Why Earn a Master’s in Music Education?

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Music is a passion to be shared — few know this better than music educators. But gaining access to tools that can help grow their teaching skills is a challenge. That’s where an online master’s in music education from Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music  comes in.

This infographic shares information on the competitive nature of K-12 music education across the United States, the state of professional development in this field, the monetary benefits of an MA compared to a BA, and what a music educator could expect to learn in a Master of Music in music education (MMME) program like KSU’s.

Music Education is a Competitive Field

There are myriad opportunities for K-12 music educators in the US, but it’s important to stand out from the crowd.

  •  92.5% of elementary schools require music education, and 98% of secondary schools offer music education
  •  Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin are all experiencing a shortage of music teachers

Improvement and Advancement

Many music educators self-describe their skills as lacking in areas such as:

  • Communicating with diverse audiences
  • Using technology for music education
  • In-person, professional networking


And only 54% of music educators nationwide have access to music-specific professional development in their districts.

However, those that pursue higher education — such as an MMME from KSU Hugh A. Glauser School of Music — may see a pay bump across the board.


At Kent State’s MMME program you can expect access to borderless learning with 100% online coursework, networking with educators nationwide, the ability to graduate in 23+ months, and more. No matter your specialty, will find a student support network and engaging coursework to propel you through the program. Learn more in the below infographic by KSU Hugh A. Glauser School of Music:



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Infographic Sources:
NCTQ via Brookings
Give a Note Foundation


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