MM in Music Education

The MM in Music Education is designed for music teachers desiring a master of music degree and others interested in studying music education at the graduate level. The degree can be completed in as few as three or four summers, but must be completed within seven years of matriculation.

All coursework is offered at Villanova University in conjunction with the Summer Music Studies Program. This course of study is a summer-only master's degree.

This program does not lead to PDE certification.

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What makes us different: personalized curriculum and convenient summer classes
Foundational courses provide the intellectual bases for music education as a professional praxis. Content coursework allows students to pursue domains of learning in correlation to their educational needs and interests. The Content Electives encourage customization of the degree through advising as well as the optimization of learning experiences for students enrolled in this degree program. The Graduation Project/Thesis is the culmination of learning and professional growth established as an outcome of MM studies in Music Education and demonstrates mastery of the course of study through a well-designed and developed thesis or project.

What music teachers are saying about the program:
"The summer music experience at Villanova has been a very positive one for me. The array of classes available hit every facet of music education and the teaching staff is diverse and specialized in their content areas. Finally, the scheduling of classes is very accommodating for the working professional."

- Mr. Chris Thompson, North Penn School District, Walton Farm and General Nash Elementary Schools, Elementary Instrumental Music Teacher

"Today, the climate of music education requires the music teacher to fill multiple roles with rapidly shifting demands. The Summer Studies program recognizes these needs and offers active-learning courses designed by nationally recognized, exemplar instructors. The outcome is newly acquired skills and knowledge that apply directly to the benefit of students in schools."

- Ms. Anne Sprissler, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, Valley Forge Middle School, Vocal and General Music Teacher

For more information about the MM in Music Education, contact Beth Sokolowski, Head, Music Education Division.