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Master of Music Education Program

VanderCook’s Master of Music Education (MMEd) program provides summer courses that enable working teachers to secure a degree without interrupting a full-time teaching schedule. Courses organized for study in band, choral, and string music education culminate in a research-based master’s project to enhance a specific subject area or contribute to the field of music education on a broad scale. 

  • Comprehensive and practical. You'll complete a set of core requirements specializing in band, choral, string or general music education.

  • Flexible programming to fit individual needs. You customize your course of study and choose your master's project subject.

  • A broad menu of electives. In addition to program electives, up to 12 MECA continuing education credits can be applied towards the MMEd degree, with subjects including:

    • Curriculum & Administration

    • Music History

    • World Music

    • Jazz Arranging

    • Musical Theatre

  • Flexible duration. You can complete the program in as few as two years or a maximum of seven years. (Most students complete the program in three years.)

  • Commencement at Chicago Symphony Center

Required courses, course descriptions, exit requirements and academic progress regulations can be found in the College Catalog.


How to Apply

Minimum requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in music education from an accredited college or university or a minimum of 60 credits in undergraduate music and music education coursework.
  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Note: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may still apply but may be required to take the GRE exam in addition to the regular application requirements.)
  • A minimum of one year of teaching experience, or its equivalent, in music.
Application Materials
  • An essay relating your philosophy of music education
  • A current résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, including any previously earned graduate credit.


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