College of Arts and Letters2014-2015

School of Music

Music - Music Teaching, Master of Music

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2015

With several specific emphasis areas, students earning this Master's degree engage in a program of study that prepares them for an array of paths and career choices in the field of music. Candidates in this program enhance and develop their artistic and intellectual skills, leading them to teaching careers in public schools, arts academies, and community colleges; to performing careers in professional symphonies, wind groups, choruses, and opera companies; and to a continuation of their academic path in leading doctoral programs across the country.


What Can I Do with a Master of Music in Music - Music Teaching?

Are you an elementary or secondary general music teacher? A middle school or high school band, choir, or orchestra director? Are you looking to increase your music teaching knowledge and keep current with academic research? The Master of Music degree program with an emphasis in music teaching is designed to meet your needs.

You’ll be provided with the study of current issues and new developments in music education while allowing for greater depth of knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity in traditional music academic subjects. We’ll meet your individual needs with a variety of meaningful topics courses and workshops on issues that interest you.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Elementary music educator
  • Choir director
  • Orchestra director
  • Community college instructor

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Research Individualized research is required.
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 30 units, which involves the completion of an approved applied project:

    In addition, you must:
    • Pass a final comprehensive oral exam


  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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