Master of Music, Music Education Specialization

M.M. Music Education

The Master of Music, Music Education Specialization is designed for elementary and secondary music teachers who already hold a K-12 State music-teaching license. Specifically, this program is designed to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders in the field of music education by developing and applying scholarly research skills in the field of music education, the in-depth study of advanced pedagogical expertise, and the impact of contemporary learning theory on K-12 music education.

In this program, successful students will have the opportunity to gain content knowledge regarding the history and philosophy of music education, an understanding of how quantitative, qualitative, and historical music research is conducted, advanced skills in music analysis and interpretation, and a contemporary understanding of the pedagogy of music teaching and learning. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in CSU music ensembles to continue to develop as musical artists. Additionally, students are expected to be full-time students in residence and will most likely be given the opportunity to teach or assist with undergraduate music education coursework depending upon level of expertise and program demands.

The degree coursework is designed to be completed over a time span of two years, and includes both on-campus and online coursework. Students in this program are expected to be in residence full-time during the school year and are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse summer elective offerings.

All students in this program are strongly encouraged to undertake the plan A track, which involves one extra semester of coursework to write a master’s thesis. The master’s thesis distinguishes your work in the program and prepares you with the qualifications needed to pursue doctoral work later in the future. Plan B track students do not undertake a thesis.

Because they are full-time, students in this program qualify to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship within the Music Education area. GTA positions are awarded for one year and subsidize half of the graduate tuition. Selected through a competitive application process, students may request a GTA application from the music education faculty after all application material for the M.M. Music Education program have been received.


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

As a music education student at CSU I consistently find myself brimming with new ideas that I can’t wait to put into practice in my own music classroom in the future.” ~ Haley Heer, Class of 2013


In addition to completing Master of Music in Music Education Core Curriculum, a benefit of the M.M. Music Education program is that it is one of the few Master’s programs in the United States that is customizable where students can choose elective courses from the following areas: