Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

This program prepares graduates to become creative and highly qualified music educators in PreK–12 schools. Throughout their course of study, students grow and develop their pedagogical skills through cutting-edge curricula, opportunities for guided field experience, and engagement with diverse populations of students—all while interacting with a collaborative community of peers, faculty, and in-service teachers. Coursework includes music education methods, instrumental and vocal techniques, conducting, music theory, private instrument/vocal study, and student teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with a music education concentration with qualification for initial teacher licensure in Massachusetts. Because of reciprocity agreements between states, you may be able to transfer your license to another state. However, the College of Education at UMass Amherst makes no guarantees that this program meets teacher licensure requirements in any state other than Massachusetts.

Note: The BM Music Education is not currently available to students auditioning as Jazz majors. However, it may be possible to pursue the Music Education and Jazz concentrations separately.

If you are seeking licensure in another state, contact Professor Daniel Albert for more information about how to determine if this program will be appropriate for you. Access to your state's licensing agency is available through the Teacher Licensure Agency Directory.

Licensure

Post-Baccalaureate Music Teacher Licensure Program

This program is administered jointly by the College of Education and University Without Walls.

Qualification: All applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in music (any area).

Description: This program provides coursework leading to qualification for a Massachusetts Initial Educator License in Music: All Levels (PreK–12).

Admission Deadlines:

  • Spring admission: October 1

  • Fall admission: March 1

Application Process:

As part of the application process, candidates must submit transcripts for review. Each transcript is carefully compared to the standard sequence of music content courses required of licensure candidates at this university. When courses are identified as missing, candidates must complete the designated undergraduate courses to satisfy requirements and fulfill the Content and Professional Standards for Teachers, as outlined in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Regulations for Educator Licensure.

Application Materials:

  • Personal Statement

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • One official transcript from each college attended (including the University of Massachusetts)

Applicants should also be aware that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education now requires candidates for educational licensure in music to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) two-part examination in Communication and Literacy Skills and in the Music content area of the license. The Communication and Literacy Skills test must be passed before the end of the first semester of enrollment in the program, and the MTEL Music test must be passed before the beginning of student teaching.


 

Because of reciprocity agreements between states, you may be able to transfer your license to another state. However, the College of Education at UMass Amherst makes no guarantees that this program meets teacher licensure requirements in any state other than Massachusetts.

If you are seeking licensure in another state, contact Professor Daniel Albert for more information about how to determine if this program will be appropriate for you. Access to your state's licensing agency is available through the Teacher Licensure Agency Directory.

Masters

Master of Music with a Concentration in Music Education

This newly revised degree offers a fresh and contemporary curriculum to graduate students who want to explore innovative practices and current topics in music education among a community of scholars and practitioners, while further developing their creative, analytical, and teaching skills and/or preparing for doctoral studies in music education. This coursework addresses music education topics related to innovation and contemporary issues, community engagement, music education in global contexts, music and lifelong learning, and musician health and wellness. Students choose one of four focus areas: Applied, Conducting, Pedagogy, and Research.

 

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

This terminal degree has been newly revised to provide theoretical foundations for the examination and exploration of innovative research and pedagogical practices. A limited number of 20-hour teaching associateships are available for highly qualified applicants who have earned a master's degree and seek professional advancement and/or employment in higher education or arts administration.

Music Education Faculty

Music Education Undergraduate Coordinator
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Coordinates and oversees the music undergraduate and post-BA music educator licensure pathway programs, including communication and admissions.
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Music Education Licensure Coordinator
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Serves as music education program liaison to the UMass Educator Preparation Program (in the College of Education), including facilitating student teacher orientation meetings. Works closely with the Coordinator of Student Teaching.
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Music Education Graduate Coordinator
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Serves as area advisor for music education M.M. and Ph.D. students, supervises dissertation credit hours, works with students in advance of oral and comprehensive exams, capstone projects, and theses. Coordinates and conducts admission interviews for prospective graduate students.
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Coordinator of Student Teaching
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Coordinates student teacher placement.
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