What is a Master of Music in Music Education Online Degree?

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A career in music education allows you to explore your own passion in the arts and help students engage and develop their own interests in music. The Kent State online Master of Music in music education program teaches current K-12 music teachers the tools they need to further drive change, encourage involvement and advance the arts at a systemic level.

After completing the online program at Kent State, 90 percent of graduates polled in an email survey agree that it features a relevant, practical, challenging and forward-thinking curriculum that can elevate their career in music education.


Let’s take a closer look at the school’s accreditation and the program’s admission requirements, curriculum and learning outcomes.

Why choose the MMME at Kent State?

The goal of the Hugh. A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University is to help students advance their music careers while broadening their intellectual horizons through professional and avocational study. The faculty and staff are passionate music educators with in-depth teaching experience who are dedicated to helping current music educators advance and adapt to the changing world of music education.

“One of the rare things I bring to my position comes from spending 30 full years in a classroom. That carries with it credibility, as opposed to someone who taught for five or six years. I can identify the trends I notice and share the things that are common to every generation in public school classrooms.” — Dr. Christopher Venesile, Program Coordinator

Below are some of the school’s rankings and accreditations:

  • Accredited by National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Kent State is affiliated with the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranked Kent State among the nation’s top 74 public high-research universities.

The Kent State online Master of Music in music education program is 100 percent online, giving students the flexibility to accommodate demanding professional and personal schedules.

Admission requirements

Requirements to apply to the online music education program at Kent State include:

1. An undergraduate degree (one of two below):

  • A bachelor’s in music education from a regionally accredited institution that follows the general guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Music in competencies such as music theory, music history, music performance, conducting, ensemble participation and music education preparation.
  • A bachelor’s degree in music from a regionally accredited institution, as well as documentation that supports the completion of your state’s licensure requirements to teach.

2. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, minimum.
3. An active U.S. teaching license or certificate.
4. One full year’s experience of full-time music teaching in a K-12 classroom.

Neither ensemble and performance auditions nor the GRE, GMAT or MAT are required for admission.


Kent State’s online music education degree is based on a dual-focused curriculum which allows you to personalize courses based on your interests, whether that’s general music, instrumental or choral. These specializations can offer a sense of security and flexibility as you advance your career in music education.

Students can complete this 100 percent online program in 23 months and must complete 10 courses for a total of 31 credits. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Music Education
  • Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning I
  • Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning II
  • Technology for Music Teaching and Learning
  • Music Analysis
  • America’s Music
  • Music from World Cultures
  • Advanced Studies in Teaching Choral Music
  • Advanced Studies in Teaching Instrumental Music
  • Advanced Studies in Teaching General Music
  • Capstone Project

Learning outcomes and goals

The Kent State online Master of Music in music education program dives deep into music history, theory, practice, pedagogy and application, giving students the knowledge and skills needed to advance in the ever-changing industry of music education. Throughout the program, advisors and educators will encourage you to update your lesson plans based on your new skills, teaching you how to analyze and improve your techniques in the real world.

  • By the time you complete the program, you should understand how to:
  • Better connect with students and cater your teaching to individual situations
  • Improve your instruction and planning
  • Comfortably use relevant technologies in the classroom
  • Drive change in the industry by motivating and encouraging students to make a difference
  • Continue building your own advocacy, communication and leadership skills

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

Recommended Readings:
Characteristics of Effective School Leaders
The Value of Music Education in Elementary Schools
Get to know the Program Coordinator

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Master of Music in music education graduate outcomes
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