Music Education, MA Ed

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $302.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $482.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The fully online Music Education, MA Ed program is designed for teachers wishing to advance their degree and for music enthusiasts.

Students of this program experience:

  • Online music courses for teachers seeking a Master of Arts in Education, Music Education degree program 
  • Education that will serve the students cultural or professional needs 
  • A variety of courses for those seeking personal or professional fulfillment 

Students may choose this program because:

  • They are a teacher at the K-12 or community college level looking for musical professional development 
  • They plan to continue their graduate education toward a doctorate 
  • They seek personal musical development 
  • They wish to enhance professional goals 

Career Outlook: The need for K-12 educators is in high demand across all areas of study with the demand for Arts, Drama and Music Teachers increasing due to rising student enrollment.  

Careers in Music Education include:

  • Music Instructor 
  • Elementary/Primary School Music Teacher 
  • Secondary School Music Teacher 
  • Choir Director 
  • Music Education Supervisor 
  • Band Director 
  • Musicologist 
  • Private Instrument Teacher 
  • Music Librarian 
  • Orchestral Musician 
  • Music Producer 
  • College, Conservatory or University Music Professor

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with major in music

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    Philosophy of Teaching essay (300-500 words)

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. Professional resume

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

Program of Study:

  • Music Theory - 3 cr (MUS 801)
  • Music History/Literature - 6 cr (choose from MUS 848, 849, 851, 852, 899P)
  • Research - 3 cr (TE 800)
  • Music Education Support Courses - 18 cr (must take MUS 800, choose from MUS 814, CSP 800, EDAD 831, TE 803)
  • Performance/Pedagogy Electives - 6 cr (choose from MUS 809P, 811P, 812P, 813P, 815, 816P, 820P, 850, 857P, 894P, 895P, 899P)
  • Capstone - 3 cr (MUS 897)

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MUS 801Music Analysis3

Course Number: MUS 801

Prereq: completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402 with a minimum grade of "B"  A study of the architecture of music, and will include analysis of harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and formal elements in the works of representative composers and styles. The objective of the course is to acquire the ability to approach a piece of music unencumbered by preconceived notions and to discover the structure of music.

MUS 804Introduction to Music Research3

Course Number: MUS 804

The purposes of this course are for students to gain an overview of online research tools available through the UNK library, applying these tools towards: a class research project; preparation for other graduate level courses; and ultimately the graduate Capstone and gain familiarity with various style manuals (MLA, APA, and Chicago). Prerequisite: Admission to Music graduate program

MUS 846Survey of Choral Literature3

Course Number: MUS 846

This course examines significant and noted sacred and secular choral literature from the Renaissance to 21st century through general characteristics and development of form, style, and performance practice considering specific examples of representative works. Department Consent Required. Prerequisite: Completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402 with a minimum grade of "B" and permissions of instructor.

MUS 897Graduate Capstone Project3

Course Number: MUS 897

Prereq: minimum 24 hours graduate music program coursework or permission of graduate program chair/department chair Research and/or performance final project in an area of special interest to the student that demonstrates an integration of ideas from at least two content areas of the graduate music program—Aesthetics, Education (foundations, philosophy, psychology), History/Literature, Theory, Pedagogy/Methods, and Performance.

TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 800Advanced Educational Psychology3

Course Number: CSP 800

This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.

EDAD 831Social Foundations of Education3

Course Number: EDAD 831

This course provides insight into the relationship of education to the social order, a rationale for the underlying philosophy of education, and an understanding of how political theory and social forces provide for school organization and authority.

MUS 809PVocal Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 809P

A study of the problems confronted in dealing with the voice of the beginning and the advanced singer, and an analysis and compilation of suitable literature.

MUS 811PWoodwind Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 811P

An opportunity to study the problems and techniques peculiar to the woodwind instruments; to gain additional proficiency in playing; and to study teaching methods suitable for both individual and group instruction.

MUS 812PBrass Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 812P

A course designed to study the pedagogy, performance, and literature of the brass instruments through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and performance.

