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Master of Music Education

For music teachers who want to further their professional development.

Blending theory and practice, the M.M.E. program allows music teachers to develop professionally as both instructors and potential researchers. The program provides the opportunity for advanced study in music, music learning and teaching, and teaching as reflective practice.


Program Application Deadline
The deadline for applications for AY 2023–24 is January 15, 2023.

To be assured full consideration, please apply by this deadline. Review individual program descriptions for details on program and admission requirements.


Improve your performance as a music teacher through professional development in the college classroom.

The M.M.E. degree provides the opportunity for advanced study in music, music learning and teaching, and teaching as reflective practice. The program requires one full-time year of residency at the University Park campus, and is designed to be completed in one academic year plus two summer semesters. Fulfillment of degree requirements includes successful completion of 30 credits of course work and a final action research project leading to a substantial article-length paper, followed by an oral presentation focusing on the candidate’s projects and course work. This presentation, including questions posed by the faculty committee, serves as the final comprehensive examination. Twenty credits must be earned at the University Park campus, and 18 credits must be at the 500 level or higher.

Is the M.M.E. right for you?

The M.M.E. program is designed to provide candidates with (1) a deeper level of musical skill and understanding, (2) an increased knowledge and skill in the pedagogy of music teaching, and (3) skills as a reflective practitioner and mentor. The courses and experiences in this degree program are most meaningful for teachers who have taught music in K-12 settings beyond the student teaching experience. Applicants must have held a teaching position prior to applying to the M.M.E. program.

School of Music class rehearsal.

Considering the M.M.E? Consider this.

Classes blend theory and practice so you can build on your music teaching experience.

  • You’ll earn a master’s degree after 30 credits of coursework.

  • Program can be completed in one year.

  • Share your own teaching experiences and learn from your classmates’ experiences.

Alumni Spotlight

Penn State alumnus and McMaster University professor Michael Schutz.

Alumni Spotlight

Michael Schutz

Bachelor of Music 2002

Michael Schutz, who combined a B.M in Music with a B.S. in Computer Science at Penn State, now is associate professor of music cognition/percussion at McMaster University, where he conducts the percussion ensemble and teaches courses on music perception and cognition. He was named a University Scholar in recognition of his innovative work bridging music performance and music perception.

Penn State alumnus Michael Schutz playing a Glockenspiel.

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