MME: Music Education

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Master the Art of Music

Designed for practicing teachers, the Master of Music Education (MME) degree is flexible with a customizable curriculum and evening and summer classes. Degree can be completed in 2 years as a full-time student or 3 years, with summers, as a part-time student. Whether your goal is to improve your conducting, refine your musicianship, explore the latest technology, or prepare for a leadership position, this degree is for you.

UMSL is a large, urban research university with active education and community partnerships including the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Theatre Saint Louis. Students work with dynamic music education faculty, both practitioners and researchers, and professional musicians drawn from the St. Louis area including members of the St. Louis Symphony and the Arianna String Quartet. Their goals: to engage, to inspire, to challenge.

Illinois metro-east residents eligible for in-state tuition. To see if your county is included, view UMSL Office of Admissions' Metro Rates

The UMSL Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

UMSL is pleased to announce Orff training workshops for Summer 2014 levels 1, 2, & 3. Last summer's classes were sold out. Registration will open in the spring.

Master of Music Education (MME)

Program Coordinator:

Michael Smith

221 Music Bldg.
p: (314) 516-6607

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

Master of Music Education

The master of music education degree is designed to enable music specialists in grades K-12 to pursue continued professional growth in an emphasis area of their choice.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires a bachelor of music in music education (or equivalent) degree, admission to the Graduate School, and two letters of recommendation.  Student should also submit a resume, a statement of purpose, and a 20 - 30 minute video of their teaching directly to the Director of the MME program.

The program requires completion of 30 hours of graduate credit, 20 of which must be earned in residence.

Required Courses and Options:

The minimum 30-hour program includes the following requirements.

Music Education Core (12 credit hours)
MUS ED 5810Foundations Of Music Education3
MUS ED 5830Contemporary Music Education3
MUS ED 5910Music Education Research3
MUS ED 5990Master's Project In Music Education3
Music Education Electives (6 credits from following)
MUS ED 5060Graduate Workshop In Music Education1-5
MUS ED 5510Graduate Instrumental Methods3
MUS ED 5610Graduate Choral Methods3
MUS ED 5620Guitar In The Classroom3
MUS ED 5710General Music: A Model For Multi-Faceted Learning3
MUS ED 5840Problems Of Urban Music Education3
MUS ED 5920Psychology Of Music3
PDGOGY 5110Graduate Jazz Pedagogy3
PRACTM 5020Choral Literature3
PRACTM 5035Instrumental Literature3
PRACTM 5210Graduate Conducting3
THRY COM 5110Scoring And Arranging3
Education Electives (6 credits from the following) 1
ED TECH 5301Introduction To Computers And The Internet In Education3
ED TECH 5340Selection And Utilization Of Educational Multimedia3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning And Assessment3
ED PSY 6109Learning And Development In Secondary School Settings4
ED PSY 6111Psychology Of Education3
ED REM 6707Classroom Measurement And Evaluation3
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
ED REM 6716Academic Assessment and Intervention3
SPEC ED 6345Characteristics and Education of Students with High-Incidence Disabilities3
SPEC ED 6412Psychology Of Exceptional Children3
SEC ED 6415Curriculum Leadership in Education3
TCH ED 5312Differentiated Instruction4
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community And Social Justice In Education3
TCH ED 6020Teacher Action, Advocacy And Leadership3
Free Electives (6 credits from the following) 2
AP MUS 5430Special Applied Studies 31
AP MUS 5440Graduate Applied Music 31
EN PER 5310Graduate Chamber Ensemble 31
EN PER 5490Graduate Ensemble 31
MUS ED 5750Computer Applications in Music Education3
MUS ED 5760Multimedia in Music Education3
MUS ED 5770Music Notation Software for Music Educators3
MUS ED 5800Musical Acoustics3

Other options may be available with permission of the Director of the Master of Music Education program. 


May choose from electives listed under Music Education and Education (above). Other graduate courses may be applied to degree program with written permission from the Director of the Master of Music Education program.


 May be repeated for up to 3 credits.

Slide 1 Orff Workshop at UMSL, Summer 2013
Slide 2 Orff Workshop at UMSL, Summer 2013
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Michael V Smith, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professorship in Music Education