Music Education, Master of Arts in Education

Offered by Department of Music

Program Information and Admission Requirements

Music Education

The Department of Music offers its graduate program to serve three main purposes:

  1. Provide a comprehensive course of academic study for those students who seek the Master of Arts in Education—Music Education degree;
  2. Make available relevant and engaging graduate courses for those students who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree; and
  3. Provide for graduate students experiences which will serve their cultural and professional needs.

Admission Requirements

Unconditional Admission to the Master of Arts in Education - Music Education degree program will require the following:

  1. Fulfillment of the requirements for admission as set forth by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research;
  2. Completion of graduate application:;
  3. Completion of the baccalaureate degree with a major in music from a fully accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (an official transcript must be sent directly from the undergraduate institution);1
  4. Satisfactory completion of departmental entrance requirements:
    • Submit a Philosophy of Teaching (300-500 words. Include your ideas about the teaching and learning process, a description of how you teach, and why you teach in a particular way based on your beliefs, values, and/or objectives as related to music education.)
    • Submit a Professional Résumé
    • Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of the applicant's capabilities/professional musical experience

MAE - Music Education Policies

In addition to the academic policies listed in the Graduate Catalog that govern all graduate students, the following policies are specific to the MAE - Music Education program:

  1. Students must be fully admitted to the program to take more than 9 credit hours of required/elective graduate level program courses.
  2. Students shall maintain a GPA of at least a "B" (3.); grades below a "B-" will not apply to a degree program.
  3. To receive credit for transfer credit hours, a student must complete a Change in Program of Study form and submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
  4. Course work over ten years old at the completion of the program may not be used for the degree.

Course Prerequisite Considerations

  1. Prerequisite for enrollment in Music History and Theory Review (MUS 802P): Completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% and permission of instructor.
  2. Prerequisite for enrollment in Music Analysis (MUS 801) and Music History (MUS 848, MUS 849, MUS 851, MUS 852): Completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402, Music History and Theory Review, with a minimum grade of "B" AND permission of instructor.
  3. Prerequisite for enrollment in Graduate Applied Instruction (MUS 850): Submission of recording of a performance on principal instrument or voice.

Admission to Candidacy

  1. Satisfactory completion of departmental requirements for admission/Admission to Candidacy;
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least 12 credit hours of UNK graduate course work;
  3. Admission to Candidacy must come prior to registration for the last twelve semester credit hours required for graduation.

Program Completion

Completion of this program requires passing a comprehensive examination covering the following areas: music theory, music history, and music education.

UNK is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

This program is offered online only.

All students are required to complete an exit survey during the semester of graduation or program completion.

Required Music Core Curriculum
Music Theory
MUS 801Music Analysis3
Music History/Literature
Select 6 credit hours of the following:6
Survey of Choral Literature
History of Baroque Music
History of Classical Music
History of Romantic Music
History of Twentieth Century Music
Music Special Topics
MUS 804Introduction to Music Research3
Music Education Support Courses
Required Courses
MUS 800Foundations of Music Education3
Select 6 credit hours of the following:6
Aesthetics of Music
Advanced Educational Psychology
Social Foundations of Education
Philosophy of Education
Performance/Pedagogy Electives
Select 6 credit hours of the following:6
Vocal Pedagogy
Woodwind Pedagogy
Brass Pedagogy
Percussion Pedagogy
Graduate Secondary Applied Instruction Studio
Special Topics in Piano Pedagogy
String Pedagogy
Graduate Applied Instruction
Elementary School Music
Wind Band Pedagogy
Choral Pedagogy
Music Special Topics
MUS 897Graduate Capstone Project3
Select 6 credit hours from MUS 800-MUS 899 courses or other graduate courses approved by the Graduate Music Program Committee.6
Total Credit Hours36