The Master of Arts in Teaching – Music Education (MAT) is an advanced teacher certification program for professional musicians desiring a master’s degree and certification to teach music in K-12 schools as well as in other educational settings and for related careers. It is a unique program in that candidates for the MAT typically will have completed undergraduate studies in applied music, composition, theory, musicology, or other professional areas. MAT graduates are eligible to receive K-12 certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education to teach music.

There is a decisive moment in the life of every musician — a moment where the music, the practice and the art coalesce and the decision is made to commit a lifetime to making music. And there are some musicians who choose to share their passion with others — to stand in front of a classroom, a stage or an ensemble and help young people discover their own path through music. Keith Hodgson, head of the Music Education Division and program director, uses the term musician-educator to talk about those musicians who have decided to share their talents in the field of education.

Community Engagement & Social Impact
Each year, University of the Arts graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education program and 7th–9th graders from Pennfield Middle School in the North Penn School District located in the suburbs of Philadelphia come together for “MAT Collaboration Day,” a uniquely special occasion in which UArts students have the opportunity to apply pedagogical elements of their degree program in meaningful collaboration with Philadelphia youth. The day is packed full of lessons, critiques, rehearsals and performances, giving school children the chance to try on the mantle of musician and demonstrating for UArts students the crucial part arts education plays in shaping young people’s lives. “It gave me the chills when I looked at the photos,” commented Pennfield Middle School Principal. MAT Collaboration Day, the brainchild of Beth Sokolowski, former director of Music Education at UArts, is for her a hallmark of the program. “Public school educators and administrators outside of the artist classrooms need to see the value and purpose in what we do, what we bring to kids and why the arts are so valuable in public education.”

In addition to MAT Collaboration Day, renowned music educators from across the country provide clinics, Skype sessions and special seminar sessions to enhance the foundations of the program.

Faculty of the program include widely celebrated musicians and educators such as Jarred Antonacci BM ’09 (Trombone), Chris Argerakis MAT ’08 (Music Education), Michael Britcher, Jason Chuong BM ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education), Matt Gallagher MM ’01 (Jazz Studies), Michelle Przybylowski, Tiffany Jones MAT ’11, John Lindner, Dr. Debbie Wolf and Jeffrey Kern, who through wide networks within the music and education fields open up opportunities for playing and teaching to students throughout their tenure at UArts and beyond.

Keith Hodgson, Director of Music Education
Keith Hodgson

Music Education (MAT, MM)
Director, MAT in Music Education
Matt Gallagher, Associate Professor
Matthew Gallagher

MM '01

Jazz Studies (MM)
Associate Professor

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education program provides the opportunity for those passionate about both music and education to develop and refine the intellectual, pedagogical, teaching and musical skills necessary for advancement. Candidates are required to have completed undergraduate studies in applied music, composition, theory, musicology or performance to meet the demands of the program.

Coursework includes comprehensive instruction in the use of music education technology, field-based learning experiences and site-based pedagogy courses providing direct feedback on instructional effectiveness as well as a comprehensive student teaching component. The program readies students for careers teaching music in a K–12 setting and prepares students for passing all required Praxis exams in order to become certified teachers in the state of Pennsylvania.

Sample Curriculum
Total Credits: 36
Duration: 1 year full-time, pending all co-requisites are met

FALL

Music Pedagogy III: Pre-K–Grade 4 (3c)
Music Pedagogy IV: Grades 5–8 (2c)
Alternative Ensembles (2c)
Student Teaching: Elementary (4c)
Student Teaching Sem: Elementary (1c)
Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education (3c)
Curriculum and Assessment (3c)
 

SPRING

Music Pedagogy V: Grades 9–12 (2c)
Music Pedagogy VI: Vocal/Choral (2c)
Conducting and Rehearsal Tech: HS and Comm. (3c)
Student Teaching: Secondary (4c)
Student Teaching Sem: Secondary (1c)
Sociological Foundations of Music Education (3c)
Integration of Technology in Music Education (3c)

For complete course descriptions, please visit the course catalogue.

course catalogue website

Jason Chuong ’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education)
Jason Chuong

’08 (Percussion), MAT ’09 (Music Education)

5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education
Music Teacher, Philadelphia Public Schools; Senior Lecturer at UArts

How to Apply

Application Deadline: The University of the Arts operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning there is no specific application deadline. However, graduate programs are filled on a space available basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply early as some programs may fill. Additionally, certain scholarship awards may have priority consideration deadlines. Please review Graduate Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarship information here.

To apply, the following materials are required:

  • Application Fee of $60 (nonrefundable; submitted with your application)
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate schools attended are required and must demonstrate:
      • Successful completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher) of an undergraduate degree in musical performance, composition, theory, history/literature or related field from an accredited college or university.
      • Successful completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher) of co-requisite coursework and/or acquired competencies as follows:
        • Introductory course in Educational Psychology
        • Course in Child Growth Development
        • Knowledge of current issues, trends and methods in music teaching and lesson planning
        • Actual field experience involving observation, teaching and lesson planning
        • Functional skills on piano
        • Course in basic conducting and score reading
        • Course in orchestration/arranging
          Note: Co-requisites may be satisfied through the following:
          • Completion of the Music Education minor at UArts
          • Individual examination
          • Documented professional experience
          • Completion of appropriate courses at another institution
    • Transcripts should be issued directly by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) attended and sent to the Office of Admissions, The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or via email to gradcredentials@uarts.edu.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation may either be requested through the online application form, or mailed to the Office of Admissions. At least two must come from professors or professional in your field familiar with your capabilities and credentials. The third may be from a colleague, collaborator or a peer.
  • Statement of Intent & Resume
    • Your Statement of Intent & Resume are uploaded and submitted as part of your online application. What do you hope to gain by your studies at the graduate level? Your resume should highlight all of your professional accomplishments including employment, internships, honors, exhibitions and publications.
  • Teaching Sample
    • A video of at least ten minutes of classroom or private teaching (may be simulated), and/or conducting that demonstrates the applicant's teaching skill and musicianship.
  • Audition
    • Successful live or taped performance audition. Audition may be waived for Bachelor of Music graduates of the University of the Arts. Graduates, please contact the Office of Admissions for specific audition requirements.
  • Personal Interview
    • After the application has been processed, each applicant is contacted for a personal interview conducted by the program director. For applicants who cannot interview at the university, interviews can be conducted via telephone or Skype.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit:

  • Official Transcripts and Transcript Evaluation

    • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. A transcript evaluation by a NACES-approved evaluator is required in order for an application to be complete, and a decision made. A Course-by-Course report is required and it is the applicant's responsibility to contract directly with the agency for this service and provide the necessary documents. While applicants may use any NACES-approved accredited evaluating agency, the University recommends World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (iBT) or 580 (PBT) or higher, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is required for unconditional admission.

Applicants who meet the academic and creative requirements for admission but whose scores do not meet the English proficiency requirement for degree study may receive an offer of conditional admission that first requires enrollment in the University of the Arts' English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI). Applicants who successfully complete Level 9 of ESL study in ESLI will then be able to begin their degree program studies.

In special circumstances, applicants who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS can request a waiver of this requirement. The request should be submitted in writing and include the reason for opting not to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams. Requests will then be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may require an interview.