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The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. — Mark Van Dore
The Master of Music (MM) degree program in Music Education does more than prepare students to find careers in the classroom, it allows those with a passion for teaching to develop and refine their skills as educators. Students in the program explore the highest level of current pedagogy while exploring innovation for the future of music education. This 31-credit program can be completed full or part-time in four semesters of study and culminates in the preparation of the Plan B Project Research Paper.
Focusing on further development of the skills of music educators as teachers and researchers, the curriculum is designed to cultivate a student’s ability to apply theory in practice, preparing them for the potential to seek a terminal degree in music.
For a full description of our programs, what they offer and how they are constructed, please download and view our Department of Music Graduate Student Handbook which includes information about each degree option from start to finish, including audition requirements for each instrument and voice type.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music and have applied at the University of Minnesota Graduate School. In addition, the following must be submitted for review by the Music Graduate Committee:
1) Department of Music Graduate Study Application
2) Sample of professional writing ( a three to five page paper addressing current issues in music education)
3) Two letters of reference from professional colleagues and/or supervisors describing the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate music program
4) An entrance performance audition on the major instrument or a videotape of classroom teaching or conducting. Register for your audition.
Complete the Music audition registration. Audition dates for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, January 19, 2019*
Saturday, February 23, 2019*
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
*Priority Audition Dates for Graduate Assistant-ships and Scholarship funding
Those students unable to attend these dates may arrange for a different day or time by contacting;
Scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistant-ships are available for graduate students.