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The graduate programs in Music Education are designed to meet the needs of music educators who are seeking to grow as musicians and 21st century educators. Westminster offers full-time and part-time enrollment options that include on-line study, private voice or conducting lessons, Kodály certification; summer workshops, institutes, and study abroad programs; and professional-level choral experiences taught by world-class faculty.

Master of Music in Music Education (MM in ME)

The Master of Music in Music Education (MM in ME) is designed for students who wish to focus in music education with a concentration in applied music or composition. The degree is for those who hold an undergraduate degree in music education and a teaching certificate.


Master of Music Education (MME)

The Master of Music Education (MME) program is designed for licensed music educators who want to improve music teaching and student learning. It includes 12 “focus area” credits that may be used for Choral Emphasis, Kodály Emphasis with Certification, or General Emphasis. The degree culminates in the preparation of a thesis. The program can be completed part-time through online classes and summer study or over two academic years with some summer study.


Master of Music Education – Choral Emphasis (MME - Choral Emphasis)

The Master of Music Education – Choral Emphasis (MME - Choral Emphasis) program is designed for licensed music educators who want to improve their conducting, teaching and rehearsal skills. The degree culminates in the preparation of a capstone project or a thesis. The degree can be completed part-time through online classes and summer study or over two academic years with some summer study.


Note: Individuals who lack music teacher certification but have an undergraduate degree in music may be able to pursue New Jersey music teacher certification, through the Graduate Level Teacher Preparation (GLTP) program in Rider's School of Education. Questions about the GLTP program in relation to Music Eduacation degrees may be directed to Janet Cape at [email protected]



For more information about graduate music education degree programs, contact the music education graduate advisor

Al Holcomb
Chairperson, Associate Professor
Taylor Hall

Al Holcomb is associate professor at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University where he is chair of Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on the topics music assessment, music teacher mentoring and professional development, choral music education, adolescent vocal development and aural skill development.