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

Hybrid - Online + On Campus
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In Short

Develop excellence in teaching and creative practice among teachers and community workers in the discipline of music.

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What will I do?
  • Develop advanced skills in teaching, particularly in the areas of pedagogical practice, music technologies, and performance.
  • Enhance content knowledge in your field of licensure.
  • Obtain skills and certification necessary to seek your professional licensure through DESE.

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Program Overview

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.


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

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Total Credits

36 credits

Time Frame

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

Degrees and Other Information

Students will:

  • Be able to effectively articulate and apply current educational theory to teaching and learning situations.
  • Be able to effectively conduct educational research that fosters reflective teaching and informs best practices in an arts classroom.
  • Deepen their engagement as practicing musicians.
  • Expand the range of their knowledge about music, to enrich the scope and depth of their teaching and for their own professional advancement.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of societal issues on the curriculum as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of individual students.

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

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