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Graduate Study in Music Education at the University of Maryland

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Graduate programs in Music Education at the University of Maryland serve as an extension of the undergraduate curriculum, incorporating elements of philosophy, learning psychology, education policy, and research methods as well as practical coursework related to classroom pedagogy and music teacher education. Our graduate students enter the program as excellent music teachers and return to their classrooms as leaders of the profession.

Master's Degrees

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is designed for qualified graduate students holding a Bachelor of Music who are seeking a professional degree in music education that culminates with a final project. This degree is ideal for music teachers seeking to improve their instructional practice, musicianship, and broaden their scholarly understanding of music teaching and learning.

Qualified graduate students who are considering pursuing doctoral study in music or music education after the Master's degree might instead prefer the Master of Arts in Music Education degree, which culminates with a rigorous original research thesis. The thesis option serves as a capstone for master's work and is excellent preparation for the kind of scholarship required by music education doctoral programs.

Coursework for both master's degrees includes three categories of study:

  • Courses in music education (Foundations, Research, Curriculum, and Assessment)
  • Courses in music theory and music history
  • Electives chosen in consultation with an advisor, including music performance options and summer music teacher professional development courses on campus


Doctoral Degree

The Ph.D. in Music Education is designed for music educators who would like to pursue research and prepare future music teachers for work in K-12 classrooms. The degree, which includes a rigorous sequence of courses and colloquia both within and beyond the School of Music, can be completed in as few as three years of full time enrollment. The music education faculty is particularly excited about the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, which allows students to explore and specialize in fields relevant to their areas of personal interest and current trends in music education.

The program is designed to extend and refine students’ prior experiences in musical performance and pedagogy though advanced study in music teacher education and social science research methodology. The program aims to equip students with knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will allow them to successfully integrate the roles of social science researcher and music teacher educator with their prior experiences as musicians and music educators.

To be admitted to the program, applicants must, at minimum: (1) hold an earned bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, at least one of which is in the field of music education, (2) hold state or national licensure—as appropriate to their citizenship—to teach school music, (3) have taught music in a school setting for a minimum of three years. Preferred applicants, with a greater chance of admittance to the program, will: (1) hold an earned master’s degree in music education from a program that emphasized research, and (2) have taught music in a school setting for a minimum of five years

For more information, please contact a faculty member.


Assistantships & Tuition Remission

Full- and part-time assistantships, which include tuition remission and a living stipend, are available to graduate students in Music Education. Assistantships are awarded competitively, based upon applicant merit and departmental need. Interested candidates should contact the Music Education Division Chair, Dr. Michael Hewitt for more information.


Professional Development Opportunities

We encourage our graduate students to pursue professional development through conference attendance and presentation. Students are eligible for support within the School of Music as well as from graduate travel grants available on the campus level.

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)
The University of Maryland is privileged to be a part of the academic consortium of Big Ten universities. Within the Music Education profession, benefits include annual meetings with faculty and doctoral students from peer institutions across the Big Ten as well as many networking and collaborative research opportunities. Additionally, doctoral students can, for no additional tuition, pursue specialized coursework at other Big Ten institutions in addition to their course opportunities at UMD through the BTAA Traveling Scholar Program.