Music Education

MA

  • 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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Master of Arts in Music Education

36 semester hours

MAJOR COURSES:

(15 hours required)

EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
3
MUSC 506 Psychology of Music
3
MUSC 521 Seminar in Elementary Education
3
MUSC 522 Seminar in Secondary Education
3
MUSC 543 Introduction to Music Bibliography and Research
3
OR    
EDUC 501 Research Theory 3

SUPPORTIVE COURSES: (12 hours required)

MUSC 501 Computers and Technology for the Musician
3
MUSC 511 Analytical Techniques
3
MUSC 519 Seminar in World Music
3
MUSC 525 Administration and Supervision of Music Education
3

ELECTIVES: (9 hours)

Music Education/Music History Emphasis:

* MUSC varies Seminar in Music History
3
MUSC 502N Music Educator/Therapist and Special Learner 3
MUSC 527 History and Philosophy of Music Education
3

*music history seminars offered on rotation: MUSC 507, 512-513, 516-518.

Vocal Emphasis:

MUSC 530 Choral Arranging
3
MUSC 531 Choral Literature and Conducting
3
MUSC 545 Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy I
3
MUSC 546 Seminar in Vocal Pedagogy II
3
MUSC 537C Ensemble Participation varies

Instrumental Emphasis:

MUSC 520 Instrumental Literature and Conducting
3
MUSC 526 Care and Repair of Instruments
3
MUSC 536 Instrumental Arranging
3
MUSC 550-554, 558 Applied Music
1-3
MUSC 537A, 537B, 537D, or 537E Ensemble Participation varies