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Admission Requirements

To begin the application process or for more information, please contact your enrollment advisor. 

To apply to the online music education program, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

-       Undergraduate degree:

o   Bachelor’s degree in music education from a regionally accredited institution that adheres to the general guidelines for undergraduate competencies in music theory, music history, music performance, conducting, ensemble participation and music education preparation as established by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); OR

o   Bachelor’s degree in music from a regionally accredited institution, plus documentation showing how you successfully completed your state’s licensure requirements to teach in school settings

-        Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

-        Active U.S. teaching certificate or license

-        At least one year of full-time music teaching experience in a K-12 classroom environment

Please note: The GRE, GMAT or MAT are not required for admission, nor are ensemble or performance auditions.

Academic Calendar

The Master of Music in music education is designed with active music educators in mind. With three convenient start dates (Spring, Summer, Fall)  and applications accepted throughout the year, you won’t have to wait long to begin.

Tuition and Fees

The following cost estimates are for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students should plan to pay registration and enrollment-related charges at the beginning of each semester. The university reserves the right to change fees without notice.

Application Fee $45
Courses Required to Graduate 10 (31 credit hours)
Cost Per Credit Hour $655
Distance Learning Fee $15 per credit hour
Nonresident Fee Non-Ohio resident students are charged a separate fee of $10 per credit hour

For those who qualify, financial aid and tuition assistance may be available. For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees, or to discuss financing options, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your online music education degree is an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees, in some cases up to 100 percent of tuition costs.

Our admissions department can assist you in exploring alternative financing options. Options include the Federal Stafford Loan, the Alternative/Supplemental Educational Loan, employer tuition assistance or private loans. For more information, please contact an enrollment advisor today.

Applying For Financial Aid

Eligibility for financial aid is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Follow the steps below to find out what types of educational financial assistance you may qualify for.

Step 1: Gather your personal and financial documents.
Step 2: Filling out the FAFSA can be accomplished electronically. To do so you should sign up for a Personal Identification Number (PIN)This is the recommended method because your PIN will both speed up the application process and allow you to track your FAFSA more easily online.
Step 3: Once you have been provided a PIN you can proceed to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you’re done, use your PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA, or print it out, sign it, and follow the mailing instructions.
Step 4: In a few weeks, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is your opportunity to correct mistakes you might have made and finalize the FAFSA process. You’ll need to use your PIN to electronically sign the Student Aid Report, or print it out, sign it, and follow the mailing instructions.
Step 5: Congratulations, you have completed the FAFSA application process. Your Student Aid Report will automatically be sent to the school, and you will now know how much, and what federal financial aid options are available to you.

If you have further questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, obtaining your PIN, or the Student Aid Report, please contact an Enrollment Advisor.


The Kent State online master’s in music education program can be completed 100 percent online in as few as 23 months. The curriculum consists of 10 courses for a total of 31 required credits.

MUS 63274 – Foundations of Music Education (3 CR)

Study of the field of music education from perspectives of sociology, psychology, philosophy, curriculum, history, comparative curricula and other issues related to contemporary music teaching and learning. As the starting course in the degree, students engage in discussion about these important topics to begin their journey of online graduate study in music education.

MUS 63241 – Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning I (3 CR)

Conducting and presenting assessment, evaluation and research on music teaching and learning with emphasis on understandings and usage in classroom contexts. This course further serves to discuss issues of research in music education, but with a focus on how it can positively influence music education in schools.

MUS 63242 – Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning II (3 CR)

Looking at trends and techniques with a focus on action research. This method allows teachers to look at their own classrooms as means to increase knowledge about their students’ learning styles and improve teaching skills.

MUS 67243 – Technology for Music Teaching and Learning (3 CR)

Fundamental concepts and skills for using technology in music teaching and learning. Course content and activities involve exploration of hardware, software applications and online resources useful for creating, performing and responding to music, as well as assessment of students and administration of programs.

MUS 61170 – Music Analysis (3 CR)

This course focuses on theoretical study and analysis of Western art music from the late Baroque to the early 20th century. Emphasis is placed on both the refinement of existing theoretical skills and detailed score study in various genres ranging from keyboard music to orchestral works. The goal is to deepen analytical/theoretical knowledge and apply that knowledge pedagogically.

MUS 52131 – America’s Music (3 CR)

This course provides a broad survey of art, folk and popular music in the United States, both past and present. Emphasis is placed on examining each type of music in its appropriate historical and cultural context, and on enhancing the ability to understand and teach a wide variety of musical styles.

MUS 52171 – Music from World Cultures (3 CR)

Study of selected art, folk and popular music from several world cultures with an emphasis on listening skills, organology, style analyses and cultural associations. Collaborative learning is a major component of the course.

MUS 63261 – Advanced Studies in Teaching Choral Music* (3 CR)

Development of teaching materials and instructional strategies for choral music with emphasis on rehearsal procedures and analytical techniques. The course evaluates choral methods used across various grade levels, from elementary to high school.

MUS 63262 – Advanced Studies in Teaching Instrumental Music* (3 CR)

Development of teaching materials, instrumental repertoire and instructional strategies for instrumental music education. Topics include rehearsal procedures, learning methods, band and orchestra instruction, musical and program topics, and looking at instrumental teaching through a sociological lens.

MUS 63263 – Advanced Studies in Teaching General Music* (3 CR)

Design and implement effective instruction by acquiring strategies, tools and research for the general music classroom. Content areas include program development, general music approaches, inclusion, strategies for addressing all national music standards, curricular materials and transferring theory into practice. Teachers will also engage in professional writing and collegial discourse about current trends in general music education.

MUS 63198 – Capstone (4 CR)

Working under the supervision of a capstone advisor, students demonstrate synthesis of knowledge through the development of a curricular or related project applicable to the student’s area of interest in music teaching and learning. This final project is committee reviewed. In certain instances where students may engage in extended capstone projects, an optional research course is available in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

*Choose two electives.



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