Graduate Bulletin

Music Education, M.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: February 1

Spring: September 15

Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline date. Decisions regarding admission are rendered after the admissions application is complete and after all required credentials have been submitted.

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Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from individuals who can speak toward the applicant's ability to undertake graduate-level work in music and/or comment on the applicant's character as a potential graduate student.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University, which is based on a curriculum of 124 to 135 hours.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A completed degree in music education is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should include your special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

Writing Entrance Exam:

All applicants will be required to pass a Master's Writing Exam as a condition of admission. The exam is scored by faculty members in the student's department and results are considered in the admissions decisions decision.  Additional coursework may be required to remediate any inadequacies.


After the application has been received by Temple University, applicants should contact the Department at 215-204-8310 to arrange a campus visit and an interview with the department chair and the faculty.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Students who wish to transfer credit should speak with their academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at Transfer credits must be approved by the Advisor, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Due to the large number of applications for admission and the competitive nature of its music programs, the College admits only a portion of its applicants. In addition to the general admissions credentials required of all Temple University graduate applicants, Boyer College of Music specialized admission criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews, recommendations, departmental term papers, and standardized examinations) are very heavily weighted in Boyer College of Music admission decisions. Graduate applicants may be rejected for admission for failing to obtain the required level of proficiency in any one area of the specialized admission criteria regardless of the level of success in meeting the Temple University general admission criteria. In addition to the level of success demonstrated in the above-mentioned criteria, a final admission factor is the College's Optimum Enrollment Policy. This Policy may preclude the admission of any student who meets the minimum requirements.

To commence the Master of Music program in Music Education, applicants are must be state certified to teach music. A copy of the teaching certificate must be provided for the applicant's file.

Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission consideration.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 32

Required Courses (17 s.h.):

Music Education 8651: Foundations of Music Education

Music Education 8652: Measurement and Evaluation

Music Education 8653: Learning Theory in Music

Music Education 8661: Research in Music Education

Music Education 8662: Technology for Music Education

Music Education 9996: Final Project

Electives (15 s.h.) are to include:

Music Education course or workshop (3)

Music Education course or workshop in elementary or secondary music education (3)

Music, Music Education, Music Studies (theory or applied) (9)

All M.M. coursework stresses the acquisition of advanced knowledge of

theory of teaching and learning, principles of and practices in music education.

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Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies must be completed by the 1st day of the month in which the student expects to graduate.

Except as noted, all degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.

Music Education majors must pass a piano proficiency and major instrument concentration examination as a portion of the Diagnostic Examinations.

1. Students must pass a performance examination on their major instrument of undergraduate concentration (Piano, Orchestral Instrument, or Voice).

a.  Piano major: a Bach prelude and fugue and the first movement of a Beethoven sonata or works of similar style and difficulty.

b. Instrumental major: a short instrumental program from the standard repertoire for the instrument. The student must provide his/her own accompanist.

c.  Vocal major: A short vocal program including an Italian song in the original language, an excerpt from opera or oratorio, and an art song in English, German, or French. The candidate is responsible for providing an accompanist. Also, be prepared to sight-read single voice parts from a score.

2. In addition, all Music Education candidates must demonstrate the following:

a.  Ability to sing at sight single voice parts from a score.

b.   Ability to play a keyboard accompaniment appropriate for the students taught by the candidate (must be prepared in advance).

c.  Ability to sight-read a piano accompaniment, on keyboard or guitar, of moderate difficulty, from standard song books.

d.  Ability to improvise accompaniments to simple melodies on keyboard or guitar.

Independent Study Courses:

Independent study courses provide a special opportunity for graduate students to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the student's major advisor, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.

Professional Development Policy:

All students in the Boyer College of Music, in addition to the required subjects toward their degrees, are obliged to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. The Boyer College believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes, tutoring, teaching private lessons, coaching, participating in the distribution and inventory control of University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, performing at admissions and open house events, supervising performance classes, and other academically related activities.

Acceptable English:

All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.

Applied Study:

a.  Graduate degree students in non-performing curricula may take up to six credits of applied study toward the degree with the permission of the major adviser, department chair, and the chair or vocal or instrumental studies. Such non-required lessons may be taken only if the student can pass the normal graduate-level performing audition expected of performance majors. In this event, a fee of $200, not covered by tuition remission, is charged.

b.  Graduate students, regardless of major, with a demonstrable performing proficiency that may not meet the more rigorous requirements of a graduate performance-level audition, may, by audition, qualify to take two credits of applied study per semester for graduate credit in the 290 course number series. These courses carry a fee of $400 plus tuition and may be applied to the non-performing curriculum for degree credit up to six semester hours with the approval of the major adviser. (c) Graduate assistantships and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do not cover private lesson and Recital Extension fees.

