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Master of Music Education Program

Summer 2020 Registration is OPEN!

COVID-19 Response for Summer Session

VanderCook residency courses will be delivered through online and distance learning platforms
for the summer 2020 residency. Appications are due June 1.

Please see Important Dates and Summer Class Schedule for additional information.
Please contact Graduate Dean Dr. Robert L. Sinclair with any questions or concerns:


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 Music Education Center of America (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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