UNC's Music Educator's Intensive (MEI) is a Mostly Online Master of Music Degree

Welcome to the mostly online delivery of our Music Master of Music (MM) – Music Education Concentration. UNC's School of Visual and Performing Arts brings this "Music Educator's Intensive (MEI)" program to you through UNC Extended Campus.

The only face-to-face requirements are three-week intensive sessions each Summer in mid-to-late June, so you can fit coursework around your teaching schedule.

This degree will help you enrich your musical competencies, deepen your professional understandings and skills, and develop personal qualities that are essential for success in a world and profession characterized by perpetual change.

The program integrates current innovations in music and the classroom with an in-depth exploration of traditions and historical roots, all with the flexibility to tailor your studies to your academic interests and career goals. Best of all, you will learn from UNC’s renowned faculty and guest instructors who are leaders in music education.

Inspire Your Students to Love Music

This program is intended for working band, choir, vocal and music teachers.

UNC is one of the country’s premier universities for music teachers—with a heritage for providing students with personalized attention. This music education master’s degree will prepare you for advanced teaching responsibilities, leadership roles, and higher-paying positions. You will deepen your knowledge of music, expand your range of teaching techniques, and achieve better outcomes in the classroom. You will also be highly prepared if you choose to pursue doctoral-level study.

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Delivered Online + Summer Greeley Intensives

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

  • 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.
  • Thesis and comprehensive exam options are available for program completion. 


For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Students page for this program.

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

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Additional Resources

  • We also encourage you to visit the UNC School of Music for information about the school, music education programs, and faculty.