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Online Master's in Music Education (MME)

An Online Program to Enhance Your Musicianship and Teaching Skills

Earn a master’s in music education online and improve your teaching and music skills as you expand your knowledge of the field. Designed for certified K–12 educators.

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  • Duration 12-24 months*
  • Cost per Credit $540
  • Credit Hours 33

Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • Complete as quickly as one year
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • No GRE required

* shortest program duration

Take Music Education to the Next Level with an Online Master’s Degree in Music

Improve your music 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 music master’s degree 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 online master’s degree in music education, you will have the option for an applied project or a thesis. The applied project option lets you use your skills in a professional setting, which adds hands-on experience to your online music education degree. The thesis requires that you write a relevant piece of scholarship, applying what you learned in the online music education master’s program as you investigate an area of the field.

This program does not lead to teaching licensure.

Online Master’s Degree in Music Education: A Career-Focused Curriculum

Our online master’s degree in music education 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 for the Online Master’s Degree in Music Education

To apply to our online master’s degree in music education, 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.
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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 master’s degree in music education is offered at just $540 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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Music Education Degree 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
  • Teach music education effectively for diverse age groups
  • Apply effective teaching methods in diverse classrooms to help children appreciate and become enthusiastic about music

Careers in Music Education

Discover some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your online master’s degree in music education:

  • Postsecondary music teacher
    Postsecondary music teachers teach music education at the college level. These music teachers may teach students about music history or they may help students enhance their musical abilities through vocal or instrumental instruction. The average annual salary for this type of music teacher is $83,220.
  • High school teacher
    High school music teachers may teach music history or provide vocal or instrumental instruction to students. These music teachers help prepare their students to pursue higher education or career opportunities after high school. The average annual salary for this type of music teacher is $62,870.
  • Elementary school teacher
    Elementary school music teachers introduce children to music and help them establish the necessary foundations to excel vocally and instrumentally as they grow. The average annual salary for this type of music teacher is $60,660.

Average and median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

You can complete the online Master of Music Education (MME) in as few as 12 months.

The online Master of Music Education (MME) requires the completion of 11 courses. You can choose a thesis or non-thesis completion option for this program. Learn more about the curriculum for this program here.

You can start your application here.

Yes, there are scholarships available. Find out if you qualify for a scholarship opportunity here.

This program builds on the skills you’ll need to effectively teach music to students of all ages. Though some states require only a bachelor’s degree to teach music, many require that educators have a master’s degree.

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