Students in the Master of Music in Music Education degree program at the Frost School of Music become highly competent in their area of teaching specialty and leaders in music education. Master’s degree students typically join the program after several years of teaching in public or private school settings, and already possess music teacher certification. Admission to the program is highly selective. Acceptance is based on academic record, teaching experience, Graduate Record Examination scores, and recommendations. A personal interview is required if you are interested in obtaining a teaching assistantship.
In addition to a common core of study in music education foundations, music learning and curriculum, music assessment, and research, students have the opportunity to personalize their academic study using the comprehensive course offerings of the entire Frost School. For example, students may explore musicology, theory and composition, conducting, and performance study. Students may also choose to study improvisation and jazz, entrepreneurship, and audio engineering. The course elective options for students are unique and diverse.
Students also have an opportunity to include a number of exciting music education electives as part of their program, including music in childhood, music for special learners, international music education, community music programs, social issues in music learning, cultural diversity in music education, and seminars in choral and instrumental music education. Advanced professional development in music teaching is achieved through completion of a research thesis or professional development project related to their future professional goals. Students can individualize their own professional path at the Frost School of Music.
The Frost Music Education faculty is among the most distinguished in music education, and includes specialists in preschool, general, choral, instrumental, string, and graduate music education, all with extensive teaching experience. Our faculty has written many professional articles and books, and regularly makes professional presentations nationally and internationally. Music education faculty have served on the Journal of Research in Music Education editorial board, and our faculty serve on the boards of many other professional journals, including Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, Update, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Orff Echo, Contributions to Music Education, and Research Perspectives in Music Education.
Graduates of our program have become leaders in music education in K-12, preschool, and community settings as music teachers or music administrators throughout South Florida, the United States, and in countries around the world. Our program prepares advanced students to become deep thinkers, dynamic teachers, and innovative leaders. Experienced teachers may continue to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Music Education to become music teacher educators and music education researchers.
Music Education Faculty:
• Carlos Abril
• Don Coffman
• Corin Overland
• Brian Powell
• Stephen Zdzinski