Music Education M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/music/programs/gradeducation/

Program Director: Dr. Kathryn Evans
Phone: 410-704-2257
Email: kevans@towson.edu

The Master of Science degree in Music Education provides a flexible curriculum that allows students to earn up to 15 elective units in a field of specialization. In consultation with the graduate adviser, students may select a group of courses in which they are interested, such as music education, applied music, music theory, music history, music composition or other graduate areas. More than 50 percent of the course work is with graduate students only. Graduates of this program are usually employed as music teachers in public or private schools in the areas of vocal-general and/or instrumental music. 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in music education or music from a regionally accredited college or university, or certification as a public school music teacher
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 for admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • An interview with music education faculty. Contact Graduate Program Director to arrange a time to meet in-person or virtually.

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Placement examinations to allow MUED-MS candidates to enroll in advanced graduate music theory courses are administered during Department of Music audition dates in January, February, and March. Students may register to take the placement examination on the Department of Music Graduate Programs web page. Successful completion of this examination is required in order for a candidate to be authorized to enroll in an advanced theory class. Students who do not meet minimum requirements may be required to enroll in prescribed courses, which may or may not count toward the degree.

Application Deadline

Priority will be given to students whose applications and transcripts have been received by June 15 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and May 1 for summer admission. Students who miss the priority deadline may contact the program director via email to inquire if space is still available for the forthcoming term.  

Plan A: Master of Science in Music Education with Thesis (minimum 34 units)

Required Courses
MUED 601CURRENT TRENDS IN MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION3
MUED 661SEMINAR IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC3
or MUED 662 SEMINAR IN CHORAL VOCAL MUSIC
MUED 695RESEARCH METHODS IN MUSIC EDUCATION3
MUSA XXXPerforming/Composing Experiences (see Music Applied (MUSA) Private Lessons and Ensembles under Course Descriptions) 3
MUSC XXXHistory or Literature course 13
MUSC XXXTheory or Composition course 13
MUSC 897MUSIC THESIS6
Electives
Selected with approval from any 500- to 800-level courses. A maximum of 9 units may be at the 500 level. Students are required to successfully complete the comprehensive examination covering course content in music and music education10
Total Units34
1

Requires approval of program director.

Plan B: Master of Science in Music Education with Graduate Project (minimum 34 units)

Required Courses
MUED 601CURRENT TRENDS IN MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION3
MUED 661SEMINAR IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC3
or MUED 662 SEMINAR IN CHORAL VOCAL MUSIC
MUED 695RESEARCH METHODS IN MUSIC EDUCATION3
MUSA XXXPerforming/Composing Experiences (see Music Applied (MUSA) Private Lessons and Ensembles under Course Descriptions) 3
MUSC XXXHistory or Literature course 13
MUSC XXXTheory or Composition course 13
Select one of the following:1
GRADUATE PROJECT MUSC (Paper)
GRADUATE PROJECT MUSC (Recital)
GRADUATE PROJECT MUSC (Composition)
GRADUATE PROJECT MUSC (Curriculum)
Electives
Selected with approval from any 500- to 800-level courses. A maximum of 9 units may be at the 500 level. Students are required to successfully complete the comprehensive examination covering course content in music and music education15
Total Units34
1

Requires approval of program director.

  1. Develop graduate-level perspectives on contemporary issues and problems in music education.
  2. Create and use appropriate assessment, evaluation and measurement techniques.
  3. Prepare musical performances that are informed by an understanding of applicable theoretical and historical performance practices.
  4. Utilize research methods designed to improve practices in schools, classrooms, rehearsals and performances, and interpret and frame the results in a scholarly manner.