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 offers three options for delivery of Master’s degree programs in Music Education: (1) A Master of Music in Music Education degree, which consists of a mixture of face-to-face and online classes. Students in this degree option are classified as either in-state or out-of-state residents for tuition purposes. (2) A fully online Master of Music in Music Education degree, which is delivered 100% online at a reduced tuition rate. (3) A Master of Music in Music Education degree plus Certification, which consists of a mixture of face-to-face and online classes. Students in this degree option are classified as either in-state or out-of-state residents for tuition purposes. Please note that once a student matriculates into one of the three delivery options listed directly above, s/he may not switch to a different delivery option.
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 bachelor’s degree in music education is required. The Master’s degree culminates with a ﬁnal project or thesis. Coursework consists of a mixture of face-to-face and online classes.
The program consists of required core courses in music education and additional 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. The program is delivered in a mixture of face-to-face and online courses. Students in this degree option are classified as either in-state or out-of-state residents for tuition purposes.
Requirements for the Online M.M. MUED
The Online M.M. MUED is delivered completely online at the reduced tuition rate of $725 per graduate credit. Completion in two years is possible for motivated students.
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 VIA DecisionDesk
- 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.)The Online MM MUED at Temple University:
- Allows you to study from home.
- All coursework is completed completely online
- Connects you online with a world class faculty at a leading institution
- Allows you to 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
- Tuition rate is $725 per credit hour
- Note that due to U.S. state regulations, Temple University is permitted to provide fully online distance education programs to residents of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These U.S. state regulations do not apply to students residing outside the United States and its territories. Additional information related to state authorization is located at http://online.temple.edu/legal/state-authorization . Temple University is actively pursuing permission to provide fully online distance education programs in additional states and territories. For any questions related to state authorization, students can contact the Office of Digital Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students must already have teacher certification in at least one state to do the online music education degree. If a student needs to obtain state teacher certification, they will NOT be permitted to pursue the online MM degree program because all of the UG certification courses are being offered only as F2F.
- Students holding an F-1 Visa are ineligible for the online music education program due to Federal regulations that permit no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter to be taken completely online.
How Do I Start?
- No need for GRE or audition
- Want to chat? Contact Speak with Dr. Deborah Confredo, Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education
What Do I Need to Know About the Degree?
This program is open to all practicing music educators. For those seeking teacher certification, refer to the section below entitled, "M.M.: Music Education plus Certification."
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 Temple'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 Temple offers several unique beneﬁts that come from an online delivery.
- 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 to Temple's online research resources.
- Access to Temple's team of technical experts to facilitate learning.
- Complete the program 100% online.
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; musicianship;
- 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.
For those who do not currently hold teacher certiﬁcation, the Boyer College offers a Masters Plus Certiﬁcation degree. Refer to the section below entitled, “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 (e.g. music performance, music history, etc.) and wish to acquire teaching licensure in Pennsylvania. The Masters Plus Certiﬁcation program allows qualiﬁed candidates 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. The program is delivered in a mixture of face-to-face and online courses. Students in this degree option are classified as either in-state or out-of-state residents for tuition purposes.
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.