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School of Music

Master of Music in Music Education

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 for fall entry: January 1  Currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 on a rolling basis.

  1. Complete Application for Graduate Admission, including*:
    • ​​A Professional Statement
    • Official transcripts
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • *NOTE: To submit a graduate application, you need to have previously completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university and be seeking an advanced degree.
  2. Complete the JCA Graduate Music Supplement. The supplement will appear on your application status page after submitting yoru Application for Graduate Admission. The supplement is required in order for your application to be considered complete. No pre-screening or performance audition required
  3. Interview with Music Education faculty scheduled through School of Music office at or directly with bweidner@butler.eduThis degree program does not require pre-screening materials or a performance audition.

**International applicants must take the TOEFL as well as submit additional financial documentation. See International Student Application process.

Degree Overview
Total Credit Hours: 31 credit hours with Final Project -OR- 34 credit hours with Thesis
Anticipated Duration: 2-3 years
Degree options: choose either MM in MusEd with a Final Project -OR- MM in MusEd with a Thesis

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: MM in Music Ed with Final Project -OR- MM in Music Ed with Thesis


Sample Course Sequence


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

ME 515-Research in Music  Education(3)


ME 512-Educational Practices for Ensemble Rehearsal (2)

MT 513-Conducting Practices for the Ensemble Classroom (2)


Graduate Music Theory or History (3)



ME 553-Music Education for Diverse Learners (2)

ME 514-Repertoire Studies for the Performance Classroom (2)


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

ME 552-Psychology & Sociology of Music Education (2)


Graduate Music Theory or History (3)



MT 550- Music Theory Pedagogy (3)


ME 758- Final Project in Music Ed (3) -OR-

ME 759 Thesis in Music Ed

ME 510 Critical Issues in Music Education (2)


Music Education



Application and admission questions may be directed to the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.

Curriculum questions may be directed to Dr. Brian Weidner at or 317-940-6115.