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Master's Degree with Music Education Concentration

Complete a Master of Arts with a concentration in music education in just 18 months, or over the course of three summers.

At UConn’s Neag School of Education, practicing music teachers can:

  • Complete a Master of Arts with a concentration in music education — in 18 months, or over the course of three summers.
  • Earn professional development credits.
  • Work with nationally renowned music educators, conductors, and composers.
  • Build collaborative and social connections with colleagues.
  • Learn innovative music-centered pedagogies to deliver contemporary music instruction in a diverse environment.
50
Days Until Application Deadline
Ends On April 15, 2024
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Alumnus Rex Sturdevant '17 (ED), MA '18 plays guitar for a group of elementary students.
A man leads a music class.

Program Options and Courses

Students have the option to complete the master’s degree in person over three summers, through an 18-month hybrid program, or in another combination that can be organized with the Neag School faculty. In addition, one-week elective workshops for earning professional development credits are open to master’s students as well as non-matriculating students.

All master’s degree students must take at least one semester of seminar (online). This online course will guide you through an inquiry project that will engage you in action research in your full-time teaching position. Writing a thesis is not required of this program.

18-Month Hybrid Program Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Study

May Session I (online) Summer I Fall (online) Spring (online) May Session II (online) Summer II
Literacy 1-Week Elective Seminar Seminar Exceptionality 1-Week Elective
Theoretical Foundations of Music Education Diversity, Culture, and Music Education
Policies, Assessment, and Music Programs in K-12 Schools Popular Music and Informal Pedagogy

 

Three Summers In-Person Program Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Study (Note: Summer courses are held on the UConn Storrs campus.)

Summer I Summer II Fall OR Spring (online)
(student choice)
Summer III
1-Week Elective 1-Week Elective Seminar 1-Week Elective
Theoretical Foundations of Music Education Diversity, Culture, and Music Education Music Across the Curriculum
Policies, Assessment, and Music Programs in K-12 Schools Popular Music and Informal Pedagogy Multicultural Education

Tuition and Fees

The Master's Degree with Concentration in Music Education program follows the UConn Graduate School program tuition and fees, which are based on residency.

Fall and spring semester tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar's website.

Summer fees are outlined on the UConn Summer Session website.

The total Cost of Attendance (COA) includes direct educational costs (i.e., tuition, fees, housing, and food) and indirect costs. Indirect costs include books, course materials, supplies and equipment, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, loan fees, and professional licensure or certification, if applicable. For additional information about the Cost of Attendance at UConn, please visit https://financialaid.uconn.edu/cost/.

Financial Aid

Some students may be eligible for financial aid or may wish to utilize unsubsidized loans. You can learn more by contacting the UConn Financial Aid Office at 860-486-2819.

To learn about available scholarships, please visit the UConn Neag School of Education Scholarship website. Applications are due March 10.

 

How to Apply

Application Instructions:

Start your online application. You will need to create a username and password to access your online application during your application process, as well as to check the status of your application and your admissions decision.

Application Fee

The application fee is $75 and must be paid online with a credit card.  There are no waivers, deferments, or refunds of application fees unless otherwise noted.  Please see the Graduate School website for a complete list and instructions for applying for a waiver.

For all active duty, veterans, guardsmen and reservists, a fee waiver will be applied upon indicating your military service within your application.

Uploading Documents

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload unofficial transcripts as well as essays and other documents. Documents are requested in PDF, DOC, or JPG formats.

Attend a Virtual Information Session

Visit one of the date and time links below to register for that session. When registering for a Music Education Master's Program information session, please select "Curriculum and Instruction MA" as your program of interest, "General/No Cohort" as your cohort of interest, and "Music Education" as your concentration of interest.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 2023 from 7-8 p.m.

Contact the Faculty

 

Cara Bernard.Cara Bernard
Associate Professor of Music Education
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut
cara.bernard@uconn.edu

 

Joseph Abramo.Joseph Abramo
Associate Professor of Music Education
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut
joseph.abramo@uconn.edu