The M.M. in Music Education degree at UTC is a 31-hour program designed specifically for working music educators. The program is practical in scope and emphasis, with the aim of helping teachers refine their pedagogy, skills, and knowledge. The program is also flexible and accessible in design and can be completed in three summers of summer study on campus, with twelve credits taken in asynchronous online courses during the intervening fall and spring semesters.
The Music Education concentration offers three tracks:
- Kodály Certification, for K-8 general music specialists
- Secondary Instrumental Pedagogy, for 6-12 instrumental specialists
- Secondary Vocal Pedagogy, for 6-12 choral music specialists
The program includes fifteen (15) hours in the major area, six (6) hours in Music Theory and Music History cognates, and a one-hour Project in Music Education. The remaining nine (9) hours are track-specific. The course of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the graduate advisory committee.
The cornerstone of our program is the summer institutes that take place in June. These include Kodály Certification courses and the Pedagogy & Conducting Institutes for choral and instrumental specialists, during which we host nationally recognized guest clinicians every summer.
In addition to the requirement for admission to the UTC Graduate School, a student wishing to pursue the Master of Music in Music Education should have a B.M. in Music Education or should have a B.M. in Music Performance along with alternative certification and a teaching license in a music endorsement area. If the student does not meet the minimum undergraduate degree requirements, then the applicant should contact the department for an individualized evaluation. The student must write a letter of application stating the applicant’s goals for graduate study in Music Education. Finally, a brief interview will be required with the Coordinator of Music Education.