Diagnostic Examinations:

All entering Master of Music students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Skills, and Music History prior to the first semester of graduate study. The purpose of these examinations is to determine weaknesses in undergraduate preparation. Depending on the examination results, students may be required to take one or more remedial courses. In these instances, the remedial courses will be graded on a "Credit / No Credit" basis and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for "Credit", meaning that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for "No Credit", meaning that the deficiency has not been satisfied). Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial course or section thereof to earn the grade of "Credit" and to satisfy the requirement. Students who earn a grade of "NC" (that is, having a class average below "B-") must retake that course or section until an average of "B-" or higher is achieved and a grade of "CR" is recorded on the official university transcript. Remedial courses are offered for undergraduate credit only, and may not count toward graduate degree requirements.

1. All entering M.M. students must take the harmony, counterpoint, and aural skills examination prior to the first semester of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). Students may take the test only once, and if they do not pass the test or any portion thereof, they must enroll in the remedial course(s) during their first semester of study. Depending on which section(s) of the examination are failed, the examiners will stipulate which sections of remedial coursework the student must take. The courses are "Diatonic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5001), "Chromatic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5002, "Counterpoint Review" (Music Studies 5003), and "Graduate Aural Theory Review (Music Studies 5004).

2. Music History All entering MM students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Music History prior to registering for their first semester of graduate student, unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). If the student is unsuccessful in passing any portion of the Music History examination, the student may select one of two options.

Option A: Register to take Music History Review (Music Studies 5005 for 1 to 5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned to each of the following five periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Students may register for a maximum of 3 credits of Music History Review in any semester; thus, it is possible to extend the remediation over two semesters.

Option B: Students may study independently and retake the failed sections of the examination at the end of the first semester of study. Students may retake the examination only once, and if any section is failed a second time, they must take the assigned remedial sections in their second semester of study. 3. Conditions for Exemption The requirement to take the Examination in any of these areas is waived only for graduates of the Boyer College of Music who: 1) matriculate and enroll in the semester immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, and 2) received grades of "B-" or better in every undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be waived.

Culminating Events:

Final Project and Comprehensive Exam:

Music Education 9996. Music Education majors write a final project (not a thesis).  Music Education majors conduct an oral defense of the final written project in lieu of a written qualifying examination. The comprehensive examination comprises a separate part of the final project defense.

Students should discuss oral defense scheduling procedures with their academic advisor.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Dept. of Music Education and Therapy

Boyer College of Music and Dance

2001 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


James Short


Program Coordinator:

Professor Deborah Sheldon


Graduate Chairperson:

Professor Deborah Sheldon



Professor Deborah Sheldon


About the Program

The Master of Music in Music Education degree provides opportunities for advanced studies on broad-based principles and practices in music education, theories of learning and teaching, and provides an introduction to research methodology.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Music Education and Therapy

Boyer College of Music and Dance

2001 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The Boyer College of Music has been ranked among the top 30 music schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


The music education programs at the Esther Boyer College of Music are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Areas of Specialization:

The Master of Music degree program provides opportunities for advanced study through specialization in either music education practice or music education research. This program of study is designed for students intending to pursue a doctoral degree in Music Education, seeking permanent certification in Pennsylvania, or who view the degree as terminal.

Job Placement:

Students typically find employment in educational systems and also within the music industry. The program also is recommended for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Music Education.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

With permission from the Dean's Office, students may be granted permission to enter the College as a non-matriculated student, taking up to 9 graduate credits (excluding private lessons) before applying for admission to a program.

Financing Opportunities

The Boyer College offers a number of assistantships and academic internships to matriculated graduate students. Full awards carry a cash stipend plus full tuition remission for the fall and spring semesters. Partial awards also are available in values of 1/4 or 1/2 of a full award. Duties for assistantships and internships vary, but typically include teaching, tutoring, classroom assistance, research, artistic performance, and/or direct service related to academic programs. Applicants must submit an assistantship/internship application by March 1 to obtain priority consideration for an award. Applications are available online at the Graduate Financial Aid page of Boyer's website. Typically these awards are made only in the fall semester for up to two semesters, fall and spring. Awards may be renewed on an annual basis (typically up to one additional year for Master's students and up to three years for Doctoral students) based upon departmental needs as well as satisfactory academic and musical progress by the recipient.

May 2007