Master of Music Education
The Master of Music Education degree is designed to assist current or future music educators with additional professional resources necessary to further their goals for excellence in the classroom and to prepare them for entry into a doctoral program in Music Education. The program can be completed in two years, and tuition is comparable to state universities.
Upon completion of the Master of Music in Music Education degree, the graduate should be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to function effectively as a music educator both musically and administratively
- An understanding of and ability to utilize research methods designed to improve practices in schools, classrooms, rehearsals and performances, and the ability to frame the results in a scholarly manner
- The ability to organize and develop a program of choral, instrumental or elementary music including personnel, facilities, equipment and budget—or to make a contribution of value to an existing program
- Extended knowledge and experience in the area of classroom teaching and/or rehearsal settings, including conceptual understanding and practical application of methods that support learning
- Knowledge of current trends and issues in music education
- A basic understanding and working knowledge of current music technology for use in practical and artistic applications
- The ability to prepare musical experiences that are informed by an understanding of applicable historical performance practices
- Demonstrate knowledge of principles of harmony, musical form, and compositional process, and the ability to use this knowledge in written, verbal, aural, and visual analyses.
- The ability to articulate a Christian worldview of teaching and music education
The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music. Courses and degree plans are designed to satisfy requirements of these accrediting agencies.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
The Master of Music in Music Education requires 32 credit hours. Below is a sampling of the classes you will take.
|Learning Theories of Music Education||This course is designed as an introduction to the history and philosophy of the theories of music education in the U.S. and abroad. Special attention will be focused on the principles of music education learning theories related to the process of musical skills and concepts.|
|Technology in Music/Media||This course is designed as an introduction to the latest music/media technology and to assist the individual in acquiring those competencies necessary to utilize this technology in the classroom or recording studio.|
|Kodaly (Certification, Levels I, II, III available)||This course is designed to improve and strengthen the individual musicianship skills through the use of movable "do" solfege, Curwen hand signs, and rhythm syllables, as well as to become familiar with folk and art songs through performance and analysis. The course will include ear training, part work, and sight singing with solfege in pentatonic and diatonic scales.|
|Special Topics in Music Literature||This course is designed to provide the individual the opportunity to explore areas of special interest other than what may be offered within designed course offerings.|
|Conducting||This course will seek to broaden the individual's knowledge and skill of the techniques and philosophy of conducting. Special emphasis will be placed upon the varying conducting styles, rehearsal techniques, score study, and stylistic performance. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Advanced Conducting Class.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Dr. Michael Kolstad serves as chair of the Music Department and professor of low brass at Evangel University. A 1988 graduate of Evangel, Kolstad earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in trombone performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his tenure at Evangel, he has made significant contributions in the music field, […] read more
- Public or private school music teacher
- School administrator
- Church music pastor
- Doctoral student
Admission Requirements for the Master of Music in Music Education:
- Submit a Graduate Application.
- Hold an earned Music Education baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Applicants must have state licensure to teach (a “teaching certificate”). Students wishing to receive teaching licensure should pursue the Masters of Education in Secondary Teaching.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, on a 4.0 scale, in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.
- Complete a Department of Music Graduate Entrance Exam. Contact Dr. Michael Kolstad for requirements.
- Audition for the Department of Music. Auditions can be scheduled through the Department of Music, or a recent CD or DVD is acceptable. For information and suggestions for repertoire, etc., please visit the Department Admission and Scholarships page.
- All students admitted to graduate study in music must have basic English language competence as determined by the use of TOELF exams. Information concerning language competence can be found in the Graduate Catalog, in the section concerning International Students/TOEFL Score Requirements.
- The catalog states: “… international students whose first language is not English must earn a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based or 79-80 on the Internet-based exam.” For more information, contact the Graduate Studies Department.
If you have any questions about admissions requirements for the Master of Music in Music Education, contact the Department of Music, 417-865-2814 (ext. 7211), Graduate Studies Department, 417-865-2815 (ext. 7227) or email the Graduate Studies Admissions Counselor.