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Q: What makes the online Master of Music in music education program unique?

A: Typical MMME programs are mostly about research. Ours is different. We take a more practical approach because our program is exclusive to experienced, licensed music teachers. All of our coursework is applicable in the classroom. Kent State MMME students also have the unique opportunity to tailor their program and focus on two of three key areas: instrumental, choral or general music.

Q: What is the vision of the master’s in music education program?

A: The vision of our program is to give practicing teachers a deeper level of understanding and enrichment in music education, specifically as it relates to their particular teaching situation.

Q: What is the mission of the online music education degree?

A: Our mission is to impart to professional music teachers skills, competencies and knowledge that they can apply in their classrooms. In addition, our graduate students are equipped with a range of philosophical and foundational beliefs that can guide them throughout their professional lives.

Q: How is Kent State’s program viewed in the industry? How does it compare to its peers and competitors?

A: Our program is viewed as a leader in music educator preparation. By quantitative, qualitative and anecdotal evidence, our program is second to no other program in the United States with regard to inquiries, number of students and satisfied graduates. Our program has higher academic requirements for admission that include having a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or a Bachelor of Music degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and evidence of state teaching licensure. To be eligible, students must also have at least one year of full-time teaching experience. In this way, Kent State attracts a higher grade of scholar and maintains a level of rigor that other programs simply do not have.

Q: How is the program designed to help teachers advance their knowledge?

A: Everything about our program and course content is developed and designed for reflective practice in the graduate student’s own teaching situation. Students also develop new knowledge by learning from the perspectives of their fellow classmates and having the opportunity to collaborate with other experienced, licensed music educators.

Q: What skills can current teachers expect to improve?

A: Our students improve their instructional design skills by applying current best practices and research-based methodology. Our MMME students also develop new research methods and critical thinking skills by deepening their understanding of content and strengthening their connections to the philosophical underpinnings of music education. With their newly expanded global view of music training and its contribution to human life and culture, our MMME graduates skillfully guide future musicians and music consumers in activities that enrich lives and society as a whole.

Q: What is the capstone?

A: The capstone is the final work students complete for the program. It provides a focused opportunity for our graduate students to create systemic change in their school districts. Our capstone gives students the opportunity to take knowledge and skills learned throughout their graduate coursework and apply them in appropriate and pragmatic ways. Students make meaningful discoveries that can inform the music profession and be implemented into their curriculum. The capstone is meant to help students address educational issues of concern, identify solutions, provide curricular structures and contribute to knowledge within the fields of music teaching and learning. It all begins with individual research and careful selection of a topic that is then developed over the entire course of the program. Students work closely with an expert advisor to become familiar with research and scholarship on their particular topic. The capstone project encompasses a variety of formats and involves reading, writing, creating, designing and composing.

Q: What specific skills or knowledge do students apply during the capstone?

A: Students exercise their skills in independent research, reading and writing. They also learn to merge theory with practice. Students apply various forms of knowledge, including performance pedagogy, philosophical foundations, methodology, assessment, history, theory, multicultural music and technology.

Q: What have prior students deemed most valuable in the online music education degree?

A: All of our students are experienced, licensed teachers. They value the opportunity to take courses in an online format. Their schedules demand this flexibility, and we give it to them. Our students also express an appreciation for the way our courses are designed exclusively for practitioners. The coursework is well structured and rigorous. Lastly, students appreciate the personal attention they receive from our experienced faculty.

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