The Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Music Education is designed for music educators seeking to extend their knowledge of teaching methodologies, pedagogy, and curriculum development. Elective courses are offered on a variety of topics including teaching exceptional learners, music history, and theory. For students seeking Texas music teacher certification, we offer an option to complete the required coursework while simultaneously working on the M.A. in Music degree.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Connect theory with professional practice.
- Integration and facilitation of research.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
36 semester credit hours (SCH).
A grade of A or B for courses to be counted toward the degree.
An oral examination will include a comprehensive review of the major area of emphasis, the culminating project, and evaluation of musical styles. The result of the exam will be reported as:
- not pass, or
- deferral (exam may only be repeated once).
|MU 5423||Research in Music Education||3|
|MU 5433||Psychological Foundations of Music Education||3|
|MU 5653||History and Philosophy of Music Education||3|
|MU 5663||Seminar in Music Curriculum and Methodology||3|
|Other Studies in Music|
|MU 5933||Styles in Music||3|
|or MU 5453||Women in Music|
|MU 5403||Music Theory Pedagogy||3|
|or MU 5443||Analytical Techniques in Music|
|Electives: Select from Music or Education (In consultation with advisor.)||12|
|Select One of the Following Options||6|
|Professional Paper Option|
Music Electives (3 credits)
M.A. in Music with an Emphasis in Education and EC-12 Teacher Certification
45 semester credit hours.
Our M.A. in Music degree with an emphasis in education offers a specialized track that leads to Texas teacher certification for grades K-12. Our program will provide you with the option of teaching instrumental or vocal music at the elementary or secondary level, and our comprehensive curriculum will prepare you for work as:
- An elementary music specialist.
- A middle or high school band, orchestra, or choir director.
In addition to the coursework above, students seeking Texas teacher certification must complete:
|These courses must be used to satisfy Elective requirements|
|Foundations of Teaching and Learning|
|Learning Theory, Development, and Research|
|Assessment and Instructional Design and Delivery for Diverse Learners|
|Effective Design and Management of the Classroom Environment (EC-12)|
|READ 5543||Introduction to Literacy and Learning in the Disciplines||3|
|EDUC 5936||Professional Internship||6|
More information regarding the teacher certification process is available at College of Professional Education.