Master of Music (MM) in Music Education

Conducting class by Larry LevantiThe MM in Music Education is designed to address the needs of music teachers who already hold teaching certification and who are currently teaching in K-12 school settings. MM students are challenged to develop a greater understanding and mastery of music teaching-learning processes, to improve personal musicianship, to become committed leaders within the profession, and to deepen their understanding of critical issues in the field of music education. The degree requires 30 credits of study, distributed among the following areas: music education, music theory, music history, and electives. Electives allow students to customize the degree to fit their particular interests and needs. Before graduation, all candidates must pass a written examination covering pertinent aspects of music education. No audition is required.

Mason Gross also offers the Master of Music Education Online degree program for busy professional music teachers. Please visit our page to learn more about this program.

MM in Music Education Degree Requirements (36 credits minimum)

Music Education

  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education – 3 credits
  • Graduate Research in Music Education – 3 credits
  • ProSeminar in Music Education – 3 credits
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Approaches to Music Learning – 3 credits


  • Music Theory – 6 credits
  • Music History – 6 credits
  • Performance – 6 credits (lessons=2 credits; ensemble=1 credit)

Open Electives – 6 credits

  • music education, music, and/or education

Comprehensive Exam (written)

Comprehensive Exam (oral)