Master of Arts in Music Education Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Music Education Online Degree Program

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Pass on the Joy and Creativity of Music with the Master of Arts in Music Education

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Music Education is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and will prepare you for a future in advanced, effective music education practice and high-level academic research. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Music, Worship, Music Education, or a related degree, you can pursue advanced music studies at the graduate level through the online Masters in Music Education.

This Music Education program prepares music teachers to enter the realm of education and teach music in various settings, most specifically in higher education settings. Students are able to continue advancing their musical knowledge and skills while being trained to educate the next generation of musicians. The online format allows you to remain active in the field of music as you study advanced music techniques and performance tools.

Why Pursue Liberty’s Master's in Music Education Online?

The online Masters in Music Education is one of the best music programs for students looking to transition from a music career to teaching, or for those wanting to advance their music education studies with advanced research. Our music program is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without the worry of having to take courses on a campus.

Students in the online music education degree will be equipped with practical skills in teaching music theory, musicianship, vocal practice, conducting, music technology, and music cultural studies. Graduate music research and theoretical studies provide a strong foundation in academic research that will enhance student’s practice of education for K-12 teaching or college level instruction. With the online degree in music’s final thesis or curriculum project, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their music education expertise and open the door to pursue doctoral studies.

Other highlights of the Online Master's in Music Education Degree

  • By earning your Masters in Music Education online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.

  • This program ranked #4 Best Online Masters in Music programs 2017 by

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 

  • Refine your skills as a music teacher with advanced theory and music education techniques.

  • Learn about new music industry trends to keep your students up to speed with a rapidly changing field.

  • With a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited music education degree, you will be qualified for many exciting doctoral programs for more advanced academic studies.

  • Able to complete the MA degree in two years.

What are the Benefits of an Online Degree in Music Education?

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics projects an 11% growth in employment of Art, Drama, and Music teachers until 2024. This is a higher than average growth projection than most other occupations, and will provide an increase in demand for music teachers.*

  • Completing a Master’s Degree in Music Education online provides the flexibility to complete your coursework from the comfort of your home and completing schoolwork on your schedule.

  • If you elect to take advantage of the online music degree’s optional on-campus intensives, you will have the opportunity to network with professors and students as well as gain valuable hands-on experience.

  • The online Master's in Music Education’s final thesis project or curriculum project can form the basis for Doctoral research as well as stand as a valuable resource for music publishing and lesson creation.

  • An opportunity to be a part of the seventh largest music school in the nation.

  • A well-rounded education emphasizing music theory, education, and application of musical skills.

  • Preparation to work in various education settings throughout the country and world.

What Will You Learn in the Master of Music Education Degree Program?

This program consists of four areas of coursework: Foundational Studies in Music Education, Music Studies, Music Education Studies, and Research Studies. In these various subject areas, you will learn more about Analytical Techniques of Music, Conducting, Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques, and the History and Philosophy of Music Education in America. Towards the end of your degree, you will choose to complete one of three final projects, a curriculum project, thesis, or lecture performance recital. The thesis will offer a chance to dig deep into music education research in a specific topic of your choice, and the curriculum project will allow you to create a marketable product that could lead to publishing or new employment opportunities.

With this well-rounded and robust program, you will find yourself prepared to work in music education environments throughout the country.

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Online Music Degree Format

  • 100% Online with Optional Intensives

  • 39 credit hours

  • A maximum of 50% of the program credit hours may be transferred if approved and available.

  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Master's in Music Education Online Information and Requirements

  • For students who would like an on-campus, hands-on experience, the following course is offered in an optional, intensive format:
    • MUSC 515 – Graduate Conducting

  • A comprehensive graduate music exam is required for graduation.

  • A thesis project or a curriculum project is required for graduation.

  • Visit the School of Music for faculty information and department resources.

  • View the Degree Completion Plan for an official list of courses and the suggested course sequence.

  • View the Graduate Course Syllabi for more specific information about individual courses (login required).

  • Review the Master of Arts in Music Education degree admission requirements.

  • Online Database Resources: One of the world’s leaders in distance educational programs, Liberty University has the technological capacity and resources to provide for the needs required in the music education program including library database subscriptions to Groves, Smithsonian Global Sound, Garland Encyclopedia, Oxford Handbooks, and JSTOR, to name a few.

  • Students can choose from among a thesis, curriculum project, or lecture performance recital. The lecture performance recital must be completed on-campus.

  • A Graduate Music Theory Assessment is required as a prerequisite for MUSC 524 – Analytical Techniques.

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Potential Career Options for Online Music Degree Graduates

  • College Music Teacher

  • K-12 Music Teacher

  • Music Education Consultant

  • Director of Community Arts Programs

  • Music Curriculum Developer

Students who complete the online Master's Degree in Music Education will be well equipped for a career as a music teacher in many settings. Students who already have state licensure for teaching in a K-12 setting will find opportunities to teach music in public schools and private schools that require state licensure or be qualified for many administrative roles for music programs. The online music degree will also qualify students for many teaching roles in higher education and will open the door to doctoral studies in music education.

This program can open the door for many potential job opportunities, as well as prepare students for doctoral programs in music education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that wages for music workers are generally higher than the median annual wage for all employees, those job opportunities are expected to be opening in all occupations for musicians – especially within colleges and universities – and that most postsecondary teachers require only a master’s degree relating to the subject they teach. This MA in Music Education will prepare you to head into the workforce and make a difference in the lives of young musicians.

* Dennis Vilorio, "Teaching for a living," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2018