Music Education Program Information and Admission Requirements

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Master of Arts in Education Degree

Music Education

The Department of Music offers its graduate program to serve three main purposes:

  1. Provide a comprehensive course of academic study for those students who seek the Master of Arts in Education—Music Education degree;
  2. Make available relevant and engaging graduate courses for those students who do not wish to pursue an advanced degree; and
  3. Provide for graduate students experiences which will serve their cultural and professional needs.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Music Education will require the following:

  1. A completed graduate application form (and fee);
  2. Completion of the bachelor's degree with a major in music from a fully accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; an official transcript from the institution at which the applicant has taken undergraduate work (must be sent directly from the undergraduate institution(s)).
  3. Undergraduate courses may not be taken for graduate degree credit.
  4. Satisfactory completion of departmental entrance requirements:
    • Take the UNK Graduate Music Examination (If deficiencies are indicated, additional coursework may be required.)
    • Present a portfolio including a one to two page philosophy of teaching, sample programs, curriculum, and other examples of organizational, philosophical, research or performance experiences
    • Submit a DVD with 10-20 minutes demonstrating teaching ability in the classroom, rehearsal, or studio (for private teachers).
    • Submit a recording or a performance on principal instrument or voice (required of those who wish to enroll in graduate level applied lessons).
    • Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of the applicant's capabilities/professional musical experience;
  5. Admission is complete when an approved Program of Study and Application for Candidacy are on file.

Completion of this program requires passing a comprehensive examination covering the following areas: music theory, music history, music education, general.

13 Jul 2011