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Graduate Programs in Music Education

University of St. Thomas Graduate Programs in Music Education are made for teachers by teachers to serve professional music educators by combining theoretical and applied study at a graduate level.

Graduate Programs in Music Education

The University of St. Thomas’ Graduate Programs in Music Education are designed to raise the standard of music teaching in the United States. These programs are designed for teachers by teachers in order to serve professional music educators who wish to strengthen their classroom teaching effectiveness by combining theoretical and applied study at a graduate level. Internationally recognized educators and musicians – many of whom teach in elementary and secondary schools – serve as faculty for our programs.

Our work encourages a continual process of music education reform. We seek to develop music educators into leaders and catalysts for change through collaborative educational programs and research that responds to the complex learning needs of individuals and organizations.

Contact

Graduate Music

Office: Loras Hall Room 103
Phone Number
(651) 962-5870

Degree Options

Earn your master's degree or doctorate through Graduate Programs in Music Education. Our distinctive degree programs combine theory and practice. You’ll hone your musical artistry, teaching style and research skills through curated courses taught by nationally recognized practitioners. Designed for teachers by teachers, our offerings include:

Certificate and Non-Degree Programs

Our certificate and non-degree programs are focused on equipping you with a diverse array of skills and knowledge to keep up with changes in the field of music education. They are designed with industry-recognized standards and continuing education requirements in mind.

Find Your Rhythm

Graduate students practicing together with various instruments.

Course Offerings

Our programs are designed for teachers by teachers in order to serve professional music educators who wish to strengthen their classroom teaching effectiveness by combining theoretical and applied study at a graduate level.
Explore Your Options
Jane Frazee speaking.

Jane Frazee Distinguished Scholar-Artist Series

Join us for this annual seminar in which distinguished figures in music and arts education present their work to the community of music educators.

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada
Sunday, July 18, 2021, 1-4:30 p.m.
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall
Full Event Description

See Past Distinguished Scholar-Artists
Aerial view of the north side of the St. Paul campus.

Summer Housing

We have a place for you! Live on campus when you join us for summer classes. No commute, no worries. On-campus housing is available for students who complete a housing request form in advance. 
Music teacher conducting a class of students singing.

Life as a Student

Our programs are designed for working music teachers who wish to pursue graduate study without interrupting their professional lives. All courses required for the degree are available during the summer term in an interlocking arrangement of day and evening courses.

Faculty

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Dr. Matthew George

Dr. George holds a DMA degree in conducting from the University of North Texas, a MM degree in music education from Southern Methodist University, and a BM degree in music education and trumpet performance from Ithaca College. He is Professor of Music and the Director of Bands and Orchestra at St. Thomas.
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Dr. Shersten Johnson

Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctoral minor in Composition, a MM in Composition from California State University-Northridge and a BA in Music from Augsburg College, where her emphasis was in flute performance.
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Dr. Bruce Gleason

Stemming from a career that has spanned all levels of instrumental and vocal music instruction, kindergarten through graduate school, Bruce Gleason teaches and advises students within Graduate Programs in Music Education.
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