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Master of Music Education (MME)

Program Overview

A Program to Enhance Your Musicianship and Teaching Skills

Improve your teaching and music skills as you expand your knowledge of the field. Designed for certified K–12 educators.

Improve your teaching and music skills as you expand your knowledge of the field. Designed for certified K–12 educators.

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Take Music Education to the Next Level

Improve your musicianship and leadership skills with the online Master of Music Education program from Lindenwood University. This program allows current K–12 music educators and other music instructors to build on their knowledge and improve their instructional skills.

Our online master’s in music education program explores key topics such as research methods, contemporary issues, and conducting. The program’s faculty consists of experienced musicians and educators.

To complete the master’s in music education program, you will have the option for an applied project or a thesis. The applied project option lets you apply your skills in a professional setting or a final product. The thesis requires that you write a relevant piece of scholarship that investigates an area of the field.

This program does not lead to teaching licensure.

A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

Our online master’s in music education program helps you turn your musicianship and teaching skills up to 11. The 33-credit-hour program explores advanced topics in music education, including conducting and literature, contemporary issues, and learning behaviors.

In addition, you will have the option to complete either a thesis or an applied research project.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online master’s in music education program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of intent, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) with a minimum GPA of 2.8, as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended
    • Undergraduate degree must be in a related field, or leveling courses are required. Please contact your enrollment counselor with questions.
    • If GPA is lower, three references and/or GRE score will be required.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — just at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our online music education degree program is offered at just $495 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and U.S. military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Understand the historical, philosophical, pedagogical, and aesthetic principles relevant to music education
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills in the musical setting
  • Effectively develop a program that enhances instructional methods

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your master’s in music education include:

  • Postsecondary music teacher: $69,960
  • High school teacher: $60,320
  • Elementary school teacher: $57,980

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

This program will give you the skills needed to effectively teach music to students of all ages. In addition, even though some states require only a bachelor’s degree to teach music, many require that educators have a master’s degree.

You can transfer up to 9 credits into this program. Your previously earned credits must be applicable to the curriculum, be from a regionally accredited institution, and meet GPA requirements.

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