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Estimated Completion

36 credit hours (2+ years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation
  3. Provide a curriculum vitae including teaching experience
  4. Candidates will take entrance diagnostic examinations

*Students who are unable to meet regular admission standards may be considered for conditional status, which must be removed by the time the student has completed nine (9) credit hours.


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M.M. in Music Education


The Master of Music degree in Music Education consists of 36 hours with two tracks, thesis or non-thesis. Since it is a completely online program, you are flexible to work around your work schedule. Courses are 8 weeks long, instead of a full semester, so that the end-of-course papers, exams, and projects do not coincide and conflict with the end-of-semester programs and performances that are typically required of music educators.

Our Master's program is offered with a thesis or a non-thesis track option. The purpose is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to combine research methods and a topic of interest in a scholarly format that is consistent/acceptable to the discipline, produce a work that contributes to the discipline, and demonstrate the competency necessary of graduate work in regards to scholarly activity.

Discover your options.

Candidates pursuing the thesis option in music education must prepare a thesis proposal. Candidates must defend their thesis before a committee of graduate music faculty. They are also expected to give evidence of a thorough knowledge of all related literature, research materials, methodological steps, and findings documented in the completed thesis. 

Candidates pursuing the non-thesis option must prepare a project proposal and have it approved by both the faculty member sponsoring the project and the graduate faculty. The curriculum project may be curricular, pedagogical, or creative, but comparable to the thesis in scope. You must prepare a presentation of their project to be presented before a committee of graduate music faculty.

Designed with you in mind.

This degree program is designed for working music educators and musicians seeking career advancement. Graduates can follow an elementary or secondary music education emphasis.


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Career Opportunities

  • Improved teaching effectiveness
  • Higher status in teaching positions
  • Higher education administrators
  • The foundation for pursuit of a doctoral degree in music
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Music Program

What sets Tarleton apart from similar programs is that it includes both elementary and secondary music education components. Elective courses range from Psychology of Music, to Technology in the Classroom, to Ethnomusicology. Through our program you will be able to excel in a profession like music education, where change is rapid and exciting.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume clinic

And many more!

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Program Objectives

  • To provide working practitioners the opportunity to earn an online degree in music education with a faculty representing diverse areas of experience and expertise.
  • To prepare students for further graduate study at the doctoral level and/or careers in music education.
  • To challenge students to increase their knowledge of theory, history, and aesthetics of music, and to provide appropriate opportunities for them to develop a high level of cognitive musical and creative skills.
  • To equip students with analytical, conceptual, historical, technical, and pedagogical skills to be successful in their chosen field.
  • To facilitate student growth and development as leaders in the profession of music education, and as contributors, through research, to the profession and discipline of music education.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
MUSI 5330 Analytical Techniques
MUSI 5331 Advanced Arranging
MUSI 5533 OR 5357 Ethnomusicology OR Seminar in Music of the United States
MUSI 5340 Foundations of Music Education
MUSI 5341 Research in Music Education I
MUSI 5342 Research in Music Education II
MUSI 5343 OR 5344 Advanced Elementary Music Pedagogy OR Advanced Secondary Music Pedagogy
MUSI 5645 Curriculum Project (For non-thesis option)
MUSI 5388 Thesis 3 (For thesis option)

Course Options

  • The thesis track consists of ten, three-credit courses (30 semester hours) and six hours of formal thesis work.
  • The non-thesis track consists of ten, three-credit courses (30 semester hours) and six hours of curricular project.

For more information, check out our degree plan.

In addition, our program offers course rotation during the different semesters. For more information on our course rotation and when courses are offered, please look at the M.M. in Music course rotation.

Facilities and Features

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Complete the M.M. Online

Students can complete the M.M. in Music Education completely online, with no relocation requirement. Coursework can be completed wherever Internet access is available.

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Student-Centered Instruction

The Music Education program faculty understand the needs of today's Master's students and provide one-on-one advising.

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Jump right in.

We have six start dates per year: August, October, January, March, May, and July. Up to 12 hours of graduate coursework may be transferred. Financial aid, including scholarships is available.