Master of Music Education

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Type of Degree: Graduate

Heidelberg's Master of Music Education is tailored to the needs and schedules of practicing teachers. With a wide varity of electives, you can pick a focus that fits your needs and skills. The Heidelberg MME is a 30 semester hour program that focuses on music education, music history, and music theory.

All coursework can be completed in 3 summers. Our convenient summer schedule offers classes in intensive 2-week blocks during the month of June. You can earn 5 hours in 2 weeks, or 10 hours in 4 weeks. You can choose between a thesis and general exam option. Both require 30 semester hours.

Housing and meals available at very low cost to interested students. The School of Music MME program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Ready to get started? Here's how to apply.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Master of Music Education degree at Heidelberg University is:

1) to enable students to enhance their competence as music teachers by increasing their knowledge in music content, pedagogy, and understanding of the learning process; 2) to produce graduates who base their philosophies and pedagogies upon research and critical thinking; 3) to produce leaders in music education through their teaching, service to the profession, and by enhancing the learning of students in their charge.

The purpose of the Heidelberg MME degree is to develop graduates who are excellent musicians, teachers, and leaders within the music education community. The program is designed to develop experienced and knowledgeable teachers of music who consistently display the highest values of music making and teaching in their classrooms, ensembles, and studios.

Program Goals

At the time of graduation, MME students will be capable of:

  • Describing a personal philosophy of music teaching which reflects clear understanding of the purposes of music in historical and contemporary societies, and the necessity of music and the arts in an informed society.
  • Demonstrating understanding of theories of music teaching and learning, including concepts of multiple intelligences.
  • Demonstrating the ability to develop a varied music curriculum based upon pedagogy appropriate to the age and developmental level of their students.
  • Describing the methods, purposes, and outcomes of research in music education.
  • Synthesizing theory, knowledge and experience related to music education, music history, and music theory.
  • Demonstrating the breadth of knowledge and creative and critical thinking skills to fully participate as effective teachers and leaders in the field of music education.

Heidelberg University is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and its requirements for entrance and graduation with the published regulations of this accrediting agency.

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