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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.

Auditing options are available, please contact music@stthomas.edu for more information.

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Summer Tuition and Billing

Summer tuition and fee charges begin posting to student accounts in mid-May. The first summer e-bill will be generated in late May, and the first payment due date will be mid-June. For questions about billing, please contact the Business Office at (651) 962-6600 or BusOffice@stthomas.edu.

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.

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Summer 2024 Course Offerings

Bring a higher standard of professionalism to music education by joining a committed community of music educators at St. Thomas this summer.
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How to Register

New students should complete a non-degree application. Those with an inactive St. Thomas identification number should email music@stthomas.edu for registration instructions.

All current students with an active identification number register for courses through Murphy Online on OneStThomas.

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Course Offerings

Experience inspired teaching and work closely with internationally recognized faculty this summer. You'll collaborate in creating music and movement, deepen your understanding of educational philosophies to reach all learners and energize your teaching.

Explore the summer course catalog.

Find Your Rhythm

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Building Community

Our programs are built on community and collaboration. You'll learn, grow and make music alongside faculty and your fellow students.

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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.
Housing Request Form
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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.


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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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Graduate Student Handbook and Course Catalog

The CAS Graduate Student Handbook and Course Catalog outlines requirements and policies for students in our graduate programs and compiles information on all of the college's graduate courses. Any issues not mentioned in this handbook are governed by general University of St. Thomas Graduate Policies.