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Master of Music in Music Education Boston University



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This major is designed for students who are ready to think deeply and critically about music education and its changing landscape, and are ready to take on the challenge of creating a positive musical future for children, families, schools, and communities around the globe.

MM candidates must complete two out of three of the following courses (8 credits):

Foundations of Music Education 1 (Historical, Philosophical)
Foundations of Music Education 2 (Psychological, Sociological)
Introduction to Music Education Research

Students are also required to complete at least 6 credits in music theory and/or musicology. Students may take up to 14 credits of music education electives. This provides students with the opportunity to design a program that meets their own individual needs and professional interests. For example, students may focus on such areas as choral or instrumental conducting, music technology, Orff methodology, or curriculum development. All students in this program are required to complete a capstone curriculum development project.

Students who want to earn a license to teach in public schools in Massachusetts must take additional coursework to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This coursework will vary depending upon courses that may have been completed in a student’s undergraduate program. Off-campus pre-practicum experiences complement on-campus coursework. Students must complete a 14-week student teaching practicum comprised of a 7-week practicum in at least two of the following areas: Pre-K–5; grades 5–9; or grades 8–12.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is granted upon successful completion of a program of study and a terminal curriculum project appropriate to the student’s field of specialization. Students must complete a minimum of 32 semester credits with grades no lower than B– in graduate-level coursework. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of the date of matriculation. The Master of Music in Music Education is a professional degree program that is available both on campus and online.

Program of Study

This program is designed for applicants who already possess a teaching license or simply want to learn more about music education but do not desire licensure to teach in American primary and secondary schools. For applicants who are not able to come to Boston University, the Master of Music in Music Education is also offered online.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Music in Music Education.

Full Time (Minimum of 32 semester credits)

Tuition fees

$23,700.00 (17,38,988) per year


02 Sep


College of Fine Arts

855 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Online/Distance (Minimum of 32 semester credits)

Tuition fees

USD $855 per credit


02 Sep


Boston University

233 Bay State Road,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a Bachelor degree. A BFA or BM is not a prerequisite for admission, and we invite applicants from students with a variety of academic backgrounds to apply for our graduate programs. Applicants admitted to graduate music programs with deficiencies in theory or history may be required to take review courses that will not confer graduate credit.

English Proficiency Requirements

If your first language or the primary language spoken in your home is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways: By submitting a TOEFL iBT result with a total score of 84 or higher; By submitting an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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