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Heading back to school to earn your master’s degree can be one of the best endeavors for your professional path. However, sometimes it’s not always feasible for someone with an established career to take time off to pursue their studies.

That’s where online learning comes into play.

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It’s the perfect option for someone with a busy schedule to balance work, family, and social life while earning a master’s degree. This enables you to remain involved and active in your personal life while working towards advancing your career and professional development.

For music professionals specifically, pursuing an online master’s degree is an ideal next step for taking everything you’ve learned on campus and applying it to theory and written practice. During your bachelor’s studies, you benefited from being on campus where you learned how to conduct, perform ensembles, undergo student teaching and demonstrate lesson plans. Now, you can take your education to the next level and focus on curriculum design, student assessments and learning how to weave new technologies in your future instruction, all at your own pace and on your own time.

If you’re new to online learning, it may be difficult to understand what to expect, as it’s very different from taking traditional classes on campus. Let’s take a closer look at how online classes work and ways you can benefit from this learning style:

What is the typical structure of an online class?

While the structure of the online classroom can vary, online students generally log into a learning management system where they can view the syllabus, access grades and learning material, connect with professors and classmates and contact support services, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Some online classes are offered 100-percent online, so you can have access to everything you need to complete the course from the comfort of your own home. However, different universities have various class requirements. Some programs require you to come to campus to take exams, complete projects and take part in other special events. This may be an option for you if you have more flexibility in your schedule.

Are you expected to attend class at a specific time?

Again, certain universities have different expectations from students when it comes to logging in and completing coursework during precise time frames. Synchronous learning, for example, enables students to sign in and interact at the same time through interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions, live lectures and more. This is ideal if you have the flexibility to follow a set schedule for online learning.

Asynchronous learning, however, gives online students the ability to work whenever they want. The Glossary of Education Reform created by the Great Schools Partnership defines asynchronous learning as different forms of instruction, education and learning that can take place at different time periods. You can sign in on your own time to watch recorded video lessons, read message board responses and complete course work when it’s most convenient for you, as long as you complete your work by the expected due date.

What are the benefits of taking online classes?

Beyond the flexibility that comes with taking online classes, utilizing this method of learning comes with a variety of benefits, such as:

Customizing your learning environment. Gone are the days of arriving to the library or lecture hall with limited seating. Whether you’re working from the comfort of your own home or another personal space, online learning allows you to create your own learning environment. This can help you get acquainted more quickly, which enables you to concentrate and complete your work faster.

Communicating with professors on your own time. With online learning, your communication with professors is not just limited to lectures and office hours. You can utilize the online database to reach out to professors with questions at a time that’s most convenient for you.

Boosting your career at a convenient pace. When you’re in control of your own progress and pace as an online student, you can spend more time focusing on areas that may have held you back in a traditional learning platforms.

Why enroll in a program at Kent State?

At Kent State, you can benefit from 100 percent online learning with the online Master of Music in music education program. It’s designed to provide flexibility to accommodate demanding schedules of currently working professionals. There’s no need to worry about sacrificing education quality with online learning. Kent State is a highly accredited and ranked university that sets itself apart from other universities for various reasons.

    • Kent State was one of the first institutions to incorporate World Music education into the graduate music education program.
    • The online Master of Music in music education program at Kent State is the largest in the world, helping over 600 students graduate since 2009.
    • Many of the online Master of Music in music education program graduates go on to complete the PhD program as well.

By furthering your studies in music education in an online program, you can prepare yourself for a new role in music education while studying at your own convenience. 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.

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Reasons to consider an online MMME degree

Sources:

What is asynchronous learning
KSU MMME brochure
KSU MMME program details
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How do online classes work

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