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Arts Education, Music Concentration (MEd) (non-licensure)


The Master of Education in Arts Education, Music Concentration is a non-licensure degree program designed to develop excellence in teaching and creative practice among teachers and community workers in the discipline of music. Graduates of the program can expect to gain a deeper understanding of effective music teaching practices that they can apply directly in their workplace, as well as a deeper engagement with the content of their creative discipline as musicians. **

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The curriculum for the Master of Education in Arts Education, Music Concentration seeks to further develop excellence in teaching through a core of Arts pedagogy courses, while also allowing for deep engagement with creative practice in music through content courses. The Arts Education core requirements, which are shared by students in both the Art and Music Concentrations, have an emphasis on arts pedagogy, and enhance an understanding of best teaching practices in any arts classroom. The courses study dominant current trends in pedagogical theory and methods in the arts, and place a strong emphasis on practical application in a classroom setting. The content area coursework is flexible, and should be customized to suit your own teaching and musical emphasis; these courses are selected to deepen one’s content knowledge and creative practice in music.

Requirements and Curriculum 

Required Core Courses (9 credits)
CRAR 9060 - Foundations of Creative Arts Integration Research
CRAR 9070 - Creative Arts Curriculum Development and Applications
EDUC 9510 - Capstone: Implementation of Best Practices

Music Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Select four courses in MUSC in consultation with your program advisor from among the following:
MUSC 7002 - Research on Women, Music, and Society
MUSC 7011 - Music Teacher’s Methods Toolbox
MUSC 7xxx – Practical Guide to Teaching Music in Our Schools
MUSC 7xxx – Computer Notation of Music with Sibelius
MUSC 7xxx – Music and the Modern Arts
MUSC 7xxx – Music of the Stage
MUSC 7xxx – Music and the Modern Arts
MUSC 8004 - Intermediate Choral Conducting
MUSC 8005 - Musical Arranging
MUSC 8008 - Orchestration
MUSC 8100 - Instrumental Conducting
MUSC 8146 - Technology in the Music Classroom
MUSC 8150 - Graduate Applied Music
MUSC 8200 – Music Learning Theory and Creativity
MUSC 9090 - Music Presentation
MUSC courses numbered 7000-9999

Creative Arts Pedagogy Electives (6 credits)
Select two additional creative arts pedagogy courses from the following in consultation with your
advisor. A course can count as both a Pedagogical Elective and a Music Concentration course, but
the credits cannot be counted twice for the overall program requirement of 36 credits:
CRAR 7xxx – Differentiated Instruction in the Arts Classroom
CRAR 8145 - Celebrating Diversity through the Arts
MUSC 7011 - Music Teacher’s Methods Toolbox
MUSC 7xxx – Practical Guide to Teaching Music in Our Schools
MUSC 8146 - Technology in the Music Classroom
MUSC 8200 – Music Learning Theory and Creativity

Free Elective Courses (9 credits)
Select at least three courses numbered 7000-9999 in MUSC, ART, CRAR, EDUC, EDLM, SPED or another area in consultation with your program advisor.

Note: **For students who will be seeking professional licensure in Music through the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, the four MUSC-prefix courses in the Music Concentration should satisfy the licensure requirements for content courses in Music. Please verify all specific licensure questions with DESE.

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution preferably with (but not limited to) a major or minor in an arts area such as visual arts or music
  • A personal statement outlining the student’s rationale for entering the program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee


Online, hybrid, and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Career Opportunities

The MEd in Arts Education, Music Concentration will assist practicing music educators to develop advanced skills in teaching, particularly in the areas of pedagogical practice, music technologies, and performance, and will enhance content knowledge in their field of licensure. While non-licensure, the program is designed to support teachers who hold an initial license in their individual applications for professional licensure through DESE, and all of our recent graduates who have sought professional licensure have met with success. For teachers already holding professional licensure, the program can assist them in other aspects of career advancement, such as becoming lead teachers, mentors, or curriculum specialists in their schools.

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