The Master of Music Education program is designed for summer study. It includes music education courses, music core courses, choral ensemble performance, and a self-designed focus proposed by the student to the department. The degree culminates in the preparation of a Master thesis. It is possible for students who hold an undergraduate degree in music to complete New Jersey teacher certification. Students in the certification program must plan to include study during the academic year in order to complete required field experiences, including student teaching.

Master of Music Education (38 semester hours)

 Major Area


ME692 History and Philosophy of Music Education 3
ME693 Seminar in Music Education 3
ME721 Curriculum Development and Evaluation 3
ME723 Psychology for Music Teachers 3



 Core 13
ME685 Research in Music Education *1 3


Choral Experience (2 summer terms) *2

4 (2 per term)
  Theory or Music History elective (2 courses) 6
 Electives 12


Free electives *3



  1. ME685 prepares students to write the thesis for the course ME650. With permission of the Music Education Department, however, students may substitute MH731, Introduction to Musicology. Students should plan on at least one full year to complete the thesis after taking a research course.
  2. Students may take the summer Choral Festival or Bach Festival to fulfill this requirement. Those who enroll during fall and/or spring semesters may substitute one or two terms of CR509, Symphonic Choir.
  3. Each student will propose 12 credits of electives to be completed as an approved focus supporting personal career goals and interests. Electives may include credits earned through the Westminster Continuing Education summer program.
  4. Students may elect to complete New Jersey-approved teacher certification courses at the undergraduate level in conjunction with this degree program. Courses taken at the undergraduate level do not count towards the completion of the MME degree. Candidates who wish to complete teacher certification must plan on three semesters of study during the academic year.
  5. Students complete a thesis as the capstone experience in the degree. Information about the thesis is contained in the Music Education Thesis Handbook. Students should plan at least one year to complete the thesis.

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