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MM in Music Education

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The Master of Music in Music Education is designed for music teachers desiring a master of music degree and others interested in studying music education at the graduate level. The degree can be completed in as few as three or four summers, but must be completed within seven years of matriculation.

All coursework is offered in conjunction with the Summer Music Studies Program. This course of study is a summer-only master's degree. For more information visit: and download this PDF which outlines the degree program. 

This program does not lead to initial teaching certification in K-12 music education.

Application Requirements: 

1. Complete the online application and goals statement
2. Submit two recent letters of recommendation (send to:
3. Current professional resume
4. Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts mailed to the following address:

Division of Continuing Studies
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

5. Pay the $60.00 application fee

Deadline to apply for summer 2018 is May 1, 2018.

Tuition + Fees


MM Music Education students required to pay course tuition and fees in full each semester. The MM in Music Education is not eligible for federal Financial Aid.  Please contact Student Financial Services to discuss options for alternative and/or private loans at 215.717.6170.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 




 $675 per credit / $2025 - 3.0 credit course                  

Varies by course, $60-$150         


Course fees vary by class and are applied to specific operational costs incurred in certain classes, studios or labs. Payment of fees assigned to courses is nonrefundable. Students are responsible for obtaining their own course materials and supplies. Supply lists specific to each class are included in the syllabi posted online at least one week prior to class.

Refund Policy

All refunds are less nonrefundable course fees.




Five business days prior to the

first session of classes



Less than five  business days prior

to the first session of classes



At the end of the first session of classes



On or after the second session of classes




Courses listed below are for matriculated students ONLY.

Master of Music in Music Education Foundational and Thesis Courses

Date + Time
Credits + Tuition
  • Curriculum + Assessment in Music Education | MMED 603 -
Johanna J. Seibert
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 23 to Jul 27
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Villanova University
3.00 Credits - $2025, Fee: $60

The course covers the development, writing, and evaluation of curriculum as a dynamic interactive process based on research. Students develop curriculum writing and evaluation skills through critical review of various curricula, analyses of curriculum models, and developing their own curricula. Measurement and assessment of learning, which is the crucial dynamic element in curricula, is covered in depth. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to critically analyze curricula, design curricula, and develop appropriate assessment tools for various music learning situations.

  • Integration of Technology in Music Education | MMED 606 -
Michael Fein
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 16 to Jul 20
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Villanova University
3.00 Credits - $2025, Fee: $60

This course provides intensive study for learning computer programs that support the music education classroom and for understanding the effective means to authentically integrate technology in K-12 music education. This course will be based upon the seven areas of music technology developed by the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), the National Education Technology Standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and supported by the National Conference (MENC). The purpose of this course is to provide tools and resources to students that will enable them to become active agents in the growth of their technological skills that are needed to support learning in 21st century classrooms.

  • Sociological Foundations of Music Education | MMED 602 -
Dr. Debbie Wolf
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 25 to Jun 29
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Villanova University
3.00 Credits - $2025, Fee: $60

An intensive reading, research, and discussion course in the sociology of music education’s role in society, students develop a basic understanding of the sociological functioning of music in society and how education in music should, but often does not, meet the greater society’s needs. Socialization in performing groups, group identity, and sociology of schools is studied. Current trends in US music education will be analyzed from a sociological perspective. Students will also develop basic sociological research and reporting skills.

  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations in Music Education | MMED 605 -
No Faculty Listed
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 9 to Jul 13
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Villanova University
3.0 Credits - $2025, Fee: $60

This is an intensive course of study of the historical and philosophical foundations of music education. This course will encapsulate both the history of music education in the United States from the Colonial period to modern times, and a philosophical emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century thought and movements in American music education. These movements and philosophies will be analyzed in terms of their impact and effectiveness and why some have succeeded where others failed. An analysis and synthesis of ideas and events will reveal historical cycles, socio-political ramifications, and periodic reintroduction/revision of previous approaches. Current trends in American music education will be analyzed from both historical and philosophical perspectives, while making evident to learners the connections of philosophical theories and theorists, and their significance through the history of music education.

  • Thesis/Project Development: Music Education | MMED 790 -
No Faculty Listed
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 16 to Jul 20
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Villanova University
3.0 Credits - $2025, Fee $60

The Music Education Thesis is the culmination of learning and professional growth established as an outcome of MM studies in Music Education and demonstrates mastery of the course of study through a well-designed and developed thesis. This final product is to be designed and focused to achieve outcomes that are based upon the synthesis of understandings acquired from courses in the content coursework, and through knowledge gained from the Foundational courses. The student’s synthesis of knowledge and skills will be exemplified through the creation of an original, creative, and thoughtful presentation.