Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education program is not open for enrollment.

Master of Music Education

CIP 13.1312

ACCREDITED BY: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Total Curriculum Requirements (30 Hours)

Requirements for Admission: an undergraduate music major, or the equivalent, with teacher certification

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How to Prepare for Grad Theory at Murray State

Professional Education Courses — 12 hrs

  • MUS 600 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Music Education

  • MUS 601 Psychological Foundations of Music Education

  • MUS 602 Curriculum and Assessment in Music

  • MUS 639 Methods of Research in Music Education

Specialization Component — 12 hrs

  • Music Theory

    • MUS 610 Advanced Music Theory and Analysis

  • Music History

    • MUS 659 Advanced Music History and Literature

  • Music Education

    • MUS 629 Contemporary Instructional Practices in Music Education

    • MUS 642 Seminar in Music Teaching


  • Non-Thesis Requirements — 6 hrs

    • Approved MUS electives, 600-level (6 hrs)

  • Thesis — 6 hrs

    • MUS 698 Music Thesis I

    • MUS 699 Music Thesis II

Each candidate’s program is individually arranged with approval of the graduate coordinator in the Department of Music. The program is in accord with requirements for the Kentucky Certificate for Teaching Music Grades K-12 and includes a 12- semester-hour specialization component. The program may be completed in four semesters. Two summer terms are required.

The Master of Music Education degree is a hybrid program bridging online classes with face-to-face learning environments utilizing conferencing software. This engaging degree is designed to help develop the candidate's qualities of professional leadership and explore diverse musical cultures. The curriculum emphasizes the investigation of important ideas and practices pertaining to music education, continues the development of musical skills and concepts and provides opportunities to acquire greater breadth of musicianship and leadership in music education. Graduates may be public school music teachers or teach at the college/university level.

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.


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