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Master of Music, Music Education

Master of Music, Music Education

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Emporia State University offers extremely competitive tuition rates, as well as tuition reduction programs and scholarships.

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Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU  faculty.

Program Description

This concentration is designed to help the music educator advance his or her professional goals. Since all of the coursework is available online, this program is especially suited to students who are currently employed as music teachers and wish to pursue the degree while continuing in their teaching position. Along with a core curriculum of music theory, music history, and introductory research, students take several advanced music education courses.


Specializations include instrumental or choral concentrations. Elective credits allow students to tailor this program to their career goals.

What can you do with this degree?

K-12 Teaching: Advance your knowledge and teaching career to the next level with a Master of Music degree. A teaching license from the State of Kansas is required to teach in the public schools. You may not need a Kansas Teaching License for a private school. Our Master's program does not currently have a path to licensure, although we are pursuing the possibility of offering a Master's Degree licensure path in the future. At this time, ESU does offer some non-degree seeking paths to licensure based on your course hours taken in music.

Teaching at College Level: Our program will allow you to earn your Masters completely online with 32 hours of course work. Having a Masters would qualify you to teach at most 2-year colleges and as an adjunct at most Universities. Many of our international students are able to return home to start careers at a university.

Getting a Doctorate: Our program prepares a student to pursue a Ph.D. in Music Education. This preparation includes advanced study in music education, history, research and learning theories. You would write a thesis that will prepare you for writing a dissertation. The experiences in the Master of Music would also provide the students with the option to apply to a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Performance or Conducting program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants need to complete the online application requirements for both the University and the Department of Music.

University Graduate Studies Admission Requirements and Application

Domestic Students

International Students

Department of Music Application Requirements

Students wishing to pursue the M.M. Music Education Emphasis will submit a digital recording of their classroom teaching, student teaching, or conducting (minimum of 20 minutes) and submit a formal statement of their music education philosophy (minimum of 500 words). The M.M. Music Education Emphasis does not lead to a teaching license in the State of Kansas or any other state or province in the United States.

Department of Music Online Application

Degree Requirements

15 Hours Music Education

  • Research in Music Education
  • Philosophy of Music Education
  • Learning Theories in Music
  • Intro to Technology in Music
  • Instructional Practicum research
  • Capstones Product (Project or Thesis)
    • For the final capstone project, the student will select either a traditional thesis or a research project tailored to a specific interest.

11 Hours Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Research in Music
  • Techniques of Analysis
  • Music History
  • Music History or Music Theory Elective

6 Hours Electives

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Campus Box 4029
Emporia, KS 66801