Program Description

The School of Music at George Mason University is happy to offer an online Master’s Degree in Music Education.  Providing a high-quality education is key to our mission at Mason, and all online courses are designed and taught by experienced Mason faculty who are well-versed in the areas of teaching and scholarship.

It is our goal to provide academic choices for today’s music educators, and our graduate program offers full online degrees with thesis and non-thesis options.  Hybrid options include the same high-quality online courses combined with on campus Orff and Kodaly coursework, which is offered during the summer semesters.

Degree Options Include:

  • Online Master’s Degree: Non-Thesis Option
  • Online Master’s Degree: Thesis Option
  • Hybrid Online Master’s Degree: Kodaly Option
  • Hybrid Online Master’s Degree: Orff Option

What it costs

The cost is $489 per credit hour for VA state residents. For out-of-state students who enroll in the online program and take all coursework online, the cost is $1,346.75 per credit hour. Fees include a $35 per credit hour Distance Learning fee. New Student and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Music Education

Concentration: MM

Degree: Graduate

College/School: College of Visual and Performing Arts

Credits: 30 total

Who should apply?

 

 

Why choose George Mason?

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Online Degree: Non-Thesis Option (30 Credits)

Concentration in Music Education30

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 663 Aesthetics of Music Education (Philosophy)
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning
  • (9 Credits) MUSI 660 Elective Credits (Topics in Music Education)

General Requirements

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Analytical Techniques
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 630 Topics in Music History and Literature
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 662 Intro to Research in Music

Capstone Requirements

  • (3 Credits) Capstone 1
  • (3 Credits) Capstone 2

 

Online Degree: Thesis Option (30 Credits)

Concentration in Music Education

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 663 Aesthetics of Music Education (Philosophy)
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning
  • (9 Credits) MUSI 660 Elective Credits (Topics in Music Education)

General Requirements

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Analytical Techniques
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 630 Topics in Music History and Literature
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 662 Intro to Research in Music

Thesis Requirement

  • (6 Credits) Thesis

Hybrid Online Degree: Kodaly Emphasis

Concentration in Music Education

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 663 Aesthetics of Music Education (Philosophy)
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning
  • (6 Credits) MUSI 660 Elective Credits (Topics in Music Education)

General Requirements

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Analytical Techniques
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 630 Topics in Music History and Literature
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 662 Intro to Research in Music

Kodaly Requirements

  • (9 Credits) Kodaly Coursework: Completed on Campus Over 3 Summers

 

Hybrid Online Degree: Orff Emphasis (30 Credits)

Concentration in Music Education

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 663 Aesthetics of Music Education (Philosophy)
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning
  • (6 Credits) MUSI 660 Elective Credits (Topics in Music Education)

General Requirements

  • (3 Credits) MUSI 661 Analytical Techniques
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 630 Topics in Music History and Literature
  • (3 Credits) MUSI 662 Intro to Research in Music

Orff Requirements

  • (9 Credits) Orff Coursework: Completed on Campus Over 3 Summers

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Additionally, consider speaking to your current employer about tuition reimbursement for graduate study.

Career Descriptions

Program Contact

Chuck Ciorba

Director of Music Education, School of Music

cciorba@gmu.edu

(703) 993-1395

To be accepted to the School of Music, one must complete an application for admission to George Mason University, as well as completing the requirements for admission to the School of Music (pre-screening, audition, portfolio, etc.). In order to apply to the School of Music, submit pre-screening materials, and register for an audition, applicants must first complete a University application. Upon completion, applicants will be given a link to SlideRoom to submit their School of Music materials and register for an audition date.

Upon completing a University application, see the School of Music Masters Auditions page to upload your prescreening or portfolio materials. You are also able to select your audition date if you are accepted for a live audition.

Required Materials

Please compile the following materials to be submitted on the University application and SlideRoom.

  • Pre-screening materials. Current pre-screening requirements can be found here.
  • One to two page Goals Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (unofficial copies can be uploaded to the online application and considered for admissions purposes).
  • Resume
  • Repertoire list (Performance and Pedagogy only)
  • Philosophy of Music Education Statement (Music Education only)
  • TOEFL test scores for international applicants whose native language is not English. Unless you have studied and received a degree from a college or university in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand.

For questions or issues regarding graduate applications, please contact Dr. Lisa Billingham (lbillin1@gmu.edu) or Sean Brazel (sbrazel@gmu.edu).

Address to send application materials, including transcripts:

For general information about admission to our programs: Dawn Kelley at artsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-5576