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School of Music

Master of Music Education

Music education student smiling while conducting a group of peers.

A flexible degree for full-time educators.

Designed for music educators currently teaching in a K-12 setting, Butler University’s Master of Music in Music Education program utilizes a hybrid model with both distance learning and in-person instruction.  The degree is comprised of coursework over three years, including intensive, two-week, on-campus summer residencies.  This model allows the music educator’s own classroom to become the laboratory for advancing teaching and applying best practices while maintaining full-time employment.  All courses are taught utilizing collaborative technologies and in-person meetings to allow for both accessibility and the development of meaningful connections between professors and other student-colleagues.

Students may also elect an Emphasis in Rehearsal and Conducting Studies, utilizing ensembles within their current teaching setting.  Related coursework will include individualized conducting and rehearsal instruction via remote access (or in person if possible) by Butler University conducting faculty. Students may elect an emphasis in a different area of study, pending advisor approval.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 on a rolling basis, contact music@butler.edu for details.

Steps for Applying:

Step 1: Complete the Application for Graduate Admission. NOTE: To submit a graduate application, you need to have previously completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and be seeking an advanced degree. Your Application for Graduate Admission should include:

  • Butler Application​​
  • A Professional Statement
  • Official transcripts  or copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities where candidates:
    • Earned a degree
    • Earned more than 15 credits (undergraduate and graduate)
    • Completed any program prerequisite (regardless of number of credit hours)
    • Completed courses for which candidates are applying for transfer credit
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International applicants must take the TOEFL as well as submit additional financial documentation. See International Student Application process.

Transcripts
Copies of official transcripts may be uploaded in the online application for application review only. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required at that time to submit official final transcripts issued directly from the institution(s) for verification prior to enrollment. More information is available in the application for admission.

Step 2: Complete the JCA Graduate Music Supplement. The supplement will appear on your application status page after submitting your Application for Graduate Admission. The supplement is required in order for your application to be considered complete. No pre-screening or performance audition required.

Step 3: Interview with Music Education faculty. To schedule an interview, contact the School of Music office at music@butler.edu or Dr. Brian Weidner, bweidner@butler.edu. This degree program does not require pre-screening materials or a performance audition.

Degree Overview

Total Credit Hours: 31 credit hours with Final Project or  34 credit hours with Thesis
Anticipated Duration: 2-3 years
Degree options: Choice between the Master of Music Education with a Final Project or  with a Thesis. Optional Emphasis in Rehearsal and Conducting Studies.

Required Courses:

  • Historical & Philosophical Foundations of American Music Education
  • Research Design & Implementation for the Music Educator
  • Pedagogy (Music Theory or other offerings)
  • Psychology and Sociology of Music
  • Music Education for Diverse Learners
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment in Music Education
  • Critical Issues in Contemporary Music Education
  • Designated Musicology and Music Theory electives
  • Final Project or Thesis

Rehearsal and Conducting Emphasis:​

  • Graduate Conducting
  • Educational Practices for the Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Repertoire Studies for the School of Music Ensemble

Download full degree guides in PDF form: 

MM in Music Ed with Final Project  

MM in Music Ed with Thesis

 

 

Sample Course Sequence

Year 1

Fall

ME 511 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of American Music Education (2 credit hours)

ME 515 Research in Music Education (3 credit hours)

Spring

ME 512 Educational Practices for Ensemble Rehearsal (2 credit hours)

MT 513 Conducting Practices for the Ensemble Classroom (2 credit hours)

Summer

Graduate Music Theory or History course (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Fall

ME 553 Music Education for Diverse Learners (2 credit hours)

ME 514 Repertoire Studies for the Performance Classroom (2 credit hours)

Spring

ME 516 Curriculum Design and Assessment Practices in Music Education (2 credit hours)

ME 552 Psychology & Sociology of Music Education (2 credit hours)

Summer

Graduate Music Theory or History course (3 credit hours)

Year 3

Fall

MT 550 Music Theory Pedagogy (3 credit hours)

Spring

ME 758 Final Project in Music Education (3 credit hours ) or  ME 759 Thesis in Music Education

ME 510 Critical Issues in Music Education (2 credit hours)

Faculty

Music Education
  • Penny Dimmick- Professor, Coordinator of Music Ed
  • Becky Marsh- Assistant Professor, Choral Music Ed
  • Brian Weidner- Assistant Professor, Instrumental Music Ed
  • Tim Lautzenheiser- Visiting Scholar in Music Ed
  • Matthew Pivec- Associate Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
Conducting

Contact Us

For application and admission questions , contact the School of Music office by email at music@butler.edu or phone at 317-940-9065.

For curriculum questions, please contact Dr. Brian Weidner via email at bweidner@butler.edu or  phone at 317-940-6115.