Music Education

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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 EdM
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Professional Certification in Music Education
Grade levels All grades
Credits required for completion 33 
Time to completion 2 to 3 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus or online
Career opportunities Music teacher
Experiential contact hours Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework 
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1 Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15

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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.