Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education program is primarily designed for the growth and advancement of educational professionals who desire to:

  • Complete a master's degree that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music;
  • Learn advanced education techniques;
  • Develop musical maturity; and,
  • Investigate current issues in music education.

The program is 31 credit hours in length. The typical student will take 9 or 10 hours (3 or 4 classes) for three consecutive summers. For each hour of credit, students will be on campus for one day (3-4 days every 3-4 weeks). The rest of the learning/coursework will take place electronically over the course of the entire summer. Non-degree seeking students may take classes as well.

Following the third summer of classes, students will develop their Master's report project. This culminating project will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of the outcomes of every course in the MME program. Students will prepare a concert at their home schools using the pedagogical and musical tools they have acquired during their course of study at CMU.

Master of Music Education Program Outcomes

Pedagogical skills

  • Graduates will have the skills necessary to assess the instructional needs of students and employ a variety of pedagogical techniques to help students develop musical skills.

Administer a music program

  • Graduates will have the skills necessary to develop, coordinate, supervise, and evaluate a school music program with appropriate use of fiscal and human resources to best meet the needs of the enrolled children.

Evaluate current issues in music education

  • Graduates will have the skills necessary to evaluate current issues in music education from an ethical, philosophical, technological, and historical framework while providing leadership for change


  • Graduates will use conducting gesture to communicate musical information gathered through score study.

Use of technology

  • Graduates will assess the usefulness of a variety of technologies available to music educators and appraise the usefulness of the technologies in the classroom.

Apply knowledge of music history and theory

  • Graduates will apply knowledge of music history and music theory to develop informed interpretations of music and communicate to students a deeper understanding of music they hear or perform.

Communication skills

  • Graduates will express themselves effectively, orally and in writing, amongst a community of scholars and practitioners.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts verifying completion of BME or similar degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale from baccalaureate program.
  • Student submitted transcripts or letters of recommendation are not accepted. Please direct your transcript request and recommendation authors to send the documents directly to
  • Three letters of recommendation from school administrators, professional colleagues, or college professors with knowledge of the applicant's academic program or professional performance.
  • Completion of the online application.

Upon receipt and review of all information and supporting documents, applicants will be notified of their admission status. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who does not meet standards for admission. Students are admitted on a continuous enrollment basis, at any time of year. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the prescribed course of study for the MME program (31-hour minimum)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • A maximum of two grades below C are allowed
  • Courses with grades below C will not count toward graduation
  • All work must be completed within a six-year period from the time of initial enrollment
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Master of Music Education
Last updated: 08/07/2023