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Music Education, EdM (Professional)

UB's online master's in music education degree program will make you part of the educational process, put you in touch with music education's future, and be on your side after you graduate. This program is for you if you hold a valid New York State initial teacher certificate in music and are seeking the Master of Education, as well as a recommendation for the professional teacher certificate in music.

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Program Overview

The program is designed for anyone with a baccalaureate degree in music and an interest in continuing their education at the graduate level.

Graduates from our programs influence the field as:

  • Teachers in school music programs
  • Guest conductors and composers
  • Leaders in international & regional music organizations
  • Professors at colleges and universities internationally
  • Researchers and authors
  • Professional development consultants
  • Expert contributors to policy and practice relative to Core Arts Standards and Assessments

At UB, we prepare leaders in music education who thrive in a challenging and rapidly changing educational environment. Our graduates design curriculum and assessment to meet contemporary demands including the Common Core and data-driven instruction; integrate digital technologies to enhance music learning; and value music at the core of the curriculum for every student, based on student’s individual capacity to learn music. We empower musicians with in-depth study of the psychology of learning as an overarching framework for active music making.

Why Music Education?

UB is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.  UB can offer you amenities that only a large university can provide, yet you will be pleased to find your experience will be intimate and personal.  Music Education at UB will provide you with:

  • Individual attention in small classes
  • Quality experience at an affordable price
  • Flexibility - attend to coursework wherever there is a computer and access to the internet

As a student in this program you will participate in trend-setting courses that focus on:

  • Curriculum development patterns to address contemporary demands
  • Research and policy for informed advocacy
  • Current ideas in assessment that set direction for our profession
  • Strategies for making the most of your students’ valuable music time
  • Coursework grounded in Music Learning Theory
  • Efficient degree timeline

Application Information

Applications are considered for fall and spring admission, with a rolling deadline for admission. Admission is competitive: academic record, written statements and interviews are basic components.  Seats are limited so apply early. Students accepted after all spots are filled will be placed on a waiting list and will be formally admitted to the program when a space becomes available.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

Application Requirements

New York State Professional Teacher Certification Track

Apply to this program if you hold a valid New York State Initial Teacher Certificate in music and are seeking the master of education, as well as a recommendation for the Professional Teacher Certificate in music.

Applicants must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an interest in music education at the graduate level.
  • Have applied for or received New York State initial teacher certification in the matching certification area. If application for teacher certification is in process, proof of such application must be submitted.

There are no auditions required for the online Music Education Ed.M. program.

To be reviewed for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of previous academic work. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for applicants pursuing teacher education programs.
  • Proof of New York State Initial Teacher Certification (or proof of application if in process)

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 6-8 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Program Requirements

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

  • LAI 554: Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education
  • LAI 569: Introduction to Research in Music Education
  • LAI 606: Curricular and Instructional Foundations of Music Education
  • LAI 700: Capstone

Content Electives (12 credit hours)

  • Studies in Music (Course number to be determined)
  • Styles and Genres (Course number to be determined)

Education Electives (9 credit hours from the list below)

  • LAI 561: Technology and Music Education
  • LAI 564: Studies in Music Education
  • LAI 566: Design and Evaluation of Music Curriculum
  • LAI 568: Historical Development of Music Learning Theory
  • LAI 610: Supervision of Music Learning Programs

Please note: a grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in the Music Education, Professional Online program.


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University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband  connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.