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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Jay Yander

Associate Director for Graduate Admissions
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2368

About me: I joined the Graduate Admissions staff in 2013, but began my career in higher education in 2004.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in English Writing/Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.

My interests: I love to golf and I am a television addict.  Whether it’s sports or a television series, I’ve probably watched it.

My favorite thing about Marywood: The diversity of its programs.  Marywood has so much to offer to a wide array of students.

My favorite place on campus: Liberal Arts Center.  I walk through the Rotunda each morning and it reminds me how much I enjoy being a part of Marywood. 

You'd never guess: I have a collection of more than 200 college t-shirts.  I typically purchase a shirt when I visit a college campus.  I have more than 30 shirts from Pitt, my alma mater.

My best advice: Take advantage of everything a college campus has to offer.  Even if you’re not a sports fan, attend a basketball game.  Even if you’re not a literary fan, attend a poetry reading.  Expand your mind and you will be rewarded. 

Master of Arts in Music Education

36 semester hours


(15 hours 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 hours 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 hours)

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