Feb 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin 
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education MMus

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This degree provides students with further preparation and qualification to teach music in the elementary and secondary levels. Because state certification is required for all K-12 teaching positions in the United States, students planning to teach in the United States must be prepared to fulfill certification requirements. This may be accomplished either as a result of holding a bachelor’s degree in music education prior to starting the master’s degree or taking specific undergraduate courses in music education as remedial requirements. The curriculum leads to a capstone that may be in the form of a recital, a thesis, or a project. Students ordinarily complete the program in two years of full-time study, except when the student does not have prior certification to teach. The program length in that case will depend on the number of remedial courses required to attain certification.

Total Credits - 34+

Music Education - 17+

Project/Recital/Thesis - 4+

Choose one of the following:*


  • Music electives selected in consultation with an advisor from MUCT, MUED, MUHL, MUPF, MURE courses to fulfill the minimum of 34 credits.

Additional Requirements

  • Practical Training:
    • All students pursuing master’s programs (MA: Music, MMus: Conducting; MMus:  Music Education; MMus: Music Ministry; MMus: Performance) are required to take the course MUED655 Practical Training to develop professional experience in music. To fulfill this requirement, students are required to meet a minimum of 50 hours of work/service while enrolled in the master’s program. This could be done over the summer. Some recommended areas of work/service that may count toward this practical training experience are as follows:
      • Music ministers in church settings
      • Music teachers or instructors for a public or private school
      • Instrumentalists performing in professional or community ensembles
      • Research assistants in approved music research projects
      • Other alternative activities must be approved by the student’s major professor
    • After completing this requirement students will fill out and submit the form Completion of Practical Training Requirements to their major professor for evaluation and signature. Students who have developed experiences equivalent to this practical training before entering the master’s program may fulfill this requirement by submitting appropriate evidence showing sufficient work/ service experience.
  • Ensemble:
    • 4 semesters of ensemble for 0 credits each
    • Registration is required for four semesters in one of the following: any Andrews University Department of Music band, choir or orchestra.
    • Students who require more than four semesters to complete their degree must participate in an ensemble during each semester of residence.
  • Piano Proficiency:
    • Music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination. Graduate students who have not passed this examination on the undergraduate level must take the examination prior to the first registration. Students who do not pass this examination must enroll in applied piano until the examination is passed.
  • Comprehensive Exam:
    • Students should consult with their advisor concerning the appropriate time to apply for these examinations and for guidance in preparing for them.

Maintaining Active Status

After completing all course requirements, all graduate music students must maintain an active status continuous enrollment for both Fall and Spring semesters until the degree is granted.  This is accomplished by enrolling in MUHL665 Comprehensive Exam Preparation (non-repeatable with fee attached), MUHL670 Comprehensive Exam (non-repeatable), or MUHL655 Program Continuation (repeatable with fee attached) until the degree is earned.  A student who fails to maintain continuous enrollment as defined here, will not be allowed to finish their degree requirements until he/she applies to the Department of Music for degree reactivation and pays the established fees for each semester of absence in the program.  The reactivation fee used will be the latest AU Bulletin fee listed for MUHL655 Program Continuation.

Graduation Requirements

Students majoring in music education must qualify for a state teaching certificate prior to conferral of degree.

Admission Requirements

  • General requirements for admission to graduate study as stated in the Admissions section of this bulletin.
  • Musicians with various backgrounds often qualify to study music at the graduate level. Normally, a baccalaureate degree with a major in music is required; however, the following categories may also qualify:
  1. Students with an earned baccalaureate degree within any major, assuming adequate undergraduate preparation in music. Adequate preparation includes mastery of music theory equivalent to content of MUCT242 Music Theory IV and MUCT153 Ear Training Laboratory III; mastery of music history equivalent to content of MUHL446-448 Music Literature and Style (Antiquity to 20th Century); and mastery of level of performance appropriate to the specific chosen master’s program.
  2. Students who have completed programs comparable to the baccalaureate degree from non-United States institutions.
  • The Department of Music requires placement examinations in music history and literature, music theory, piano proficiency, and an audition in the major area of performance for all entering students prior to registration. Admission status is provisional until these examinations are completed and any deficiencies removed. Courses used to make up for a deficiency may be taken for graduate credit but may not count for graduate requirements; a minimum grade of B must be earned.
  • A Graduate Scholarship Tuition Reduction is available to students with a minimum GRE Exam score of 297 (quantitative + verbal) or Music Placement Exam average score of 70.

Non-degree (Guest) Students. A student who plans to study music under this classification may be admitted to courses as approved by the department chair.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Exhibit advanced technical and artistic skills in their area of expertise.
  • Learn and apply pedagogical methods, techniques, and tools related to their area of expertise, as appropriate to their degree track.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of music history – including the development of musical styles and the contextual forces that have influenced and shaped their development, primarily in the Western art music tradition.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in the theoretical foundations of Western music through aural skills, analysis, and understanding of historical context.
  • Demonstrate astute skills in music research and writing.
  • Hone critical thinking skills by:
    • Responding to scholarly research both orally and in written form.
    • Preparing informed musical performances (or compositions) based on their theoretical and historical understanding of the repertoire.
    • Preparing and bringing to completion their capstone.

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