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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
  4. GRE is not required

*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 credit hours with two tracks to choose from - Thesis or Non-Thesis. Our program is facilitated entirely online, making it flexible for students who need to work around a busy schedule. Courses are only 8 weeks long to ensure that final papers, exams, and projects do not conflict with the end-of-semester programs and performances that are typically required of music educators.

The purpose of our two track options is to allow students to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to combine research methods and a topic of their personal interest in a scholarly format consistent with the discipline
  • Produce work that contributes to the subject as a whole
  • Demonstrate the quality that is necessary of graduate work in regards to academic activity

Discover your options.

Students who pursue the Thesis Track in Music Education must prepare a thesis proposal in order to complete their degree. Once their Thesis Proposal is completed, students must defend it before a committee composed of graduate music faculty and staff members. Students will be expected to give evidence of their extensive knowledge of related literature, research materials used, methodological steps taken, as well as findings documented. 

Students who pursue the Non-Thesis Track must prepare a project proposal and have it approved by both the faculty project sponsor and graduate faculty committee. The project may be curriculum, pedagogical, or creativity based, and should be comparable to a thesis in scope.

Designed with you in mind.

This degree program is designed for hardworking individuals seeking to further their education in the ever-changing area of music. Students have the option of choosing between an elementary or secondary-level music education emphasis to further enhance their degree.


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Plan Your Future

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Enhance Your Career

A master's degree in Music Education can enhance your career in a variety of ways, including:

  • Improve your teaching effectiveness
  • Enable you to gain higher status in teaching positions
  • Enable you to become an administrator in higher education
  • Give you the foundation you need to pursue a doctoral degree
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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 and scholarships are available to all qualifying students.

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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

  • Provide students with a rewarding and flexible online degree program paired with faculty and staff members that represent diversity in both experience and expertise.
  • Prepare students for doctoral study and/or a career in Music Education.
  • Challenge students to increase their knowledge of musical theory, history, and aesthetics, as well as give them opportunities to develop a high level of cognitive and creative musical skills.
  • Equip students with analytical, conceptual, technical, and pedagogical skills that will ensure success in their career.
  • Facilitate students' growth and development as leaders in Music Education and as contributors to the profession as a whole.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
MUSI 5330 Analytical Techniques
MUSI 5343 Advanced Elementary Music Pedagogy
MUSI 5344 Advanced Secondary Music Pedagogy
MUSI 5346 Marching Band Methods
MUSI 5357 Seminar in Music of the United States
MUSI 5361 Acoustics of Music
MUSI 5390 Selected Topics in Music Education

Course Options

  • 12 courses (36 hours)
  • 10 courses (30 hours) plus Thesis (6 hours)
  • 10 courses (30 hours) plus Curriculum Project (6 hours)

Students taking two concurrent courses each long semester and two in the summer can finish the degree in 2 years.

For more information, check out our degree plan.

In addition, our program provides course rotation during each semesters. For more information on our course rotation schedule, please refer to 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 members understand the academic needs of our students, and strive to provide one-on-one advising to ensure their success.

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A One-of-a-kind Program

Tarleton State University's Music Education program is unique compared to different programs in that it provides both secondary and elementary-level emphases. Elective courses range from Psychology of Music to Ethnomusicology. Through our program, students will excel in any profession related to Music Education.