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Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework

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Atlanta Campus

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  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)
  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – Does not admit

Master of Music, Concentration in Music Education, M.Mu.

Graduate Coordinator of Music Education
Dr. Patrick Freer

This concentration emphasizes the development of advanced, research-based knowledge and skills in music teaching and learning. The focus is on school music programs. However, students may pursue courses in effective teaching at all age levels, including early childhood through adulthood. Graduate students in music education will be given the opportunity to conduct research and to learn to apply their findings in the classroom. The music education faculty is continuously involved in research related to adolescent voices, educational policy, cognition behind improvisation and more. They use qualitative, quantitative and brain imaging methods to explore important questions with the goal of understanding and improving music learning and teaching.

Successful applicants for the music education concentration generally have experience as excellent general, choral or instrumental music teachers in schools. The music education concentration is not appropriate for candidates seeking initial teaching certification. Applicants should either hold or be eligible for an initial teaching certificate or license. GRE or MAT scores required. Interview recommended.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Program Highlights
  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • Complete the Degree in Four Semesters
  • All Courses Offered in the Evenings
  • Partner with the Johnny Mercer Foundation & Focus on American Popular Music
  • Become Expert in a Topic of Your Choosing

Program Details

Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):

  • Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
  • Personal/Goal Statement: Please provide a statement of your educational and career goals (be as specific as possible).
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
  • Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
  • GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

School of Music Application Materials (https://app.getacceptd.com/gsu): Complete the “Start an Application” fields to view your specific application and audition requirements for the School of Music

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Acceptd application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent. Graduate Assistantships will be determined by both academic success and musical ability.

  • Required Courses: *Select twelve hours from:
    • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
    • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
    • EPY 7080 Psychology of Learning and the Learner (3)
    • MUS 7400 Foundations of Music Education (3)
    • MUS 7590 Seminar in Music Teaching and Learning (3)
    • MUS 8240 Research in Music Education (3)
    • MUS 8260 Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (3)
  • *Select three hours from:
    • MUS 7200 Principles and Strategies of General Music Instruction (3)
    • MUS 7250 Music in the Education of Special Needs Children (3)
    • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Techniques (3)
    • MUS 7560 Winds: Organization and Development of Instrumental Music (3)
    • MUS 7570 Strings: String Literature and Materials (3)
  • *Select three hours from:
    • MUS 7230 Special Topics in Music Education (3)
    • MUS 7700 Psychology of Music Learning (3)
    • MUS 8210 Arts, Education, and the Community (3)
    • MUS 8400 Contemporary Issues and Philosophies in Music Education (3)
    • MUS 8580 Leadership and Supervision of Music Education (3)
  • *Select three additional hours from:
    • MUS 7200 Principles and Strategies of General Music Instruction (3)
    • MUS 7250 Music in the Education of Special Needs Children (3)
    • MUS 7430 Choral Methods and Techniques (3)
    • MUS 7560 Winds: Organization and Development of Instrumental Music (3)
    • MUS 7570 Strings: String Literature and Materials (3)
    • MUS 7700 Psychology of Music Learning (3)
    • MUS 8400 Contemporary Issues and Philosophies in Music Education (3)
  • One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  • One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  • MUS 6730 Computer Applications in Music (2) or substitute course
  • One graduate-level elective course in music (3)
  • Research or Pedagogy Project in Music Education (4)
  • Comprehensive examination: The comprehensive examination in Music Education will take the form of a cumulative paper and portfolio.

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.



The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz, and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, and college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.


Graduate Coordinator of Music Education
Dr. Patrick Freer

Administrative Specialist, Graduate

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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