The Master of Music in Music Education degree is designed for the teacher who desires to continue developing musicianship skills, develop deeper into the foundations of music education, and focus on areas of teaching. In addition to foundational graduate courses, specific Music Education courses may be taken according to the student’s area of expertise and teaching. Completion of this degree program will give students the knowledge and skills necessary to become educational leaders in elementary or secondary schools or to continue study in leading doctoral programs throughout the country.
Master of Music Education Degree with emphases in • Elementary School Music Education • Secondary School Music Education (choral, instrumental, general) • Junior College Music Education (choral, instrumental, general) • Comprehensive Music Education (combined, integrated areas of study)
Admission requires a music degree and an audition. Diagnostic tests in music education, music theory, and history will help plan your first semesters of study.
For general information on the master’s degree, contact Dr. David Ware, or Dr. Ramon Jackson Graduate Coordinator in Music.
How to apply: Master in Music
All incoming graduate students are required to take diagnostic exams in music history/literature and music theory. The exams are offered the week before the start of school in the fall and spring semesters and during the first days of the first summer term. Students are required to take all exams at their first enrollment. Those students who neglect to take the exams at the required time will be reclassified to conditional admission status.
Students who do not pass the music theory exam will be required to take MUS 540, Theory Review, in addition to the other music theory requirements for their degree. MUS 540 will not be counted as a theory credit.
Students who do not pass the music history exam will be required to take MUS 560, General History of Music, in addition to the other music history requirements for their degree. MUS 560 will not be counted as a history credit.
Exams are graded promptly and students are informed of the outcome quickly so that they can schedule classes accordingly. A record of the exam grade and additional course requirements are kept in the student’s file.
Please contact Dr. David Ware or Dr. Ramon Jackson with any specific questions about graduate programs or requirements.
In addition to scholarships, the Jackson State University Department of Music offers assistantships to graduate students.
Generally, assistantships pay $ per nine-month school year, waive the out-of-state tuition portion, and waive 75% of the in-state tuition portion. Assistantship assignments are based on your interests and strengths and the needs of the department. You must apply for an assistantship to be considered.