The Graduate Music Education program is for those individuals who are practicing music educators and desire to further their teaching skills. The Music Education-specific courses are taught on Tuesday evenings with the Bibliography course offered on Wednesday evenings. The Theory and History courses are offered during the summer session at Peabody.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Music Education or a Bachelor of Music with teaching certification and a 3.0 cumulative GPA are required for acceptance in the graduate Music Education program. An interview with the Music Education faculty will include a review of the applicant’s musical and educational experience and discussion of professional goals.

Degree Requirements


No residency is required for the graduate program in Music Education.

Entrance and Placement Examinations

Applicants must demonstrate good musicianship, solid academic skills and substantive musical knowledge through written examinations. The exams include: theory, (written, aural and keyboard), twentieth century techniques, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, melodic and harmonic dictation, sight-singing in four clefs and music history (classical antiquity to present).

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate coursework completed at other accredited institutions may be transferred into the Master of Music degree at Peabody, with approval of the Dean’s office. These transfer credits must be earned within the five years immediately preceding entrance into the graduate program at Peabody.

Previously Earned Peabody Credits

Students may petition the Dean’s office to have credits for courses and/or ensembles that were over and above the minimum requirements for a previous Peabody degree applied to the M.M. degree program. No coursework that was required or used to fulfill minimum credit requirements for an undergraduate degree may be applied to a subsequent graduate degree. Work completed in the Professional Studies program may transfer to the M.M. program upon satisfaction of all admission requirements, providing that these credits carry grades of B or better and have been earned within the previous five years.

Review Courses

Deficiencies in the areas of music theory, ear-training or music history may be corrected by remedial study at the Conservtory, or by re-examination within a one-year period. Review courses do not count toward fulfillment of degree requirements; however, grades earned are calculated in the cumulative GPA and the hours are counted as part of the course load for tuition determination.

Program Completion

All requirements for the Master of Music degree must be completed within five (5) years of the date of entrance into the degree program.

Program Requirements


The Masters of Music in Music Education coursework consists of 32 credits devided as follows:

  • The core curriculum consists of Music Bibliography, Music Theory and Music History courses (14 credits).
  • The Music Education Major, consisting of 18 credits, may be chosen from the Major courses listed below.
  • The required courses in the Music Education Major are: Psychology of Music Teaching and learning, Research in Music Education, History and Philosophy of Music Education and Thesis/Field Study (10 credits).
  • The remaining eight (8) credits may be chosen from the other listed courses and/or transferred credit.

MM Music Education Audit Grid

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Field Study/Thesis Project

The field study/thesis project is customarily completed at the end of the degree program and will be a scholarly document concerning current issues in music education. It may be a research project, a curriculum development project, a lecture recital or any other type of scholarly project that is approved by the Music Education Faculty. A brief proposal of the topic (which includes a purpose, rationale, brief outline and brief bibliography) must be submitted to and approved by the Music Education Faculty by February 1 of the year of anticipated graduation.

Candidates will submit three copies of the complete document (following Turabian guidelines) to the Music Education Faculty by April 15 and be prepared to discuss the document by May 10, if the student plans to graduate at the conclusion of the academic year. Following official acceptance of the Field Study/Thesis, candidates must submit two clean copies, incorporating additions, edits and requested changes. These copies will be placed in the Peabody Library Archives and the Music Education Library.