Master of Music Education
The Master of Music Education (MMusEd) degree program is intended for new and experienced music teachers who seek advanced study in music curriculum and instruction. Candidates for the Master of Music Education have the option of pursuing a non-thesis course of study that focuses on teaching pedagogy and teaching techniques or a thesis required course of study that focuses on methodological or experimental research. Non-thesis emphases include pedagogy, technology, Kodály, choral conducting, and wind band conducting. Thesis-required emphasis is research. Part-time and summers-only programs of study are available for teachers who hold full-time teaching positions. We offer four non-thesis emphases for summers-only study: Kodály, pedagogy, choral conducting and wind band conducting. They can be completed in three summers by taking at least 12 credits each summer.
Master of Music Education degree programs must be completed within five years from the date of matriculation, and students who wish to do so may take courses throughout the school year in addition to summer coursework. Summerterm workshop information can be found at http://harttweb.hartford.edu/summer.htm. The MMusEd consists of 36-41 credits that include (a) 12 credits of music education core courses, (b) 12 credits of music history and music theory courses, and (c) 12-17 credits of music education emphasis courses.
Applicants to the Master of Music Education degree program must have completed a bachelor's degree in music education at an accredited institution and hold a valid teaching license. Hartt's Music Education Division strongly recommends that applicants have at least one year of teaching experience at an elementary or secondary, public or private school before beginning their MMusEd. Academic year full-time students are required to participate in a performing organization (choir, wind ensemble/symphony band, or orchestra). Auditions for these ensembles take place a the beginning of fall and spring semesters; students should contact the appropriate division coordinator for specific requirements, dates/times, and locations.
About the program
All graduate programs of The Hartt School Music Education Division provide students with advanced training in the pedagogy, research and practice of music education while also preparing accomplished performers. There are four graduate programs available: pedagogy emphasis, conducting emphasis, technology emphasis, and Kodály certification emphasis.
The Hartt Music Education program is taught by faculty members who, in addition to their expertise in music education, are respected performers and researchers. They have extensive public school teaching experience and are leaders in early childhood, choral and instrumental music education. The faculty are also nationally recognized for their research, teaching and publications. Instructional materials written by Hartt Music Education faculty are published by Boosey and Hawkes; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; and GIA; and they are utilized nationally as teacher-training models.
The Division sponsors research in early childhood music in addition to preschool music and movement instruction on a weekly basis throughout the greater Hartford area. The Division also provides an opportunity for Hartt undergraduate and graduate students to learn early childhood music education through observation of classroom instruction and participation in workshops and teacher-training institutes.