Master of Music, Music Education with Licensure

The Master of Music, Music Education with Licensure is a full-time program designed for students who hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Music degree and who would like to earn Teaching Licensure in K-12 Music while studying music education at the graduate level. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold an undergraduate music degree
  • Perform an audition on their principal instrument

Students generally complete this degree in three or four years, depending upon coursework completed from their undergraduate degree. Upon admittance the student will meet with an academic advisor to plot out the individual coursework required to receive a masters degree and licensure to teach music in the state of Colorado, following either an instrumental or choral emphasis track. Students complete undergraduate music and education coursework, resulting in a student teaching experience at both the elementary and secondary levels. Upon completion students will be certified to teach instrumental and choral music at the K-12 levels in Colorado. Students in this degree program are expected to be in residency year-round in Fort Collins, taking coursework on a full-time or part-time basis year-round.

Students take content coursework jointly within the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) within CSU’s School of Education, and within the School of Music. Click here for CEP program information.

To prepare for directing a secondary music ensemble, students are required to participate in a University music ensemble for a minimum of two semesters. Thirty credits are required for the graduate portion of the degree.

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available for students in this program.

For more information about Graduate Teaching Assistantships, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.

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For more information about this degree, please contact Dr. Erik Johnson.