Music Education

Music education is a calling for musicians who can demonstrate the value of music in K-12 school settings. Music teachers have the important responsibility of nurturing and developing the next generation of music performers, music teachers, and music patrons. At Mason Gross, the mission of the music education program is founded upon the belief that excellent music teaching is based on excellent musicianship. Our goal is to provide a rigorous program of study where students develop high-level music skills and learn the art of teaching.

The Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education degree program includes lessons and ensembles, music history, music theory, ear training, music education courses, and liberal arts studies.  Practicum in local schools is included in the program, and the degree leads to New Jersey teacher certification.

Graduate students enroll in the Master of Music (MM) in Music Education or the Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) in Music Education. Both degrees offer courses in a flexible format designed to meet the needs of practicing music teachers. The Master of Music Education also offers an online degree program for professional teachers.

Undergraduate Program Highlights

  • High job placement rate
  • 4-year completion possibility
  • K-12 music teaching license
  • Field experience in diverse school settings
  • Weekly lesson with performance faculty members
  • Opportunity to perform in a variety of large and small ensembles
  • Opportunity to earn a double degree in music education and performance

Unique Program Aspects

  • Mason Gross music education alumni are recognized for their high quality teaching and leadership within the profession. Alums have held or continue to hold teaching positions in public and private schools throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and in many other states throughout the nation.
  • Mason Gross is a highly regarded professional school where both performance and music education majors receive private instruction from world-renowned artist faculty from the New York and Philadelphia areas.
  • Students receive personal attention through faculty mentoring and advising in order to meet individual needs and interests.
  • Music education students seeking additional performance experience may audition to complete a double major in music performance and music education.
  • A degree in music education may be completed in as few as 4 years.

Music Education Faculty
Music education faculty members teach undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct performing ensembles, supervise student teachers, and mentor students within their specialty areas.
William Berz, Professor of Music
James Busuito, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Assistant Director of University Bands and Athletic Bands
Stephanie Cronenberg, Assistant Professor
Todd Nichols, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Associate Director of University Bands, Director of Athletic Bands
Brandon Williams, Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Choral Music Education

Admissions Information
Undergraduate students wishing to major in music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts complete a music education interview with the music education faculty in addition to an instrumental or voice audition. The purpose of this interview is to further acquaint students with the music education program, and to provide the music education faculty with additional information about applicants. This information is used, in conjunction with academic criteria and audition results, to determine admissions to the program.

Graduate music education admission requirements.

For information about admissions and audition requirements, visit Mason Gross admissions or contact Peg Barbarite at or 732-932-9190.