Music Education Studies, EdM

If you possess substantial music content background, wish to be a leader in music education, aim to teach music nationally or internationally, and are not seeking New York State teaching certification, our music education studies program will provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals. Our graduates integrate digital technologies to enhance music learning, and value music at the core of the curriculum for every student. 

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Why Music Education Studies at UB?

As a student in this program you will learn:

  • current ideas in assessment that set direction for the teaching profession
  • curriculum development patterns to address contemporary demands
  • Music Learning Theory
  • psychology of learning as an overarching framework for active music making
  • research and policy that assist in informed advocacy
  • strategies for making the most of students’ valuable music time

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 4 to 5 part-time semesters
Program delivery On campus or online
Career opportunities
  • Conductors and composers
  • Instructor in a college setting
  • Music teachers
  • Researchers and authors
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall/Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
Non Teacher Certification

Apply to this program if you have a substantial music content background (30 hours of content area minimum) and are not interested in obtaining a recommendation for New York State teaching certification. Students that complete this program without certification can teach outside of New York State, internationally and within schools that do not require certification.

Program Coursework

Major Area Required Courses (9 Credits)

  • LAI 554: Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education
  • LAI 569: Introduction to Research in Music Education
  • LAI 606: Curricular and Instructional Foundations of Music Education

Content Electives (12 Credits) (Choose Four)

  • LAI 687: Laban Movement Analysis
  • LAI 765: Studies in Music (Music History)
  • LAI 767: Musicianship and Theory – Elementary General
  • LAI 768: Musicianship and Theory – Early Childhood
  • LAI 769: Musicianship and Theory – Instrumental

Education Electives (9 Credits) (Choose Three)

  • LAI 538: Music Education Practices
  • LAI 561: Technology in Music Education
  • LAI 564: Studies in Music Education
  • LAI 566: Design and Evaluation of Music Curriculum
  • LAI 568: Historical Development of Music Learning Theory
  • LAI 610: Supervision of Music Learning Programs

LAI 700: Capstone Event (3 Credits)

Please note: a grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in the music education studies non teacher certification online program.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an interest in music education at the graduate level.

There are no auditions required for the online music education EdM program.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Contact information for two references.

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.