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Program Overview

UNM is pleased to offer an online Master of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education beginning Fall 2019. This program is designed specifically for currently licensed music educators to advance professionally in the teaching field. Many states require a Master’s degree within 5 years of obtaining a teaching license or as a credential for a level advancement.

The course of study is designed to help current teachers improve the quality of their instruction, increase their musical skills and knowledge, and to enhance the understanding of current issues in music education. An important goal of the course of study is to improve the student’s ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. UNM’s Music Education program offers a comprehensive curriculum in music education that provides a strong practical, theoretical, and philosophical foundation.

Learn more about the UNM Department of Music.

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Fine Arts does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the Department of Music for more details.

Learning Goals

A)   Develop advanced musical comprehension demonstrated by the abilities to work independently and make artistic and intellectual judgments in the area of specialization.

B)   Demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty.

C)   Engage creatively within our society, contributing to the advancement of musical cultures which are essential to a vibrant and diverse community.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

A1) Students will articulate and demonstrate advanced knowledge of the unifying elements and principals of music as well as its historical context.

B1) Students will develop and demonstrate skills that are characterized by musical, pedagogical and scholarly excellence. 

C1) Students will enhance the cultural life of New Mexico and beyond through scholarly academic writing, composing, teaching, conducting, and/or performing at a professional level.

Program Details

The Masters of Music (MMU) - Music Education Managed Online Program is designed for current teachers with a valid teaching license.

To obtain an MMU with a Music Education concentration, students are required to complete:

  • 13 credit hours of required core courses
  • 12 credit hours of Music elective courses
  • 6 credit hours of free elective courses

With the exception of MUSE 598, which should be taken at the end of the program, these courses can be taken in any order and can be completed in as little as 18 months, taking two courses at a time.

 Special course sections are scheduled for Managed Online Program students and offered on a cyclical basis. Look for the courses in the current schedule of classes with a course comment that reads "Limited to managed online program students only."  For more information, contact Robin Giebelhausen.  

Required Courses (13 credit hours)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MUSE 532

Introduction to Research in Music Education

3

MUSE 534

Seminar in Music Education

3

MUSE 550

Philosophy of Music Education

3

MUSE 598

Music Education Project (2 credit hour course repeated twice and taken at the end of the program of study)

4


Music Elective Courses (12 credit hours*)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

MUS 520

Music Through the Masters

3

MUS 523

Graduate Aural Skills Boot Camp

3

MUS 530

Music Literature and Analysis

3

MUSE 577

Music Education and Diversity

3

MUSE 585

Technology for Music Education

3

*Only 12 credit hours from the above list are needed.  However, students must take one of the two theory courses (MUS 520 or MUS 523) and the history course (MUS 530) to fulfill the degree requirements.



Free Elective courses (6 credit hours)

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

EDUC 542

Principles of Curriculum Development

3

EDUC 563

Mentoring Educators for Professional Growth

3

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Fine Arts does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the Department of Music for more details.

Degree Requirements

The MMU with a Music Education Concentration is offered as a Masters Plan II (with Project) option. A student must complete a minimum of 31 credit hours to receive the degree.

 Admission Prerequisites

  • Undergraduate degree in music education or post baccalaureate teaching certification in music education from an accredited college or university, with evidence that that the coursework included a practicum (practice teaching).
  • Required documentation including a letter of intent, writing sample, current CV/resume, evidence of teacher certification, video demonstration of teaching, and three letters of recommendation.
  • Language Skills for International Students:  International Students must meet all UNM Graduate Admission Requirements including tests for English proficiency. For more information regarding international students, please see International Students and Online Education.

Please see the UNM Department of Music’s website for more detailed information about the program. Additional admissions requirements may be found on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

 Managed Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 31 Credit Hours
Next Start Date: Aug 19, 2019
100% Online
Cost Per Credit Hour: Based on tuition rates for Fall 2019 (to be determined by UNM Board of Regents)
Course Cycle: 8 weeks

Tuition: Special tuition and fees apply

Contact

Department of Music Website
(505)277-2126
music@unm.edu