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Music Education M.M.E. Program

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M.M.E. with a Major in Music Education

Course and Proficiency Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. At least one-half of the required credit hours must be in courses open only to graduate students. At least 20 of the hours must be in regularly scheduled classes excluding directed study, research, and thesis.

Course Distribution

  • At least 17 hours in MEMT including MEMT 812 Research in Music Education and Music Therapy (3 hours), MEMT 899 Master’s Thesis (3-5 hours if thesis option) or MEMT 898 Comprehensive Examination (1 hour if nonthesis option), and additional hours to reach the minimum elected from 700- and 800-level MEMT courses, subject to the adviser’s approval. At least 2 courses must be at the 800 level.
  • At least 10 graduate hours outside of MEMT, including
    – at least 2 hours of applied music or conducting;
    – at least 3 hours in musicology, theory, or composition;
    – at least 3 hours in a supportive elective area; and
    – additional non-MEMT hours necessary to reach the minimum.

All of these selections are subject to the adviser’s approval.

Final Examination

The final oral examination is administered by the student’s adviser and at least 2 other members of the Graduate Faculty. The examination must pertain to the student’s thesis but is not confined to that topic.

Nonthesis Option

Students may elect to earn the M.M.E. with a major in music education using the nonthesis option, which functions as a terminal degree. The nonthesis option requires a total of 30 hours of credit. This option culminates with a 1-credit-hour comprehensive final examination (MEMT 898 Comprehensive Examination).

More information about the thesis or nonthesis option is available in the MEMT Graduate Handbook.

Plan of Study

The Master of Music Education with a major in music education program plan outlines are available on the MEMT website.

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