Classes you can take in Kent State’s music education graduate program

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By pursuing the Kent State online Master of Music in music education program, you can focus on your passion and learn new methodologies, applications and innovative teaching practices to pass on your knowledge in the K-12 classroom environment.

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This 100 percent online program can be completed in as few as 23 months. With the flexibility of online learning, you can meet curriculum requirements while juggling a busy professional and personal schedule.

Graduates from the Kent State online Master of Music in music education program agreed that it:

  • Enhanced their career options
  • Expanded their personal knowledge in the field of music
  • Increased their comfort level of using innovative technology in the classroom
  • Improved their leadership skills

“After being reassigned, Kent State’s online music education program was exactly what I needed to retool more than 20 years after my initial music education training. From applying to graduation, the faculty and support staff were great.” — Jay Thornton, 2014 Graduate

The helpful faculty and staff, convenience of the online format and relevant subject matter are what keep students engaged and excited about the program. Let’s take a closer look at some of the courses you can take:

Technology for Music Teaching and Learning (MUS 67243)

This popular course teaches fundamental concepts and skills for utilizing technology as a music educator. You’ll explore hardware, software applications and online resources to learn how they’re used for creating, performing and responding to music.

Foundation of Music Education (MUS 63274)

Dig deeper in music education by learning about the field from various perspectives related to contemporary music teaching and learning, including sociology, psychology, philosophy, curriculum, history and comparative curricula. This course teaches you how to discuss different aspects of music, and is an ideal initial stepping stone in your master’s journey.

Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning I and II (MUS 63241, MUS 63242)

In Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning I, you can learn how to conduct and present assessments, evaluations and research on music teaching and learning in a classroom context. Discussion topics include issues of research in music education, as well as how such issues can influence music education in school.

In Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning II, you can learn how to pursue action research, with a focus on trends and techniques in music education. This course aims to help you continue learning about the issues in music education and improve teaching skills, but also to prepare future teachers to look at their classroom as a gateway for enhancing students’ knowledge.

America’s Music (MUS 52131)

In this course, you can learn about the nation’s past and present contribution to art, folk and popular music. Each style of music is assessed in its historical and cultural context, giving you the opportunity to learn how to teach a variety of different types of music.

Music Analysis (MUS 61170)

Learn about theoretical study and the analysis of Western art music from the Baroque time period up until the early 20th century. The goal of this course is to broaden your theoretical knowledge and help you learn how to apply it throughout your teaching. You can learn how theoretical skills have been refined over time and discover detailed score study works, ranging from reading keyboard to orchestral music.

Music from World Cultures (MUS 52171)

This course delves deep into the music from countries all over the world through collaborative and hands-on learning. You can study selected art, folk and other popular music from various cultures through organology, style analysis, cultural association and listening techniques.

Capstone Project (MUS 63198)

You’ll work under the supervision of a capstone advisor to demonstrate the knowledge you’ve learned in the program through a project that relates to your musical area of interest. After completion, this final project is reviewed by a special committee and must be approved before you can graduate. There are different types of projects to choose from, including:

  • Literature review on a chosen topic
  • Program design tailored to the needs of your K-12 setting
  • Curriculum design to be implemented in specific courses you are teaching
  • Professional development presentation
  • Action research designed to answer a question that arises in your class

Students are expected to complete 10 courses to graduate.

Are you interested in pursuing the Kent State online Master of Music in music education? Visit or call 1-888-989-7072 to speak with an enrollment advisor today.

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