research Center Seminar (zero credit). Students have the option to take 420 one time for one unit of credit.
Foundations in Music Education (2 units)
MUSIC_ED 421 Philosophical Bases of Music Education (1 unit)
MUSIC_ED 422 Curriculum Development in Music Education (1 unit)
Research in Music Education (3 units)
MUSIC_ED 423 Paradigms and Processes of Research in Music Education (1 unit)
MUSIC_ED 424 Qualitative Research in Music Education (1 unit)
MUSIC_ED 425 Quantitative Research in Music Education (1 unit)
Music Education Electives (Choose 3 units)
MUSIC_ED 401 Proseminar in Music and the Academy
MUSIC_ED 430 Seminar in General Music Education
MUSIC_ED 432 Seminar in Instrumental Music Education
MUSIC_ED 437 Psychology of Music Teaching & Learning
MUSIC_ED 438 Creative Thinking in Music
MUSIC_ED 441 Professional Practicum
MUSIC_ED 463 Teaching High School Non-Performance Cognate Field (3 units)
Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience
During the years of residence, regular participation in the weekly seminar of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience is required. Continuing participation beyond the residence years is strongly encouraged.
As a part of their graduate school fellowship, all PhD students are expected to work as both research and teaching assistants. Students must have at least one written observation of their teaching by a music education faculty member along with any student course evaluations as appropriate.
Presentation Outside the Bienen School of Music
This requirement is designed to stimulate early involvement in the presentation of original research at a regional, national, or international level meeting. This requirement is meant to help the student develop experiences that are consistent with what a professor of music education frequently does as part of professional life.
Waiver of Courses
Any course waived because the student has taken it previously, has had the same course elsewhere, or through proficiency determination, will normally be replaced by an elective course in that area of the program. The major advisor may, upon the student’s petition, exercise discretion in this matter, substituting a course outside the area of the waiver for a good cause.
Qualifying Examination and Candidacy
There are four significant steps to candidacy for the PhD in music with a concentration in music education: (1) successful completion of coursework, (2) demonstration of successful teaching at the college level, (3) peer-reviewed presentation at a professional meeting outside of NU, and (4) successful completion of the qualifying examination. At that point, the student is advanced to candidacy officially and can pursue their dissertation research. Candidacy should be achieved no later than 6 months following completion of course work.
At an appropriate time toward the end of coursework, each student will take a qualifying examination. The examination includes a written portion and an oral defense. Questions for the examination are written by the student with the approval of the examination committee. The answers are presented to the committee in written form and then defended in an oral examination