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Are you a professional musician looking to pass on your knowledge to others? Learn the skills you need for both classroom instruction and academic research with Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Music Education. If you have a bachelor’s degree in music, worship, music education, or a related degree, you can increase your teaching and musical skills through the master’s in music education online degree program.

Our online MA in Music Education prepares music teachers to enter the realm of education and teach music in various settings, most specifically in higher education settings. You can continue advancing your 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. Additionally, our music education degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

By completing the online master’s degree in music education, you can become equipped for a career as a music teacher in many settings. If you already have state licensure for teaching in a K-12 setting, you may find opportunities to teach music in public schools and private schools that require state licensure or be qualified for administrative roles for music programs.

Liberty University’s online music degree can open the door to many potential job opportunities, as well as prepare you for doctoral programs in music education. Job opportunities are expected to be opening in all occupations for musicians, especially within colleges and universities, and most postsecondary teachers require only a master’s degree related to the subject they teach. This MA in Music Education can prepare you to head into the workforce and make a difference in the lives of young musicians.

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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. It is also a great choice for those wanting to expand their music education studies with advanced research. As an online student, you can remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community.

Our Master of Arts in Music Education online degree program can equip you 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. The final thesis or curriculum project will provide the opportunity to demonstrate your music education expertise while opening the door to pursue doctoral studies.

Our Master of Arts in Music Education online degree program consists of four areas of coursework:

  • Foundational studies in music education
  • Music studies
  • Music education studies
  • Research studies

In these various subject areas, you can 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 a thesis or curriculum project. Your previous courses will guide you through the process to develop an area of interest you want to research. The thesis will offer a chance to dig deeper into music education research in a specific topic of your choice.

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 can prepare yourself to work in music education environments throughout the country.

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