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Master of Music: Major in Music Education

Standards, advocacy and leadership form the foundation of the Music Education graduate degree at Duquesne. An outstanding faculty and demanding curriculum educate students who are capable of implementing the National Standards for Music Education in the classroom, and prepares them to become well-rounded professionals, equipped to contribute to the contemporary music world.

There are several options for completion of the requirements for the M.M. in Music Education. Courses are available:

• On campus courses during summer session
• A combination of summer courses and select on-line, academic year courses; and
• On campus courses during the  academic year


Admission Requirements

1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements as stated in the Graduate Admission and Policies publication.

2. Applicants must hold undergraduate degrees in Music Education (or the equivalent) and be eligible for state-issued teaching certificates in states where their Music Education studies were completed.

3. Submission of a portfolio that highlights academic and professional achievements. The portfolio should contain, at a minimum: Résumé; Copies of Transcripts, Teaching Certificates, and Clearances; Three Letters of Recommendation (from professionals in the field); Professional Statement: Beliefs about Music Teaching and Learning; Description of Teaching and Related Experiences: Certificates: Awards, Honors, Scholarship, Special Training; and Praxis I/II Results. (Additional portfolio sections are at the discretion of the applicant.)

Please note: Teaching experiences in PK–12 school settings are strongly encouraged, but are not a requirement for admission.


Sample Curricula

Three year plan | Four year plan

The Master of Music in Music Education degree program comprises fifteen (15) courses—five each from among the three areas of Music Core, Major Courses, and Electives. Please note the following four points.

1. Some required courses are offered every summer; others are scheduled in alternating summers. Music education courses (required and elective) are scheduled on a three-year rotation. It is important to consult with your advisor for course planning.

2. Unless otherwise indicated by footnote, each academic course is one week in length—Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

3. The Sample Plans below do not include the “Performance” Music Core. Consult with your advisor about how best to meet this requirement.

4. Up to three (3) courses can be transferred into your program. Consult with your advisor for details.


Secondary Concentration

In order to allow for greater curricular flexibility and to tailor graduate study to the professional needs and objectives of the individual student, all degree programs include the option of a secondary concentration which complements the major. Normally, about one-third of each curriculum is devoted to elective courses. The choice of elective courses within the same specific area comprises the secondary concentration. Several possible secondary concentrations are available including music education, jazz studies, theory, music technology, conducting and sacred music. The specific courses which comprise the secondary concentration are determined by the appropriate faculty and the student in consultation with the student's primary advisor.