Take Your Teaching to the Next Level

Designed for licensed music educators who want to enhance their impact as a music educator, Westminster’s Choral Emphasis M.M.E. program will improve your conducting, teaching and rehearsal skills. 

Benefit from valuable experiential learning opportunities where you’ll have the chance to perform with the Westminster Symphonic Choir or one of our seven choral ensembles, conduct student-organized ensembles and find assistantship opportunities with conducting and music education faculty.

Janet Cape

Course Requirements

Our 30-33 credit graduate curriculum is designed for students who wish to focus on music education with a choral emphasis.. Students choose between a thesis track—for those who want the ability to conduct research and who may wish to pursue doctoral studies—and a pedagogy track for music teachers who want to improve their teaching effectiveness.

The degree is for those who hold an undergraduate degree in music education and a teaching certificate. Students do not earn teacher certification through this degree program.

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Educate the Next Generation of Musicians

With guidance from expert faculty and, alongside hands-on experiential learning opportunities, our program provides the knowledge and skills for graduates to advance in their current position or find success in careers.

Common Careers

  • Choral program director
  • Music classroom teacher
  • Research
  • School administration
Morgan Luttig, Class of 2018

Student Testimonial

“The music education and choral faculty at Westminster were willing to work around my schedule as a full-time choral director and general music teacher. They worked with me to design a curriculum timeline for the Master of Music Education: Choral Emphasis program so that I could finish my third year of teaching while starting my coursework online. Then, I completed my degree in Princeton [on-campus] full-time over the past year. Westminster was unique in its willingness to work with me individually to shape my degree program around my timeline.” - Morgan Luttig ‘18


Music Education, M.M.E. (Choral Emphasis)

Janet Cape, D.M.A.

Chair, Music Education Department; Associate Professor of Music Education

Music Education

Omega 201

jcape [at] rider.edu

609-921-7100 x8240

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