Chair: Dr. Rollo Dilworth
Undergraduate Degree Programs:
B.M. Music Education/Voice Concentration
B.M. Music Education/Piano Concentration, Band/Orchestra Emphasis
B.M. Music Education/Piano Concentration, Choral/General Emphasis
B.M. Music Education/Instrumental Concentration
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Piano Concentration, Band/Orchestra Emphasis
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Piano Concentration, Choral/General Emphasis
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Instrumental Concentration
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Voice Concentration
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program prepares students to teach, through an integrated sequence of academic coursework, music skills refinement, and pre-service internship in urban and suburban educational settings. Successful completion of this degree program is one of the qualifications required to apply for teaching certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Certification allows the graduate to teach general music, vocal and instrumental, in grades PreK-12.
The undergraduate program provides two options: 4-year Traditional and 5-year Jazz – each with its own audition requirements and curricula. Students may choose to pursue a dual degree, such as music education and performance.
Coursework in applied music, conducting, theory, history, keyboard, instrumental and vocal pedagogy, music education, internships and externships complete a comprehensive program that emphasizes musicianship, interpersonal skills and teaching proficiency.
Two student teaching placements are required: one each in an elementary and secondary setting.
Graduate Degree Programs
Contact: Dr. Deborah Confredo
Director, Graduate Programs for Music Education
Graduate programs at Boyer are a top choice for those who live and work nearby while others choose to relocate from out-of-state or abroad. Graduate students choose Boyer for a variety of reasons:
- To earn continuing education units to maintain certification
- To develop greater focus on musicianship and music education studies
- To learn to critically review, design, analyze and report research
- To aspire to a career in higher education
- To become an effective public school administrator
Boyer can provide an individualized course of study for graduate students interested in meeting any of these goals.
M.M. Music Education
The Master of Music in Music Education program provides advanced study through specialization in practice, research, or both. A degree in music education is required. The degree culminates with a final project or thesis.
The program consists of required core courses in music education, applied music, and music studies. The majority of the program focuses on elective courses, allowing students to identify a specialty. The master’s degree track provides a flexible schedule that allows working professionals to take evening courses and offers teaching and research assistantships for qualified candidates.
M.M.: Music Education plus Certification
The Masters Plus Certification program is a perfect option for those who hold a bachelor’s degree in music and wish to acquire teaching licensure in Pennsylvania. The Masters Plus Certification program allows qualified candidates (those who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in music) the opportunity to enroll at Temple as a graduate student in the M.M. in Music Education degree program and simultaneously complete an array of courses that prepare them for Pennsylvania teaching licensure.
Requirements for the Online M.M. MUED
The Online M.M. MUED is a 32-hour degree program. Completion in two years is possible for motivated students.
Required Courses: 14 credits
|MUED 8651||Psychology of Music Learning and Behavior||3 credits|
|MUED 8652||Measurement and Evaluation in Music||3 credits|
|MUED 8653||Learning Theory in Music||3 credits|
|MUED 8661||Research in Music Education||3 credits|
|MUED 9996||MM: Final Project or Thesis||2 credits|
Elective Courses: 18 credits
|Music Education Electives (courses or workshops)||9 credits|
|Supporting Areas (including Music Education)||9 credits|
Applications are taken at any time. You need to provide:
- A current professional résumé
- An undergraduate transcript showing a completed degree in Music Education with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
- Two letters of recommendation
- A personal goal statement
- Academic and Musical Profile: Video of your teaching (no more than 15 minutes) – it can be formal or informal and can include anything from one-on-one instruction to a large ensemble. Applicants must submit a digital video (no more than 15 minutes) via Decision Desk of representative instruction episodes that adequately demonstrate both teaching skills and musicianship. The recording may include any type of music teaching. Applicants should include a brief written narrative explaining the contents of the video. SUBMIT MY AMP - Performance
- Complete graduate school admission application
- Optional: other material that you think will be helpful for us to know about you (e.g. academic paper, ensemble composition, curriculum, lesson plan, performance video or audio, etc.)
For those interested in certification, we offer a Masters Plus Certification degree. All of the MM coursework can be completed online. Coursework leading to certification must be completed at Temple’s main campus.
The Online MM MUED at TU:
- Allows you to study from home
- Connects you with a world class faculty at this leading institution
- Lets you establish your own pace of learning and accomplishment
- Helps you to cultivate professional relationships both near and far
- Emphasizes personalization with a flexible, quality curriculum
How Do I Start?
- Apply here
- No need for GRE or audition
- Want to chat? Speak with Dr. Deborah Confredo, Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Do I Need to Know About the Degree:
- This program is open to all practicing music educators. (For those seeking certification, we offer a Masters Plus Certification degree. All of the MM coursework can be completed in the online format. Coursework leading to certification must be completed at Temple’s main campus.)
