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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Music Education at Marywood

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

F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of music education

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate professor of music education
This is just a sample of our Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty - see them all!

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 a regionally 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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Jason Thiel

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2591

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in the summer of 2013.  I was born and raised in Scranton, PA and earned my BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management from Marywood University.  I have over 8 years of admissions experience and love helping students and families find the right educational fit.

My interests:  I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it's movie night with my wife, dance recitals for my daughter, or baseball with my son.  I also enjoy, coaching youth sports, traveling, Phillies baseball, Syracuse basketball, and Dolphins football.  You may also find me watching reruns of Animal Planets TV show, Finding Bigfoot!

My favorite thing about Marywood: The feel!!  I love walking around campus and talking to students and meeting with staff & faculty.  It’s a beautiful campus spread out over 115 acres but still has that small hometown feel to it. 

My favorite place at Marywood: There isn’t a place I don’t like.  If I had to pick it would have to be the Rotunda.  It is beautiful and I went from studying in it as a student to now walking through it on my way to my office in the admissions department.

You’d never guess: I have trained for and completed 5 Marine Corp Marathons and my goal is 20.  Why I torture myself I do not know.

Best advice: Do your homework.  Find a school you love and a major that you are excited about.  Do truly what you love because you will work for 40-50 years of your life and LIVE YOUR PASSION.

Master of Arts in Music Education

36 semester hours

MAJOR COURSES: (15 credits required)

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

SUPPORTIVE COURSES: (12 credits required)

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

ELECTIVES: (9 credits)

Music Education/Music History Emphasis:

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

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

Vocal Emphasis:

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

Instrumental Emphasis:

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