Earn Your Master of Music in Music Education Online


Build on your passion for inspiring future musicians and amplify your career as a culturally responsive leader in music education. This degree program is designed to strengthen your ability to develop and apply sound teaching strategies in diverse settings.

Apply by: 8/1/24
Start class: 8/22/24

Program Overview

Explore the 100% online Master of Music in Music Education

In the Master of Music in Music Education online degree program, you will gain the rigorous advancement in musicianship and educational leadership you need to grow your impact on student success in a broad range of learning environments. Expand your scope of influence as a music teacher, band director, choir director, department chair or supervisor of school music programs—as well as other educational roles in K-12 public and private schools and beyond.

The curriculum for this online Master of Music program provides a comprehensive study of the historical, philosophical and psychological bases of music pedagogy. Learn from distinguished faculty consisting of researchers, performers and presenters who are recognized internationally for their dedication to the improvement of music education. With no audition and no GRE requirement for admission, this affordable master's in music education online program is flexible and accessible for working professionals.

In this program, you will:
  • Interpret how different curricula evolve through the historical development of music education, the research in principles of learning and its application within the disparate cultural settings of individual schools
  • Compare a variety of learning theories and methodologies and their applications to develop diverse teaching strategies
  • Evaluate historical and theoretical approaches to classical and popular music to better support their application to music education at modern primary and secondary schools
  • Create new approaches to teaching by applying method-based strategies within unique teaching environments
Become a more effective educational leader in a broad range of roles, including:
  • Music Teacher
  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Orchestra Director
  • Department Chair
  • Supervisor of School Music Programs
The Masters in Music Education does not lead to teacher certification in the state of Texas. Coursework leading to certification is currently available online through the Alternative Certification Program (https://degree.lamar.edu/online-programs/education/edu-certificates/alternative-teaching/).
Total Tuition $10,260*
Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 30

*Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed


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Lamar University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information, contact NASM by mail at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248; or by phone at 703-437-0700.

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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing our online Master of Music in Music Education. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $10,260*
Per Credit Hour $342


View important dates for our online students

Our Master of Music in Music Education online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

8-Week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Fall 18/22/248/1/248/8/248/15/2410/9/24
Fall 210/14/249/23/249/30/2410/7/2412/12/24
Spring I1/16/2512/26/241/2/251/9/253/7/25
Spring II3/17/252/24/253/3/253/10/255/7/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/1/24
Class Starts 8/22/24

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Follow these steps to being admitted to our online M.M. – Music Education

The Master of Music in Music Education online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2.75 GPA

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 in the institutional bachelor's degree will not be admitted.
  • All graduate applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in music (either a B.M. or a B.A./B.S. with a major in music) from a nationally-accredited program.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

The Master's in Music Education does not lead to teacher certification in the state of Texas. Coursework leading to certification is currently available online through the Alternative Certification Program.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official transcript(s) indicating: 1) The conferred bachelor's or master's degree as required for the program of application from a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent. 2) The transcript of the most recent attendance if it differs from the institution of the conferred degree. This requirement applies regardless of the length of time in attendance and regardless of whether credit was earned or is desired. However, if a department or program wishes to review additional transcripts from prior attendance for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing. Students must be eligible to re-enter all colleges and universities previously attended. Failure to disclose previous college attendance is justification for revocation of acceptance and dismissal from Lamar University.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.


See the degree plan for our M.M. – Music Education online program

The Master of Music in Music Education online program consists of 30 credit hours, as outlined in the following degree plan. Courses are offered on a rotational basis and not all courses are offered each session.

MUED 5360: Advanced Choral Conducting and two online courses cross-listed with Vocology may be substituted for any three of the following courses: MUED 5321, MUED 5330, MUED 5331, MUED 5332.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course leads students in learning how to read and understand research articles, acquaints them with various genres of research in music education, and provides opportunities to design and execute a research study.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Traditional and contemporary approaches to the visual and aural analyses of music from all periods.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An in-depth inquiry into the music and lives of J.S. Bach and Beethoven with the goal of understanding their oeuvre and importance to the history of music. Additional insights into the music of the Baroque and Classical Eras.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The historical, philosophical and psychological bases of music education.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Development of technical facility in conducting choral music, with emphasis on complex interpretive elements and problems of the choral conductor.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Research problems of special interest to students whose major emphasis is on the graduate field of music. Research paper required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the history and development of music education in the United States from the earliest roots in antiquity through the present day, with consideration for application to current teaching practice.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the aesthetics, styles, and practices of popular music during the twentieth century. Styles considered include bands, ragtime, jazz, rock, and others.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The analysis and writing of music based on twentieth century harmonic techniques and devices.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine several current approaches to teaching music including those of Orff, Kodaly, Delacroze, Suzuki, Gordon and Comprehensive Musicianship and the Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project. Students will research their philosophies, practices and goals and objectives and develop applications to their own teaching situations.

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