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Program Overview


The Master of Music, Music Education program is a flexible 30-credit hour degree program that offers a high level of specialization designed for today's music educators. All students in the program take a 15-hour core that includes courses in musicology, music theory, research, music education philosophy and history, and teaching and learning. In consultation with an advisor, students choose an additional 12 hours of elective courses, tailored to their individual needs. A 3-credit thesis or recital project, designed and completed with an instructor's guidance on a topic of the student's choice, completes the degree. Prior to graduation, the student completes an oral comprehensive exam with a faculty committee.


Entrance Requirements


Entrants must have completed a bachelor's degree in music and be certified to teach. Interested students without certification will be directed to the undergraduate certification program before pursuing the master's degree. A videotape of teaching or conducting, an entrance interview, and a theory and history diagnostic exam may be required. The results of these exams may require remedial preparation before admission (this is called provisional acceptance) through either the applicant's individual effort or by enrolling in coursework prior to admission.




The Department of Music and the Master of Music, Music Education degree are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


For the Professional Music Educator


If you are a working teacher looking for ways to improve your program while earning your master's degree, you need look no further. Shepherd University's Master of Music in Music Education program is designed specifically to fit your needs: your schedule, your professional goals, your budget. music for all citizens. With each practicum you take, you will earn credit while teaching at your own school--guided by a mentor-teacher--applying what you have learned.


Admission Process


-Flexible scheduling; Summer and evening courses -Pay-as-you-learn -One of the lowest cost graduate programs in the region.


Consult with the M.M.M.E. Graduate Program Co- ordinator, Dr. Scott Hippensteel ( or ) Apply to Shepherd University through Graduate Studies:


Practice Out of Theory


Excellent music education is based on good thinking and a caring humanity. What, why, and how you teach is crucial. Practice coming out of reliable, smart theory that takes our world into account leads to better teaching choices, which is why this program will make a lasting difference in your life and those of your students. You will study foundational thinking that leads right into practical lesson planning--what you learn today you can teach tomorrow.


For the Working Teacher


You will be earning a master's degree in your chosen field while still teaching, using a curriculum specifically designed to translate directly, and immediately, into your own classroom. Courses in Kodály, choral conducting, band or orchestral literature, or score study will develop your teaching excellent music for all citizens. With each practicum you take, you will earn credit while teaching at your own school--guided by a mentor-teacher--applying what you have learned.



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