Develop the skills you need to direct music training in a variety of settings and apply advanced teaching theories and strategies to music education.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 5/08/2024
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 2 Years
Credit Hours: 32
Cost Per Credit: $432
Accreditation: NASM

Master of Music – Music Education Overview

The Master of Music in Music Education from Campbellsville University will empower you and allow you to explore advanced teaching theories, music education strategies, specialized instruction and the communicative nature of music. The program was designed by experienced music and education faculty members. Upon graduation, you will understand music as a communicative art, its value to others and how to offer instruction in musical skills.

The master’s in music education online program provides an examination and analysis of the musical styles throughout all eras, as well as composers and how music will be studied and discussed within the classroom. You’ll explore music through the Baroque and Classical periods, the 19th century and after 1900. You will examine the historical and philosophical foundations of music education and the various methodologies utilized in music education today. Additionally, the program covers music technology, the psychology of music, contemporary issues in music education and global perspectives related to music education and learning.

You will also be able to choose between a thesis track and a capstone project track. The capstone project courses include an action-based research project that may involve case studies, program evaluations or leadership projects.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our online music education degree program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The fully online degree offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule. In addition, the program’s faculty members have real-world experience in the field of music education.

Course Map

The online Master of Music in Music Education degree is primarily intended for certified music educators having a Rank III teaching certificate, who are required, if teaching in the State of Kentucky, to attain the Master’s level (Rank II) certification. The degree can also assist non-certified musicians who have a bachelor’s degree to prepare for further studies in doctoral programs and college-level teaching. This degree does not certify individuals for public school teaching in the elementary or secondary schools unless Rank III certification was previously earned.

The music education degree online program takes about two years to complete and includes 32 credit hours. You will choose two music eras to study, as well as a thesis track or capstone project track. Students must choose between either the Thesis Track or Capstone Project Track.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited master’s music education online program, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official Transcript Request Form (via Adobe Sign). In most cases, this will allow us to request your transcripts on your behalf.
  3. All official college transcripts from each college or university previously attended and currently attended, with a complete record of all courses attempted from each college or university attended, confirming a minimum 2.75 GPA
  4. Bachelor’s degree in music or permission from the Graduate Music Admissions Committee (a music education teaching certificate is not required)
  5. Two letters of recommendation, including one from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities or potential
  6. Essay discussing the applicant’s interest in and commitment to graduate study
  7. Must pass an entrance examination in music theory, music history and literature and take appropriate steps to remediate any deficiencies.
  8. Submit teacher licensure exam scores (if applicable) and a copy of the teaching certificate (if applicable).
    • Kentucky residents planning to complete his or her Rank II certification must submit passing PRAXIS scores, a copy of teaching certificate and a disposition form (provided by the School of Education)

*Some additional requirements will be requested upon acceptance into the program.

Costs & Financial Aid

The music education degree online costs $432 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Music Education

As a graduate of our master’s in music education online program, you can become a music teacher. Music teachers earn a median salary of $40,943 per year, according to PayScale. Wages may vary depending on the experience, location and the institution.

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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