What will I learn?

The Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Department of Secondary Education, offers a master of arts degree in education for Music teachers (all grades). The New York State Education Department licenses graduates of registered teacher education programs who meet the state requirements for teachers.

The master of arts, music teacher degree is for certified music educators who are working towards their permanent certification. Students in the M.A., music teacher program have the opportunity to explore musical topics beyond the realm of music education by participating in graduate seminars in music history, music theory, performance practice, and conservatory ensembles, while taking advanced courses in the history and theory of music education. 30 credits in graduate level music courses are required. (Graduate level School of Education courses may be used as electives.) Students can either complete a thesis or education project, or complete 33 credits without a project. All students should consult with the School of Education for the current requirements.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (30 - 33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $855 per credit
Start date

Expected August 2022


School of Education

2111 James Hall,


New York,

11210, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. International candidates who hold the equivalence of a U.S. bachelor's degree are also encouraged to apply. English language requirements: TOEFL paper - 500, computer - 173, Internet - 61.

For international students

Students must have a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (B) on a 4.00 scale in your undergraduate major and a 2.70 overall and sufficient undergraduate course work to do graduate work in your chosen program.

Other English Language Requirements:

Students whose native language is not English must have obtained a TOEFL score of 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer-based.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.