Music Education

Our master's program in music education focuses on designing curriculum and assessment to help you thrive in a challenging and rapidly changing educational environment.

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Why Music Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • empowering musicians with in-depth study of the psychology of learning as an overarching framework for active music making
  • extensive faculty involvement with the New York State Education Department to shape both the state learning standards for the arts and assessment in the arts
  • meeting standards-based and data-driven instruction; integrating digital technologies to enhance music learning; and valuing music at the core of the curriculum for every student

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in MUSIC.

In addition, the following music distribution must be met:
›  Academics/Performance: 4 courses in music theory, 2 courses in music history, 2 courses in conducting, 4 courses in a primary instrument (including voice)
›  Public Recital
›  Keyboard Proficiency Exam

›  Secondary Instrument Proficiency: woodwinds, brasses, percussion, strings

Music Education Programs

Initial Initial / Professional Professional

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Initial Certification in Music Education
Grade levels All grades
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 3 full-time semesters (summer start)
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities Music teacher
Experiential contact hours
  • 1 academic year (fall/spring) of student teaching
  • Additional clinical hours may be required prior to student teaching residency. This is based on academic program and opportunities for specific students
  • Academic advisors assist with outlining specific clinical requirements
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a collection of frequently asked questions that may help you. If your questions are still unanswered, we are glad to help! Contact our admission office.

Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus