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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 esigned 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

Department of Music

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

Degree Programs

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 Programs

Our certificate 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.

Non-Degree Courses

Many graduate music education courses at St. Thomas are open to students who have not been admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) program. The non-degree enrollment option is for students who want to try graduate coursework before enrolling in the master's program or for students interested in educational study leading to academic credit and a university transcript. Up to six credits may be applied toward the M.A. degree, provided that the coursework is applicable to one of the degree concentrations.

Over fifty courses and workshops are offered year-round to facilitate personal and professional growth for music education practitioners. Subjects include diverse topics such as African Music Ensemble, technology, Smithsonian Folkways project, guitar pedagogy, comprehensive musicianship, interdisciplinary/multicultural approaches to composition and arranging, early childhood music, developing the child voice, mindfulness in music education and more.

Graduate Programs in Music Education 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.

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Earn Credits in Shell Lake, Wisconsin

The University of St. Thomas offers graduate credit for some courses taken at the Shell Lake Arts Center (SLAC) in Shell Lake, WI. Some SLAC courses may serve as possible electives in the instrumental concentration in the St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) degree. Students must receive prior approval from the Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education at St. Thomas for credits to serve as an elective in the MAME program.