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Music Education at UMass Amherst


Developing highly-skilled, innovative music educators for the 21st century 

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Music Education at UMass Amherst


Developing highly-skilled, innovative music educators for the 21st century 

Students perform their own arrangement of Sia's "Chandelier"

OUr Vision

The Music Education program at the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts strives to be innovative and transformative in order to prepare individuals for vital and vibrant careers as music educators in a rapidly changing world. We share the vision of bridging the gap between theory and practice for excellence and equity in music education that leads to making a sustainable and meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Our future educators observing a choral rehearsal at a local high school

Field Work

Our students observe a variety of classes and have opportunities to teach K-12 students out in the field.

The UMass Booth at MMEA

Professional Development

Our students have opportunities to develop their professional identities. UMass Amherst music education alumni are teachers and leaders in K-12 and universities all over the world.

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Contemporary Approaches

Our students graduate with a wide array of experiences in order to be effective and successful in any possible teaching environment.

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Undergraduate Studies


Prepares teachers for PreK-12 public and private school music education programs

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Undergraduate Studies


Prepares teachers for PreK-12 public and private school music education programs

Within this program, students complete courses in music education methods, instrumental techniques, conducting, music theory, music history, private instrument study, and student teaching, and receive a Bachelor of Music degree with a music education concentration. The curriculum prepares undergraduate students for an Initial License to teach music in public schools at all levels. Licensure in the state of Massachusetts is reciprocal with all states except MN, ND, WI, IA, and MO. Those seeking licensure in other states will need to take the educator licensure test and pay the fees for that state in addition to the MA licensure.

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Post-Baccalaureate Licensure


Provides coursework leading to qualification for teaching licensure

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Post-Baccalaureate Licensure


Provides coursework leading to qualification for teaching licensure

This program is administered jointly by the College of Education and the Department of Continuing and Professional Education. 

All applicants must have an earned Bachelor’s degree in music (any area). This program provides coursework leading to qualification for licensure for an Initial License to teach music in the public schools in MA. For more information, please go to http://www.umassulearn.net/programs/graduate/postba-teacher-licensure

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Graduate Studies


Preparing leaders and scholars in music education for our changing world

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Graduate Studies


Preparing leaders and scholars in music education for our changing world

Master of Music in Music Education

Within this degree you can focus on pedagogy, research, applied study, or conducting. All M.M. students who focus on research are required to write a thesis. The capstone project for pedagogy is determined in consultation with the faculty. The capstone project for students focused on applied study or conducting is a recital. Details of the degree can be found at http://www.umass.edu/music/degrees/MM-MusicEducation2014-checklist.pdf

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

This degree is intended for advanced scholars who want to continue the development of their creative, analytical, theoretical, and scholarly skills and knowledge. This degree prepares students for a career as a music education faculty member in higher education. The degree requires two years of coursework, and a Ph.D. student must spend a minimum of one academic year in residence. Details of the degree can be found at http://www.umass.edu/music/degrees/PhD-MusicEducation2014-checklist.pdf

Information about admissions can be found at http://www.umass.edu/music/admissions_grad.php

The graduate handbook can be found at http://www.umass.edu/music/programs_grad.php#doctorate.

For more information on our programs, please contact one of our music education faculty members.

To learn more about our current graduate students click here.