- Can be completed 100% online or students may choose a combination of online, workshop, and F2F coursework
- Can be completed in two years
- Can be tailored to meet your teaching needs
What Do I Need to Know About Temple University:
- NASM accredited
- Research I institute
- Critically acclaimed faculty
- The design of the online MM in Music Education follows in the footsteps of TU's #1 ranked Online MBA
- Outstanding technology infrastructure to assist online learners
Temple University, a vibrant educational home in the heart of a city with a historic past, engaging present and magnificent future, opens its virtual doors to music educators from across the globe with the online MM MUED. The Boyer College of Music and Dance has long been noted for its prominent place in Music Education; the online degree extends Boyer’s reach and lets you be a part of this rich culture right from your own home. Enjoy working with faculty with international reputations in all areas of Music Education. They are clinicians, academicians, conductors, composers, and performers. They work with students of all ages from the very young to the very seasoned. They are fulltime faculty who are committed to their students and the profession.
The Online MM MUED at TU offers all of the advantages of the F2F classes in addition to several unique benefits that come from an online system.
- Continue your personal and professional development.
- Improve your practice and level of inquiry.
- Interact with a world-class faculty.
- Make connections with other professionals, near and far.
- Work at your own pace.
- Enjoy a flexible curriculum that focuses on your needs.
- Access TU’s terrific online research resources.
- Access TU’s incredible online musical resources.
- Access to TU’s amazing team of tech experts to facilitate your learning.
- Complete the program 100% online or enjoy the option to supplement your online work and join us at any time for live, F2F courses or workshops.
Learning in the Online MM MUED at TU
The Online MM MUED allows students to tailor the curriculum to meet their needs. Courses in Music Education can be complemented with other online offerings in areas across the campus. There is room for outside workshop credit, too. Courses will engage you in all areas of music teaching and learning. Your own classroom or rehearsal hall can be your personal lab where you test drive new concepts and ideas. Here is a sampling of interest areas:
- Early childhood, elementary, and secondary methods
- Instrumental and choral techniques, literature, and conducting
- Teaching with technology
- Historical foundations
- Psychology of music learning and behavior; perception and cognition
- Informal music learning
- Contemporary and non-traditional ensembles
- Jazz education
- Popular music styles in contemporary music education
- Urban education
- Community music
The Online MM MUED builds on the foundation of knowledge that you have already developed. It helps you to grow those skills while leading you to discover new facets of your musical self. A graduate of this program will have expanded skills in:
- creative and innovative thinking;
- competencies necessary to educate the 21st century music learner, in individual and group settings;
- applying diverse methodologies and philosophies of music teaching and learning;
- inclusive instruction effectiveness;
- synthesizing information, collaboratively and independently, to show conceptual understanding and generate new products;
- community outreach and music making, and;
- making research relevant in music teaching and learning settings.
Ph.D. Music Education
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education focuses on the confluence of research and practice and provides a forum for the candidate to hone musical and academic skills while training for the professoriate. Applicants must hold at least one degree in Music Education. A minimum of three years' successful elementary or secondary teaching experience is required. The degree culminates with a written dissertation.
The Ph.D. track prepares graduates for university-level teaching and research. This program provides a flexible schedule that allows working professionals to take evening courses and offers teaching and research assistantships for qualified candidates. Boyer Ph.D. graduates teach in universities throughout the United States and abroad.
Music Education at the Boyer College of Music and Dance has a long and distinguished tradition at Temple University. Originally housed within the College of Education until the early 1960s, it became the flagship program within Temple’s College of Music, now recognized as the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Music education students study with exceptional faculty and perform in ensembles that cover a broad range of repertoire. They can also take advantage of the 300 faculty, student and guest artist concerts on campus each year.
Alumni serve as ambassadors to the College, teaching in a variety of urban and suburban settings or conducting a broad range of musical genres -- from show choirs, to jazz bands, string ensembles, marching bands, Orff ensembles and techno-pop groups.
Music education programs at the Boyer College are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Why Choose Music Education at Boyer?
- Upon successful completion of the program and achieving passing scores on the Praxis Series Assessments, undergraduate students qualify for Instructional I Pennsylvania State Certification, a requirement for teaching choral, instrumental, or classroom music in Pennsylvania, K-12
- Pennsylvania Certification is automatically reciprocal with over 20 states
- Students can elect to study privately with major performance faculty
- Students have numerous performing opportunities including choral ensembles, wind ensembles, brass ensembles, percussion ensemble, string ensembles, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, jazz band, marching band and many others
- Students observe in a variety of PreK-12 classrooms in both urban and suburban schools, and participate in pre-service intern experiences as well as supervised student teaching externships
- B.M. candidates may choose to pursue a dual degree with music performance or therapy
- The Department’s established history of pioneering important work in music learning theory
- Graduate programs provide a flexible schedule for working professionals, and elective courses allowing for diverse specializations
- Graduate and undergraduate research opportunities
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Music education students are invited to join the Boyer chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which also provides membership to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Members receive these publications: PMEA News, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music. NAfME members also benefit from presentations by visiting professional music educators and regular meetings with colleagues. The chapter sends members to the annual Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference.