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Music Education, MM

The MM in Music Education is designed to cultivate continued development of professional competence beyond the baccalaureate degree. High levels of musicianship and pedagogical expertise are integrated into a comprehensive program of study.

Unique to the degree in music education are four degree options that enable you to pursue your interests and talents. At the core of each of the 30-hour degree option is coursework that immerses you in the foundations and research of music education, performance studies, music history and music theory.

To complete the degree, you can select from the following four options of coursework and culminating projects: Field Study Option; Recital Option; Thesis Option; or Certification Option.

Your Degree Plan


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We offer four degree options so you can pursue your interests and talents. All include coursework in foundations and research, performance studies, music history and music theory.

As a Music Education master's degree student, you'll choose one of these options:

  • Field Study Option: Emphasizes teaching and includes opportunities to integrate performance studies and research with a school-based field study that demonstrates application of knowledge and skills from graduate study as a culminating project.

  • Recital Option: Emphasizes performance studies and includes opportunities to integrate research and teaching with a representative public recital that demonstrates advanced performance competence as a culminating project.

  • Thesis Option: Emphasizes research and includes opportunities to integrate performance and teaching with an original thesis that demonstrates advanced research and writing competence as a culminating project.

  • Certification Option: Designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in music other than music education. Coursework (including student teaching) leads to a professional certificate (birth-adult music, West Virginia) and is combined with a master’s degree in music education with the generation of a professional portfolio as a culminating project. Students begin this program with a series of undergraduate courses that are necessary for certification. This block of undergraduate courses ranges from 0 to 20 credits, depending on the student’s previous coursework.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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Canady Creative Arts Center

The Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts center boasts 4 exhibition spaces, 5 performance spaces, 33 individual practice rooms and 50 classrooms and studios with plenty of space to create. The loading dock at the rear of the building is a wonderful open-air space with stunning acoustics.

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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelor's degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75. WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

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