Master of Music (Music Education)


The Master of 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 Master of Music degree.

Marketable Skills

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."

  1. Connect theory with professional practice​.
  2. 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.

Degree Requirements 

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH).

Special requirement

A grade of A or B for courses to be counted toward the degree.

Final Examination

An oral examination will include a comprehensive review of the major area of emphasis and the culminating project. The result of the exam will be reported as:

  1. pass,
  2. not pass, or
  3. deferral (exam may only be repeated once).


Major Area
MU 5423Research in Music Education3
MU 5433Psychological Foundations of Music Education3
MU 5653History and Philosophy of Music Education3
MU 5663Seminar in Music Curriculum and Methodology3
Other Studies in Music
MU 5933Styles in Music3
or MU 5453 Women in Music
MU 5403Music Theory Pedagogy3
Electives: Select from Music or Education (In consultation with advisor.)12
Select One of the Following Options6
Professional Paper Option
Professional Paper
Music Electives (3 credits)
Thesis Option
Total SCHs36

Master of Music with an Emphasis in Education and EC-12 Teacher Certification

45 semester credit hours.

Our Master of 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)
Additional Coursework
READ 5543Introduction to Literacy and Learning in the Disciplines3
Field-Based Experience
EDUC 5936Professional Internship6
Total SCHs9

More information regarding the teacher certification process is available at College of Professional Education.