Masters of Music Education
While studying current issues in the profession, the student is given the opportunity to develop a specialized area of concentration. Individual programs of study are based on prior work and present needs and can be structured through advising. This degree also has a part-time and summer-only plan of study.
One of the most attractive features of the program is the variety of options available to the student for their exit thesis or project. Students may elect to complete any one of the following:
- A traditional thesis on an approved music education topic (total 34 hrs)
- A project in an approved music education area of interest (total 32 hrs)
- Four additional elective hours with no thesis requirement (total 34 hrs)
All of the following are required for admission to the program:
- An undergraduate degree in music education or equivalent.
- A copy of a current teaching certificate, or written evidence of teaching ability and projected date for completion of certification.
- An on-campus or telephone interview with music education faculty.
- Video of the applicant teaching in the classroom (no warm-ups).
- Undergraduate degree in music and a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 for the last 60 hours at the undergrad level.
- Submission of three current letters of recommendation.
- A live or recorded performance (if the applicant wishes to take applied lessons).
A complete list of graduate admission requirements to Illinois State University and the School of Music may be found here.
Note: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission.
The current Plan of Study for the Master of Music Education is available as a downloadable file. If you are pursuing the MM in Music Education only in the summers, download the Summers Only Plan of Study.
Summer Courses and Workshops
A variety of opportunities are available for graduate study during the summer. For more information, please download the pdf of Summer Graduate Courses and Workshops.