Highly customizable and rigorous, the Ph.D. program in Music Education prepares students to become deep thinkers and researchers, scholars, and innovative leaders in the field. Students 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.
Doctoral students study directly with music faculty who are noted for their outstanding teaching, research, performance, and leadership in the field. Faculty research interests include adult and community 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. Research is at the heart of the Ph.D. program and students earn a cognate in research methodology, taking advanced seminars in qualitative and quantitative research.
This program also includes doctoral seminars and courses in college music teaching, history & philosophy of music education, and unique and diverse elective courses. Students also have the opportunity to personalize their academic study using the comprehensive course offerings of the entire Frost School of Music. Placement rate for our Ph.D. graduates is outstanding, and alumni teach at prominent universities nationwide and internationally. In addition, alumni regular serve on editorial boards of major music education journals, publishing and presenting widely.