MME - Choral Music Concentration


Admission to the degree program in music education requires the completion of a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree, or the equivalent of a BME, from an accredited institution, as well as the contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation. Students holding bachelor’s degrees in music other than the Bachelor of Music Education must satisfy public school certification requirements to qualify for full admission. Applicants without such certification are admitted on a conditional basis pending their attainment of public school teaching credentials. Approval of the MME specialization must be acquired.

Program Requirements

MME programs range from 32 to 36 credit hours. Core requirements and terminal project options — outlined below — are the same for each emphasis area unless specifically noted.

Course Title Hours
Required Core15
Research Design and Methods
Psychology of Music
History and Philosophy of Music Education
Seminar in Music Theory
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Terminal Project Options — select one of the following2-6
Graduate Recital 1
Terminal Conducting Project 2
Thesis Research
and Thesis
Terminal Project in Music Education
Other Option — Extra Credit Hours6
To be selected in consultation with advisor and approved by the area director. This excludes applied, ensemble, workshops and special project credit hours.
Course Title Hours
Field Specialty
MUSE 790CChoral Rehearsal Techniques2
MUSP 691Advanced Choral Conducting 32
Select one course from the following2
Instructional Methods in Middle Level/Secondary Music
Choral Literature of the Renaissance
Choral Literature of the Baroque
Choral Literature of the Classical and Romantic
Choral Literature After 1900
Must be approved by faculty advisor or graduate coordinator. May apply up to 5 credit hours of applied lessons, 2 credit hours of ensemble credit, 4 credit hours of workshops or 10 credit hours of Kodaly coursework.

Graduate Recital is not a terminal project option for music in special education.


Required terminal project for the instrumental conducting concentration.


If a student has had this course previously at WSU, a 2-credit-hour 790 Special Topics in conducting may be substituted.

Applied Learning

Students in the Master of Music Education are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing either  Research Design and Methods (MUSE 853), a conducting recital ( MUSE 844), terminal project ( MUSE 854), thesis ( MUSE 876) or performance recital ( MUSP 873).