Graduate in as few
as 23 months
The Master of Music degree in Music Education is designed to offer music teachers the opportunity to develop and refine their professional skills. The degree program allows for enhancement and specialization relative to music teaching and learning in contemporary school contexts. The program does not provide licensure and is constructed for those who have a music education background and the desire to improve the student and teacher experience in music classroom settings.
Kent State University is synonymous with music education. Some of the leading voices in the field have earned a degree here. Our 100% online program can be completed in as few as 23 months. Our curriculum is created for the music teaching professional. Classes are 7 weeks and you can enroll in two classes per semester, including summer. This format allows you to focus on one area of study and then begin another music education course after a brief recess. We are dedicated to helping you design a program that provides you with exciting new perspectives in your teaching right from the beginning.
The comprehensive Master of Music in music education online program helps music teachers develop their professional skills. The program is differentiated from others in that it is practitioner-oriented, and offers elective courses in specialized music teaching areas.
With this degree, you will have the opportunity to focus your course of study on the aspects of music teaching that are most relevant to your career now and in the future. A master’s degree opens up opportunities to teach post-secondary institutions or apply for further doctoral study in music education or related field. This degree in music education may also help you climb the salary scale, and it may qualify you for leadership positions within your school, district, and state.
Accreditation: This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
For program questions, contact:
Senior Academic Advisor for the Online Master of Music in Music Education
Among the admission requirements of a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, an active U.S. teaching certificate or license, at least one year of full-time music teaching experience in a K 12 classroom environment completed before beginning coursework, and a resume, a goal statement and three letters of recommendation are also required.
The goal statement is an opportunity for the faculty reviewers to learn more about you and your goals. You can also share how this degree will help you obtain your goals. Be sure to submit your best writing. We want to see not only that you have great reasons for pursuing the degree but also that you can clearly articulate those reasons. You might consider having a colleague or advisor read over your goal statement before you submit it to make sure that you’ve communicated clearly. It would be especially helpful to have someone with a graduate degree look at it.
Three letters of recommendation are also required. Try to get letters from a diverse group of people. They should not all be from teacher colleagues. We are looking for two things from these letters: evidence of your effectiveness as a teacher and an assessment of your potential to succeed as a graduate student. Find people to write these letters who can provide information on one or both of those things.
It can take about two business weeks for application packets to be reviewed. Applications are reviewed by program faculty who understand your previous college and teaching experiences.
You can start the program in the Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May) semesters. Check the application deadline for each semester so you can start when you want to.
Yes, there is an application fee of $45; however, if you attend an informational webinar, you can receive a waiver code. Sign up for a webinar.
Yes, our program qualifies for Financial Aid, and students can apply for the FAFSA at https://www.kent.edu/financialaid/fafsa. Students must be enrolled in at least four credit hours to be eligible.
Kent State also offers payment plan options for the Fall and Spring semesters. As of now, summer is not an option. Click below to learn more about payment plan options: https://www.kent.edu/bursar/monthly-payment-plan-options.
Yes, All courses are offered 100% online and are asynchronous. This means that unless you and your professor schedule a meeting time, you won’t be required to attend any scheduled class meetings. You’ll be subject to due dates within each class for assignments, usually once or twice a week.
Canvas is our Learning Management System, and all your classes will be on this site. Many students are already familiar with Canvas from their teaching. It’s also similar to Google Classroom and other LMS.
Courses are seven weeks long, and students tend to take two classes per semester. We use the same structure for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
The only course not on the 7-week schedule is the Capstone course, which will be the last one you take before graduation. It lasts an entire 14-week semester. Courses are offered on a rotation, so you can start at the beginning of any semester. We recommend enrolling in a course for every 7-week term so that you can finish the program as quickly as possible; however, if you need to take a term off, we can work with you to develop a personalized schedule.
You will have a dedicated academic advisor throughout your program. They will help you with selecting and enrolling in courses and working through any concerns that arise.
The faculty are committed to your success. A faculty coordinator will contact you regularly with program updates and helpful advice. The faculty who teach your classes will be either the full-time faculty at Kent State or adjunct faculty who we trust and who are located elsewhere. All faculty in the MMME program are experienced teachers and understand online learning.
You will be assigned a faculty advisor for your Capstone project (and for the Research term if you choose to take it). That faculty supervisor will work with you through all aspects of your Capstone project.
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the international admission website.
Courses for the online MM in Music Education cover a range of topics relevant for educators of music at multiple levels and in various school contexts. These include American music in a historical context, world music, music analysis, assessment and evaluation in music education, and technology in music education. Students will also choose 6 credit hours of pedagogy specialization electives across choral, instrumental and general music, and they will complete a 4-credit capstone project under the supervision of a capstone advisor.
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An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.
Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.
The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken. Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person. Program costs are subject to change without notice.
*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.
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