Ignite a Passion for Music in the Next Generation of Musicians with a Doctor of Music Education
Translate your talent and love for music into a rewarding career in music education. Through Liberty University’s Doctor of Music Education program, you can bring the gift of music to students of all ages. The best music educators are the ones who have exemplary talent paired with a strong desire to make a difference in music instruction and research. Our goal is to help you take your talent and passion and use it to change the lives of your students.
Pursuing doctoral-level music studies can provide you with advanced training in teaching practices and leadership methods that will set you up for success. Whether you are currently working as a music educator, or you are interested in pursuing a position in the field, our online doctorate in music education can provide you with the necessary credentials to teach music from the elementary to the university level.
Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Music Education Degree?
Our Doctor of Music Education degree focuses on practical, hands-on training so you can teach music with confidence and skill. We want to help you advance in your profession by equipping you with the historical, philosophical, psychological, pedagogical, and ethical skills you will need to create positive changes in 21st-century music education.
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and our School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). These accreditations demonstrate our high standard for academics and provide you with a degree recognized by other academic institutions and employers.
Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, so our programs are taught from a biblical framework and have Christian values used throughout the curriculum. Plus, you can complete our Doctor of Music Education degree 100% online in a flexible, 8-week course format. We understand that you have family, career, community, and church obligations, so our program is designed to work with your busy life and schedule.
Military Tuition Discount
Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.
What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Music Education Degree?
Earning a Doctor of Music Education degree can equip you to teach music education classes in K-12 and collegiate settings. Throughout this degree, you will gain a historical understanding of music education in America while learning how to integrate theory and research into your classroom. You will also engage in research focused on musical and educational teaching and learning methods.
You will have the opportunity to explore many different music teaching approaches as you learn how to improve the quality of music research and instruction. Additionally, our online courses pair biblical applications with music education. Prepare with confidence so you can champion your faith in the highly impactful field of education with a reputable doctoral degree in music education.
- MUSC 820 – The Music Educator*
- MUSC 840 – Current Issues in Music Education*
- MUSC 846 – The Role of the Music Education Administrator*
- MUSC 851 – Community, Culture, and Relationship in Music Education*
*Course guide coming soon
Highlights of Our Doctor of Music Education Degree
Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. Earning your online Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.) degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 5 years – and counting.
- This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
- This degree provides a practical, hands-on approach to music education based on application.
Doctor of Music Education Degree Information
- This program falls under the School of Music.
- View the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Graduate Music Course Guides (login required).
Career Opportunities for Doctor of Music Education Graduates
- Band director
- Curricular supervisor of music
- Curricular supervisor of visual and performing arts
- Music director
- Music program administrator
- University professor
Admission Requirements for Doctor of Music Education Degrees
A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree in music, music education, music and worship, or a related discipline with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.