MME - Instrumental 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 Core
MUSE 853Research Design and Methods3
MUSE 855Psychology of Music3
MUSE 871History and Philosophy of Music Education3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
MUSC 891Seminar in Music History pre-17503
or MUSC 892 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
Extra Credit Hours Option: select 6 credit hours of courses in consultation with advisor and approved by the area director. This excludes applied, ensemble, workshops and special project credit hours.
Total Credit Hours17-21
Course Title Hours
Field Specialty
Select 6 credit hours from the following6
Marching Band Techniques
Instructional Methods in Middle Level/Secondary Music
Kodaly Methods Level Two
Kodaly Methods Level Three
Leadership and Administration in Music Education
Seminar in Instrumental Music Education Literature
Advanced Conducting and Score Reading 3
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.9
Total Credit Hours15

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


Recital is the required terminal project for the instrumental conducting concentration.


Students who do not take MUSP 651 must take a minimum of 1 elective credit hour outside of MUSE courses.

 Note: A minimum  of 10 credit hours outside MUSE courses is required.

Applied Learning

Students in the Master of Music Education - instrumental music concentration 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).