Music Education Master of Music degree
(30-36 credit hours)
Requirements for Admission to Program without Deficiencies:
- Undergraduate studies equivalent to the Bachelor of Music Education degree offered at SUNY Fredonia.
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Music at an accredited four-year institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA preferred.
- Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted conditionally by permission of the Director of the School of Music and with the approval of the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research.
- A performance audition is not necessary; however, students in the Music Education degree program who desire to do a performance project must audition for and be accepted by the appropriate applied music faculty at the time of application and not later than 6 to 12 credit hours into the program.
The School of Music offers two tracks, the Final Project Program and the In-Service Program, for the Master of Music in Music Education degree. Each track consists of core curriculum required for all Master of Music degrees and additional requirements as accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Final Project Program
The program leads to one of three Final Project options: Thesis, Composition/Arrangement, or Performance Recital. Prior approval must be obtained from the performance faculty or Music Education committee for students wishing to exercise this option. (For the Performance Recital option, the applicant must audition for and be accepted by the appropriate applied music faculty at the time of application and not later than 6 to 12 credit hours into the program.) The program is designed to prepare a student for further graduate study and/or to refine a specific area of interest or competence. The program leads to the academic qualifications required for Professional Certification in New York State.
- At least 12 credit hours for the overall program should be in music education and music education-related course work.
- At least 9 credit hours for the overall program should be in course work dealing with music theory, history, literature, analysis, or performance.
- At least 15 credit hours of the overall program should be in course work at the 600 level.
- For more detailed information about program requirements, the candidate is referred to the Policies and Practices for Master of Music Degree Candidates available from the School of Music office.
3 credit hours of Music Education or Music Education-related course work, by advisement (MUED)
3 credit hours of course work in theory, history, literature, performance
6 credit hours of elective course work by advisement*
*Individualized selections of course work in theory, history, literature, performance and special studies MUS 590 or MUED 590 and MUED 591. Course work outside of music may be acceptable, subject to the establishing of a clear relationship to the candidate's professional goals. Short "workshops" MUED 555/MUED 565 can be applied only in this category. For those approved for the performance project option, electives will include MUS 605 and MUS 606 as 4 of the 6 elective credits.
As of December 31, 2013, candidates in all education programs are required to complete training under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, the training required under the Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) will be included in EDU 303 at SUNY Fredonia. Undergraduate candidates planning to graduate after Fall 2013 who have already completed EDU 303 on campus or taken a workshop as a substitution for EDU 303 must also complete the EDU DASA workshop prior to graduation.