MUS 813PPercussion Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 813P

Emphasis placed on techniques of teaching designed to enhance the educator's ability to identify and correct faulty percussion playing in both individual and ensemble performance; and to serve as a source of information for the development of marching band, concert band and percussion ensembles.

MUS 814Aesthetics of Music3

Course Number: MUS 814

A survey of the standard literature of aesthetics. A consideration of art in its relation to experience with specific reference to the function of music in an educational program.

MUS 815Graduate Secondary Applied Instruction Studio1

Course Number: MUS 815

Applied study in a secondary area in music composition, piano, vocal or instrumental areas. A jury examination is required at the end of each semester of study. A private lesson fee will be assessed. Total Credits Allowed: 5.00 Prerequisite: Music degree seeking student that has been successfully accepted to the graduate program.

MUS 816PSpecial Topics in Piano Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 816P

Topical studies of various teaching techniques and materials used in individual and/or group piano instruction at elementary, intermediate or advanced levels.

MUS 820PString Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 820P

A course designed to develop string teaching competency in a public school instrumental program. Actual playing experience combined with study of available materials, organizational procedures, and problems likely to be encountered.

MUS 848History of Baroque Music3

Course Number: MUS 848

Prereq: completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402 with a minimum grade of "B" This course develops an in depth understanding of fundamental compositional style elements and performance practices utilized in the Baroque Era, and explores relationships between major philosophical, sociological, and political currents and their relationship to musical developments. The course further acquaints students with landmark composers and compositions that may serve as reference points in their professional musical development.

MUS 849History of Classical Music3

Course Number: MUS 849

Prereq: completion of Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402 with a minimum grade of "B" This course develops an in depth understanding of fundamental compositional style elements and performance practices utilized in the Classical Era, and explores relationship between major philosophical, sociological, and political currents and their relationship to musical developments. The course further acquaints students with landmark composers and compositions that may serve as reference points in their professional musical development.

MUS 850Graduate Applied Instruction2

Course Number: MUS 850

Prereq: submission of a recording of a performance on principal instrument or voice Applied study in graduate music composition, piano, vocal or instrumental areas. A jury examination is usually required at the end of each semester. A private lesson fee will be assessed.

MUS 851History of Romantic Music3

Course Number: MUS 851

Prereq: completion of the Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402 with a minimum grade of "B" This course develops an in depth understanding of fundamental compositional style elements and performance practices utilized in the Romantic Era, and explores relationships between major philosophical, sociological, and political currents and their relationship to musical developments. The course further acquaints students with landmark composers and compositions that may serve as reference points in their professional musical development.

MUS 852History of Twentieth Century Music3

Course Number: MUS 852

Prereq: completion of the Graduate Music Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 80% or completion of MUS 402 with a minimum grade of "B" This course is designed to increase the depth of the student's knowledge of the music of our own time. It will include an overview of the major currents and composers in 20th century music and will focus on a few specific composers and ideas.

MUS 857PElementary School Music3

Course Number: MUS 857P

Current trends in curriculum planning, assessment, and effective teaching strategies at the elementary level.

MUS 894PWind Band Pedagogy3

Course Number: MUS 894P

This course is designed to further develop the band director's understanding of appropriate literature and rehearsal techniques. The course will promote the refinement of analytical skills necessary to more fully identify, understand, teach, and conduct quality repertoire. The course objectives are designed to improve analytical skills and rehearsal effectiveness through a scholarly approach to score study and rehearsal philosophy. Department consent required

MUS 895PChoral Pedgagoy3

Course Number: MUS 895P

This course is designed to further develop the choral director's understanding of appropriate literature and rehearsal techniques. The course will promote the refinement of analytical skills necessary to more fully identify, understand, teach, and conduct quality repertoire. The course objectives are designed to improve analytical skills and rehearsal effectiveness through a scholarly approach to score study and rehearsal philosophy. Department consent required

MUS 899PMusic Special Topics1-3

Course Number: MUS 899P

TE 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $302.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $354.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $906.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1062.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $482.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $534.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1446.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1602.75

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