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Music MM – Music Education Emphasis – Courses & Requirements

This Music Education Intensive (MEI) program is designed to blend the convenience of online with the opportunity for condensed face-to-face Summer courses with your peers and the expert UNC Music Education faculty.

Course of Study (30-36 Credit Hours)

  • The program can be completed in two years, though some students may decide to work on their final comprehensive exam or thesis in an additional term.
  • All students can complete this degree with 30 credit hours. Some students may wish to take additional coursework while enrolled in the master's degree.

Required Courses (12 Credit Hours) – Online

You will take one of the following four courses online each Fall and Spring (1 course per term).

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Studies in the Major

MUS 519 Foundations of Music Education (3)

MUS 533 Curriculum Trends in Music Education (3)

MUS 610 Research in Music Education (3)

Studies in Professional Education

Suggested: MUS 612 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning (3) – other education courses may be available in consultation with your advisor.

Additional Coursework – SUMMEr Intensive Sessions

Additional coursework will be completed via intensive sessions on the UNC campus in two 3-week Summer terms. Courses will consist of 1- or 2-week workshop-style courses conducted in mid-late June. These courses will fulfill the following requirements:

  • Credits in Music Studies (10-16 Credit Hours)
  • Elective Credits (8 Credit Hours)

These Summer courses will add dynamic topics into the curriculum, including guest instructors and the ability to learn pedagogy for a wide variety of music fields.

Thesis Option

Students who choose to do a Thesis will take 6 credit hours of MUS 699 Thesis to support their thesis work and defense. These 6 credits will count toward fulfillment of the Music Studies coursework requirement. Most students will begin their Thesis during their second Summer of coursework. Successful thesis defense is equivalent to passing the comprehensive exam.

Comprehensive Exam Option

Candidates who do not complete a Thesis will be asked to take an exam on topics related to music education.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years (see Courses & Requirements)
$520/credit hour

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Please refer questions to:

Mark Allwein


Program Coordinator:

Mark Montemayor


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