Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music Education

Graduates of the Ph.D. degree program in Music Education at the Frost School of Music become highly competent music education researchers, music teacher educators, and leaders in the music education profession. Applicants must have completed at least three years of teaching in public or private school settings and admission to the program is highly selective. Acceptance is based on academic record, teaching experience, Graduate Record Examination scores, recommendations and a personal interview.

Research is at the heart of the Ph.D. program in music education. Students earn a cognate in research methodology and take advanced seminars in qualitative and quantitative research.  All students must write three publishable professional papers as a part of the qualification for candidacy.  Additionally, students complete a pre-dissertation research project and a doctoral dissertation. In terms of courses, core requirements of this degree program include doctoral seminars, college music teaching, history and philosophy of music education, and music research. A number of exciting music education electives are also available, including music assessment, music in childhood, music learning and curriculum, psychology of music, international music education, cultural diversity in music education, community music programs, and social issues in music learning. Students also have the opportunity to personalize their academic study using the comprehensive course offerings of the entire Frost School, from musicology, theory and composition, conducting, and performance study to improvisation and jazz, entrepreneurship, and audio engineering. The course elective options for students are unique and diverse.

The Frost music education faculty is among the most distinguished in music education, including specialists in preschool, general, choral, instrumental, string, and graduate music education, all with extensive teaching experience. Our faculty is extensively published in both journals and books, and regularly makes professional presentations in both national and international venues. Faculty research interests include:  adult music learning; affective response to music; music motivation; music assessment; choral, general, instrumental, and string pedagogy; musical home environment and social contexts of music learning, sociocultural perspectives of music teaching and learning, comparative music education, music education history, integrated arts school reform, and music education policy.

Music education faculty have served on the Journal of Research in Music Education editorial board and serve on the boards of many other professional journals, including Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, Update, Orff Echo, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, and Research Perspectives in Music Education.

Placement rate for our Ph.D. graduates is outstanding. Our alumni teach at the University of Oklahoma, University of Minnesota, West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, Towson University, West Chester University, Mansfield University, Winthrop University, Emporia State University, George Mason University, and Millikin University.

We are interested in Ph.D. students who think outside of the box. Our program prepares students to become deep thinkers and researchers, dynamic music teacher educators, and innovative leaders. We value students and their collaboration with each other and with the faculty in order to shape both their own professional path and the profession towards a progressive model of music education for the 21st Century.

Music Education Faculty:
• Carlos Abril
• Edward Asmus
• Don Coffman
• Joy Galliford
• Corin Overland
• Brian Powell
• Stephen Zdzinski

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Zdzinski, Graduate Program Director at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)