Online Master of Music in Music Education

Scale up your knowledge of music instruction and pedagogy to be a teacher leader in classrooms and beyond.

10/17/22 Next Application Due Date
10/31/22 Start Classes

Program Overview


Why consider the Master of Music in Music Education online program at EWU

$13,200* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
48 Credit Hours

The Master of Music in Music Education online degree program prepares you to teach and lead at an advanced level by enhancing your knowledge of music best practices, research and cutting-edge approaches. You will explore issues in social justice and critical philosophy, well-known teaching methods, technological advances, strategies for music theory and composition and much more.

This NASM-accredited music education online program offers rigorous coursework taught by the same internationally recognized faculty who teach on campus. The curriculum features project-based learning, including a graduate project related to scholarly exploration. A variety of topics enable you to explore your areas of interest or expertise as well as prepare you for the General Music endorsement test.

Be a well-rounded educator ready for a career as a higher-level music teacher, instructor or director. This professional degree does not lead directly to teaching certification.

The Eastern Washington University School of Business is accredited by AACSB International (AACSB).

In this online music education program, you will:

  • apply a variety of approaches to teaching music in an educational setting;
  • understand the impact of diverse populations and culture in teaching music;
  • gain a broad-based educational experience in music education from a history, theory, performance, composition and educational foundations perspective;
  • demonstrate critical and creative thinking as it relates to topics in music education.
  • apply a variety of approaches to teaching music in an educational setting;
  • understand the impact of diverse populations and culture in teaching music;
  • gain a broad-based educational experience in music education from a history, theory, performance, composition and educational foundations perspective;
  • demonstrate critical and creative thinking as it relates to topics in music education.

Music career opportunities:

  • Elementary or Middle School Music Teacher
  • High School Band Director or Assistant Director
  • School Choral Director
  • School Orchestra Director
  • Junior College or Community College Music Instructor
  • Elementary or Middle School Music Teacher
  • High School Band Director or Assistant Director
  • School Choral Director
  • School Orchestra Director
  • Junior College or Community College Music Instructor

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EWU offers a variety of graduate education degree programs in a convenient online format. Check out all our online M.Ed. programs.

$13,200* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
48 Credit Hours

Eastern Washington University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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Tuition


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Tuition for the Master of Music in Music Education online degree program features the same pay-by-the-course rate for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$13,200* Total Tuition

*Tuition and fees subject to change.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$13,200* Total Tuition

Calendar


Plan ahead to meet these upcoming deadlines

Designed for working professionals, the Master of Music in Music Education program is delivered in a convenient online format, offering six-week courses and seven start dates per year. View the full calendar with important deadlines for applications, registration, documents and tuition payments.

Now enrolling:

10/17/22 Next Application Deadline
10/31/22 Start Classes
TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition Deadline
Fall I9/19/229/2/229/14/229/17/22
Fall II10/31/2210/17/2210/26/2210/29/22
Winter I1/3/2312/16/2212/28/221/1/23
Winter II2/13/231/30/232/8/232/11/23
Spring I4/3/233/20/233/29/234/1/23
Spring II5/15/235/1/235/10/235/13/23
Summer I7/10/236/23/237/5/237/8/23

Now enrolling:

10/17/22 Next Application Deadline
10/31/22 Start Classes

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Admissions


Review the details for admissions into this online music education program

Get started quickly and easily with our streamlined admission process for the online Master of Music in Music Education. This master's program is a research-based degree, accredited through NASM and guided by national standards that require a breadth of competence in musical studies. Applicants should demonstrate, through their transcripts or work experiences, evidence of being prepared for success in our music courses, with particular focus to the foundations in music theory and music history.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended

  • Bachelors in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, or a Minor in Music preferred. Transcripts should show accomplishments with core classes in Music Theory, Music History, Aural Skills, and Performance skills. Students with a degree in an area other than music may demonstrate evidence of a solid foundation in Music Theory and Music History through prior course work or work experience in K-12 music classrooms.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded postsecondary credit hours**
  • Official transcript from the college/university where degree was earned
  • Professional resume

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**We encourage you to apply if your GPA is lower than a 3.0 and you have relevant work experience. Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 are considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an Enrollment Services representative at 800-826-3411 for more information.

This offering is available as an endorsement program for teachers who hold or who have held an initial, residency, continuing or professional teaching certificate in the state of Washington. If you do not hold a teaching certificate in Washington or do not hold a teaching certificate at all, you are still encouraged to apply. Please note, however, that this will not lead to a teaching certificate in Washington.

Additionally, this program may satisfy the requirements for states other than Washington. Please check with your applicable licensing board to determine whether this program satisfies requirements for licensure in the state in which you reside. For current contact information for applicable licensing boards, please refer to our State Authorization page or contact Christi Wavada at [email protected].

Document Submission Information

Please do not send transcripts directly to EWU, as this may delay processing your application. If you are ordering electronic transcripts, please select the CAS application as the recipient.

If you are ordering a mailed paper transcript, please have all transcripts sent to:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

Note: You will need to use the Transcript ID form (found in your GradCAS application portal) as part of your submission so that your transcript can be matched to your application.


Courses


Preview the degree plan for your online Master of Music in Music Education

To earn the Master of Music in Music Education online, you must complete 12 courses (48 credit hours), comprised of 24 credit hours of core courses and 24 credit hours of specialization courses. All courses are six weeks in length.

Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Music History Perspectives is a flexible-topic course, which explores different topics in music history relevant to music educators.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Exploring a variety of topics in Music Theory through research and discovery of analytical methods.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
An interactive course that will approach, but not be limited to the following topics: What is my intention as a professional artist? What blocks my ability to perform at the highest levels? What does it mean to live an artistic life? How do I create abundance in my career, both in opportunity and financially? Purpose and Passion–how do I generate those vital aspects of my chosen career path? Artistic mastery–process versus progress. How do I teach successful performance skills?
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course consists of the exploration of teaching strategies for music theory and composition at the K–12 instructional level. Students will research ideas and test them in classroom environments. The course will be project-oriented. Students will learn to integrate and enhance music theory and composition at K–12 level.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Issues such as federal aid, teachers' tenure, teachers' salaries, the political control of education, indoctrination versus education, religious and public education, school-district reorganization, the community-centered school and academic freedom.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Required of all graduate students pursuing the master of education degree program unless an alternative research course is scheduled. It provides the background of research methods and techniques necessary for meeting the requirements of Education 600 or 601. The methods, tools, and strategies used in educational research, both quantitative and qualitative, will be explored. Continued level teacher certification research requirements may be met through this course.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course focuses on reforming and transforming the processes, perceptions and practices of learning and teaching by emphasizing diversity, social justice and equity. First, psychological principles underlying current educational culture will be analyzed. Second, reforming relationships, interactions and contexts for learning will be addressed through reflective practices, and third, rethinking and transforming connections, will be viewed through the lens of learners of diverse backgrounds.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Examining diverse philosophical, curricular and administrative components of community-based music education, spanning life-long learning in increasingly varied settings.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
A preparation for teaching in the modern university environment, examining the role of the professor, and focusing on the development of innovative teaching skills appropriate to the college setting.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Study of the interdependent relationship between society, music and music education.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Exploration of research and theory in the process of learning and teaching music, impacting effective functioning as music performers and teachers.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Exploration of philosophical thinking in the field of music education, with emphasis on philosophical foundations for music learning and teaching.
Duration: 6 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
The Graduate Project for the Master of Music degree in Music Education is a scholarly exploration in the field and may include a written document, portfolio, presentation, pedagogy manual or a combination of any of these approaches, based on a topic approved by the professor.

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