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Estimated Completion

36 credit hours (2 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies

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. The GRE is not require for admission to this program.


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M.M. in Music Education


The Master of Music in Music Education degree consists of 36 credit hours. 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, offered consecutively, and there are 6 start dates per year. Students who take all courses as offered will be able to finish in 2 years, taking only one online course at a time. For additional information on this program, view the Graduate Music Handbook or visit Dr. Vicky Johnson's degree information page.

Discover Your Options

Our program includes both elementary and secondary music education components. There are 3 degree track choices for this program, including:

  • 12 regular courses (36 hours)
  • 10 regular courses (30 hours) and complete a thesis (6 hours)
  • 10 regular courses (30 hours) and complete a curriculum project (6 hours)

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 education. Reasons our alumni have shared for getting this advanced degree include:

  • Salary increase
  • Career advancement
  • Ability to teach dual credit courses
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Opportunity to become better music teachers
  • As a step toward a doctorate in music


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Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

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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

Refer to the Online Catalog for more information on our courses and course rotations.

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 provide 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.