Pennsylvania State University

College of Arts and Architecture

Music Education


509R Business Administration Building

University Park, PA 16802

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.; M.Mus.; M.M.E., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The master of music education degree provides opportunity for advanced study in the art of music, pedagogy, and systematic problem solving. In addition to the traditional academic year program, a ôsummers onlyö option is available. Fulfillment of degree requirements includes successful completion of 30 credits of course work, a comprehensive examination, and a masterÆs paper. (Twenty credits must be earned at the University Park campus.)The master of music degree (36 credits) provides five majors: Performance, Composition/Theory, Conducting, Piano Pedagogy and Performance, and Voice Performance and Pedagogy. The M.Mus. in Performance offers three separate curricula with areas of emphasis in Voice, Keyboard, or Orchestral Instruments. Depending on the area of emphasis, a recital, a composition project, or a conducting project is required. For the M.Mus. in Performance with emphasis in voice or keyboard, a masterÆs recital is required, in addition to either a masterÆs paper or lecture recital. For the M.Mus. in Performance (orchestral instruments), a masterÆs recital is required. For the M.Mus. in Composition/Theory, a composition project and a masterÆs paper are required. The M.Mus. in Conducting offers three areas of emphasis: Orchestral, Choral, or Band/Wind Ensemble. A performance project and a masterÆs paper are required.The Ph.D. in Music Education is designed to provide opportunities for the highest level of scholarly study in the processes of teaching and learning music. Candidates are expected to develop and test new knowledge in the field of music education while preparing themselves for positions in higher education or other leadership roles within the profession. A candidacy exam, a doctoral thesis, and comprehensive written and oral examinations are required.


National Association of Schools of Music (NASM);
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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