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Pass on the Joy and Creativity of Music with the Master’s in Music Education Online Degree

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 Master’s in Music Education online degree program.

Our Master’s in Music Education online degree program prepares music teachers to enter the realm of education and teach music in various settings, most specifically in higher education settings. Students can 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.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s in Music Education Online?

The online Master’s 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 Master’s in Music Education degree 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 our Master’s in Music Education online degree program 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 Master’s in Music Education online degree final thesis or curriculum project, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their music education expertise and open the door to pursue doctoral studies.


What Will You Learn in our Master’s in Music Education Degree Program?

Our Master’s in Music Education online degree 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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Highlights
Degree Information
Military Benefits
Career Options
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Online Master’s in Music Education Degree

  • By earning your Master’s in Music Education online from a nonprofit 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 Master’s in Music programs 2017 by Bestcolleges.com.

  • 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 nonprofit 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.

  • You can complete our M.A. in Music Education degree in two years!

  • If you are looking for a ministry-focused master’s degree in worship or music, you may be interested in our Master of Arts in Music and Worship. For a culturally focused music studies degree, you may be interested in the Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology.

Master’s in Music Education Online Information and Requirements

  • This program falls under the School of Music.
  • 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).

  • 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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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

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 can be higher than the median annual salary for all employees. 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.

Admission Requirements for the MA Music Education

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree in Music, Worship, Music Education, or a related field with a 3.0 or above cumulative combined 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; if not available, submit a transcript request form.
  • Proof of English proficiency

Highlights of Our Online Master’s in Music Education Degree

  • By earning your Master’s in Music Education online from a nonprofit 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 Master’s in Music programs 2017 by Bestcolleges.com.

  • 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 nonprofit 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.

  • You can complete our M.A. in Music Education degree in two years!

  • If you are looking for a ministry-focused master’s degree in worship or music, you may be interested in our Master of Arts in Music and Worship. For a culturally focused music studies degree, you may be interested in the Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology.

Master’s in Music Education Online Information and Requirements

  • This program falls under the School of Music.
  • 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).

  • 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.

Apply Now    Request Info

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

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