This program is designed for elementary and secondary music teachers who already hold a K–12 state music-teaching license or the international equivalent. Specifically, this program is designed to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders in the field of music education by developing and applying scholarly research skills in the field of music education, the in-depth study of advanced pedagogical expertise, and the impact of contemporary learning theory on K–12 music education. 

In this program, successful students will have the opportunity to gain content knowledge regarding the history and philosophy of music education; an understanding of how quantitative, qualitative, and historical music research is conducted; advanced skills in music analysis and interpretation; and a contemporary understanding of the pedagogy of music teaching and learning. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in CSU music ensembles to continue to develop as musical artists. Additionally, students are expected to be full-time students in residence and will likely be given the opportunity to teach or assist with undergraduate music education coursework depending upon level of expertise and program demands.

The degree coursework is designed to be completed over a time span of two years and includes both on-campus and online coursework. Students in this program are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse summer and/or online elective offerings.


Effective Spring 2012

MU 342Psychology of Music3
MU 510Foundations of Music Education3
MU 517Analytic Techniques I 12-3
or MU 518 Post-Tonal Analytic Techniques
MU 520Elementary School Music 13
or MU 521 Junior and Senior High School Music
MU 555Choral Techniques, Style, and Interpretation 13
or MU 556 Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Techniques
MU 630Methods of Music Research 13
MU 696IGroup Study: Performance 12
Music history 13
Music literature 12
Electives 25-6
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.