Music Education (MM)

The Master of Music in Music Education is a 33-credit program of study. The program is designed for music teachers desiring a Master of Music degree and others interested in studying music education at the graduate level. The degree can be completed in as few as three to four summers, but must be completed within seven years of matriculation. All coursework is offered in conjunction with the Summer Music Studies program. This course of study is a summer-only master’s degree.

This program does not lead to initial teaching certification in K–12 Music Education. All coursework counts toward PA, Level II certification advancement for music teachers with a current Level I certificate. The MM program is a PA Act 48 provider, and a NY CTLE provider.


Program requirements: 33 credits

The curriculum consists of

  • 12 credits of foundational coursework,
  • 15 credits of elective coursework, and
  • six credits of capstone project/thesis coursework and thesis submission.

Foundation Courses: 12 Credits 
Foundation courses provide the intellectual basis for music education as a professional praxis. You’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of music and music education by studying the history of American music education, the sociological foundations of music in American education, and 21st century curriculum instruction and assessment strategies. Technology integration is the fourth foundation area of focus to meet the demands of teaching and learning with 21st century educational tools and resources.

  • Sociological Foundations of Music Education (3c) 
  • Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (3c) 
  • Integration of Technology in Music Education (3c) 
  • Historical/Philosophical Foundations of Music Education (3c) 

Elective Coursework: 15 Credits 
You can customize your education and pursue other areas of study related to your educational needs and interests through elective coursework. These courses are rooted in application-based learning environments, both pedagogical and methodological studies in all genres of music education and production. Courses are subject to change from summer to summer.

A Summer Music Studies student learns to play Guitar.

Elective course content topics include 

  • Alternative Ensembles
  • Concert Band
  • Conducting, Instrumental and Choral
  • Drum Set
  • General Music
  • Guitar
  • Instrument Repair, Band and Strings 
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Technology 
  • Music Production    
  • Orff Certification, Levels 1, 2, 3 
  • Orff Supplemental Coursework 
  • Songwriting 
  • Strings and Orchestra 
  • Vocal/Choral

Graduate Capstone Project/Thesis: 6 Credits 
The graduate capstone project/thesis is the culmination of learning and professional growth established in the degree program. It demonstrates mastery of the course of study through a well-designed and developed capstone project/thesis. Your synthesis of knowledge and skills will be exemplified through an original, creative and thoughtful capstone project and written thesis. 

Thesis/Project Development: Music Education will prepare you for the capstone project/thesis experience. You’ll develop the tools and knowledge to study and write a scholarly and research-based paper, addressing your topic of choice. You will choose Thesis: Music Education or Project: Music Education as the final course of the degree program. These courses are the capstone project/thesis submission courses that you’ll take during the semester you complete and submit your project/thesis. Note that you will choose between a traditional thesis and a capstone project/thesis as your final course.

  • Thesis/Project Development: Music Education (3c)
  • Thesis: Music Education (3c) or Project: Music Education (3c)

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Transfer Credits
Students who matriculate into the Music Education (MM) degree program may transfer up to six graduate level credits in music education toward the degree. These credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program director.

Students who have completed individual courses through the Summer Music Studies program may apply as many as six SMS credits to the elective component of the degree program.

Learn more about Summer Music Studies or email sms@uarts.edu with any questions. 


Jenny Neff, Director, Summer Music Studies + MM in Music, University of the Arts
Jenny Neff

Music Education (MM)
Director, Summer Music Studies & Music Education (MM), School of Professional Studies
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Michael Fein

Music Education (MM)
Music educator, performer and author; Summer Music Studies, Music Education (MM)
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Lori Schwartz Reichl

Music Education (MM)
Author, educator and consultant; Summer Music Studies, Music Education (MM)
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Johanna Siebert

Music Education (MM)
Music educator and writer; Music Education (MM)
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Scott Watson

Music Education (MM)
Music educator, composer and author; Summer Music Studies, Music Education (MM)
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Debbie Wolf

Music Education (MM)
Music educator, consultant and writer; Music Education (MM)

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Samantha Andrejcisk


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Joc Heckman

MM '18

Music Education (MM)
Elementary band and orchestra director, Eastern Lancaster County School District
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Erin Trautmann

MM '18

Music Education (MM)
Middle school band and general music teacher, East Penn School District


Master of Music in Education students are required to pay course tuition and fees in full each semester.  Graduate programs offered by the School of Professional Studies are not eligible for Federal Financial Student Aid. Please contact Student Financial Services to discuss options for alternative and/or private loans at (215)717-6170.

Course fees vary by class and are applied to specific operational costs incurred in certain classes, studios or labs. Payment of fees assigned to courses is nonrefundable. Students are responsible for obtaining their own course materials and supplies. Supply lists specific to each class are included in the syllabi posted online at least one week prior to class.

 Academic Year 2020-2021 

Tuition: $675 per credit / $2,025 for 3 credit course
Fees: Varies by course, typically $50 - $100

Sample Course Plans

Sample course plan as a matriculated student

Summer 1 two foundation courses and two elective courses 12 credits $8100*
Summer 2 one foundation course, Thesis/Project Development: Music Education, and one elective course 9 credits $6075*
Summer 3 one foundation course and two elective courses 9 credits $6075*
Any semester Thesis: Music Education or Project: Music Education 3 credits $2025*


Sample course plan starting as a non-matriculated student and transferring into the degree program

Any semester two elective courses as a non-matriculated student 6 credits $2100**
January–April Apply to the MM program. After acceptance, transfer two elective courses.    
Summer 1 two foundation courses and one elective course 9 credits $6075*
Summer 2 one foundation course, Thesis/Project Development: Music Education, and one elective course 9 credits $6075*
Summer 3 one elective course and one foundation course 6 credits $4050*
Any semester Thesis: Music Education or Project: Music Education 3 credits $2025*


*Based on $675 per credit (MM rate)
**Based on $350 per credit (non-matriculated rate)

1. Complete the online application including goals statement
2. Submit two recent letters of recommendation (send to: ccps@uarts.edu)
3. Current professional resume
4. Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts mailed to the following address:

Summer Music Studies
School of Critical & Professional Studies 
University of the Arts - Terra Hall
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

5. Pay the $60.00 application fee

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