MM in Music with Emphasis in Music Education

Professionals interested in improving their teaching and advancing their careers in music education at the early childhood, elementary school, middle school, or high school level can earn a master’s degree in music education.

Students encounter a simulating curriculum that is relevant to their career aspirations, taught by faculty who are on the cutting edge of best-practice pedagogy, research, scholarship, and creative activity. Music education faculty members play active leadership roles in international, national and state organizations devoted to improving preK-12th grade music instruction. They also regularly publish their work in premier research and practitioner journals, and remain actively engaged with music teachers through presentations, clinics, and guest teaching and conducting.  

Master’s degrees can be completed either full-time on campus, or part-time while teaching school with evening, summer, and one or two online courses.  Graduate assistantships for full time study may be available, awarded competitively.


The Master of Music in Music Education is a practice-oriented degree. Students who hold a BA or BM in music may pursue teacher certification simultaneously while working on the degree. Students without music teacher certification may be admitted with pre-/co-requisite requirements designated of up to 9 hours in education and/or music education coursework.

Degree Requirements

This degree requires 32 credit hours.  At least 15 hours must be taken in music education, and 16 must be numbered 8000 or above (a course may be counted in both categories: i.e., MUS_EDUC 8150 can count toward both).

Music Education Coursework (15 - 18 credit hours)

Required Courses (3 credit hours each):

Music Education Coursework15-18 credit hours
Foundations of Music Education
Measurement and Research in Music Education
Psychology of Music Instruction and Performance
Advanced Techniques in Music Education-Early Childhood
Curriculum Materials in Music Education-General
Additional music education course(s) as determined by student and advisor, from among those listed below, and depending on course availability3 credits each, unless noted otherwise
Current Issues in Music Education
Problems, Research, or Independent Study (Variable credit, maximum 6 credits)
Music Coursework10-15 credit hours
Music Theory and History: 3 courses, at least one course from each area
Applied Music, Music Techniques, or Conducting: 2 credits from at least one of these areas
Electives2-6 credits hours
May be in Music, and/or Education (e.g., Educational Psychology or Sociology, TESOL, Reading, Early Childhood), and/or in a related area with advisor approval.

Comprehensive Examinations

Written comprehensive examinations are administered by the music education faculty, comprising take-home projects and essays based on the synthesis the coursework completed, and application of the coursework to their current or future classrooms.

Research Option

Students who aspire to pursue a doctorate in music education in the future may wish to complete a formal research project as part of the degree program, in lieu of the comprehensive examinations.  If so, the degree program should include one course in statistics and completion of a publishable research project (4 credit hours total) including an oral examination/defense. 


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School’s website for the minimum qualifications for the MM in Music. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and the application process. Before official admission to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied.