Music Education


  • Become an exceptional artist-educators
  • Philosophical, historical and psychological foundations of music learning
  • General music/music history, instrumental & vocal specializations
  • Eligibility for permanent teacher certification in PA

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The graduate degree in Music Education prepares students for teaching vocal or instrumental music on the K-12 level as well as in some colleges and universities. Upon completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to apply for permanent teacher certification. A degree in Music Education at Marywood offers a wide variety of specializations: elementary (K-6) or secondary (7-12) level in band, orchestra, and/or vocal/general music settings. Others may choose to work in more narrowly defined fields, such as early childhood music education, curricular design and instruction, music technology, administration, or other venues.The Music Education program also offers students the opportunity to explore professional partnerships with colleagues in other disciplines such as education, psychology, technology, art, business, and theatre.

More About This Degree

  • Sr. Joan McCusker, Ph.D., IHM - Research focuses on music cognition & emerging musical literacy.

  • Courses in vocal pedagogy are taught by experts in the field and include instruction in the physiology of the vocal mechanism, the healthy use and care of the singing and speaking voice, Alexander Technique, and the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

  • Additional faculty teaching courses in church music are practicing church musicians. Included are those who have national and international reputations as recitalists as well as a high standing in churches in the local community.

Graduate students have access to Marywood’s computer and curriculum labs, an 1,100 seat theatre, and a full range of reference and sound materials housed in the University’s Learning Resources Center. On-line databases and interlibrary loan possibilities are also available.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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