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Are you called to share your love of music with others? Are you interested in enhancing the skills and tools that will guide children into a lifelong appreciation of the universal language of humankind?

Realize your professional goals by expanding your scholarship, musicianship and artistry in music.

The degree offers emphasis in pedagogical studies, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, performance, music theory/composition, Suzuki pedagogy and music therapy.

Pedagogical studies is almost entirely an online degree, with only one face-to-face course. The curriculum is an advanced study the field of music education, with a focus on applying research to instructional practices.

Choral or Instrumental Conducting is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that develop conducting and rehearsal skills, allowing students to study with ECU conducting faculty and performing with ECU ensembles.

Suzuki String Pedagogy is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that allow for practicum experiences under a Suzuki pedagogy mentor.

Performance is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that focus on applied performance on a solo instrument.

Theory-Composition is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that develop analytical and composition skills under the direction of theory and composition faculty.

Music Therapy is a combination of face-to-face and distance education courses that provide entry-level music therapy credentials and eligibility to sit for the national board certification examination.

ECU Advantage

Music education graduates of ECU need no introduction at schools in North Carolina and the Southeast. East Carolina’s School of Music and School of Education are two of the finest programs of their kind on the East Coast. There’s an excellent chance that your elementary school music teacher, your high school band director, or your piano teacher studied at East Carolina.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Rachel Copeland (119 Fletcher Music Center; 252-328-4281; skibar@ecu.edu)

Contact Information for Areas of Emphasis:

The MM in music education includes emphases in pedagogical studies, music therapy, choral or instrumental conducting, Suzuki string pedagogy, performance, or theory-composition. All emphases, with the exception of music therapy, are approved for North Carolina teacher licensure. The MM in music education with emphasis in music therapy provides entry-level music therapy credentials and eligibility to sit for the national board certification examination.

Minimum degree requirement is 33-35 s.h. as follows:

1. Music Education Core - 16 s.h.
  • MUSC 6836 - Foundations, Leadership, and Communication in Music Education
  • MUSC 6837 - History and Philosophy of Music Education
  • MUSC 6838 - Research for Practitioners in Music Education *
  • MUSC 6839 - Methods, Materials, and Pedagogy in Music Education
  • Choose one:
    • MUSC 6990 - Final Project in Music Education or
    • MUSC 7000 - Thesis **
    Note:

    *Students in the music therapy emphasis will take MUSC 5267 and MUSC 5287 in lieu of MUSC 6838.

    **Students choosing the thesis option must have a minimum of 3 semester hours of thesis for degree completion.

    2. Teacher Education - 3 s.h.
    • EDUC 6001 - Introduction to Differences in Human Learning in Schools
    • Note:

      (Students in the music therapy emphasis need not take EDUC 6001.)

      3. Advanced Analysis - 3 s.h.
      • MUSC 6006 - Music Structure and Style or
      • MUSC 6016 - Music Structure and Style
      • Note:

        (MUSC 6206 may be required without degree credit for remedial study in music theory.)

        4. Areas of emphasis

        Choose an area of emphasis.

          Pedagogical Studies - 33 s.h.
            Required - 2-3 s.h.:

            Choose one of the following:

            • MUSC 5937 - Teaching Music in the Elementary School
            • MUSC 5957 - Instructional Techniques and Problems
            • MUSC 5977 - General Music in the Secondary Schools
            Other studies in music - 6 s.h.:

            Choose two of the following:

            • MUSC 5516 - Ibero-American Musics of the Twentieth Century
            • MUSC 5257 - Psychological Foundations of Music
            • MUSC 6403 - Music Technology in the Classroom
            • MUSC 6507 - Topics and Issues in Music
            • MUSC 6508 - Topics and Issues in Music
            • MUSC 6509 - Topics and Issues in Music or
            • other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and academic adv
            Applied Music - 2 s.h.:

            Choose from

            • MUSC 6105 - Guitar Class
            • MUSC 6115 - Guitar Class
            • MUSC 6316 - Score Analysis or
            • other applied music courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
          Choral Conducting - 34 s.h.:
            Required - 8 s.h.:
            • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting
            • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting

            • MUSC 5906 - Choral Literature or
            • MUSC 5916 - Choral Literature
            Ensembles - 2 s.h.:
            • MUSC 6625 - Concert Choir

            • MUSC 6635 - University Chorale or
            • MUSC 6665 - Chamber Singers
            • or
            • other ensembles as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
            Applied Music - 2 s.h. (1, 1)

            (1, 1) indicates the recommendation that an applied, private lesson is taken for 1 s.h. (1/2 hour lesson) for two consecutive semesters.

            Instrumental Conducting - 35 s.h.
              Required - 9 s.h.:
              • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting
              • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting

              • MUSC 5926 - Wind Instrument Literature or
              • MUSC 6226 - Orchestral Literature
              Ensembles - 2 s.h.:
              • MUSC 6715 - Concert Band
              • MUSC 6735 - Wind Ensemble
              • MUSC 6745 - Symphony Orchestra
              • MUSC 6785 - Symphonic Band or
              • other ensembles as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
              Applied Music - 2 s.h. (1,1):

              (1, 1) indicates the recommendation that an applied, private lesson is taken for 1 s.h. (1/2 hour lesson) for two consecutive semesters.

              Music Therapy - 33 s.h.
                Required - 9 s.h.:
                • MUSC 5257 - Psychological Foundations of Music
                • MUSC 5297 - Music Therapy Practicum III
                • MUSC 5997 - Clinical Internship
                • MUSC 6257 - Seminar in Music Therapy I
                • MUSC 6357 - Advanced Clinical Practicum I
                Applied Music - 2 s.h.:
                  Electives - 3 s.h.:

                  Music education electives selected in consultation with music therapy advisor.

                    Note:

                    Music therapy advisor will review candidate’s undergraduate training and provide academic advising to ensure that undergraduate music therapy equivalency and other behavioral science courses required for professional credentials requirements have been completed. Remedial Prerequisite course work may be required.

                    Suzuki Violin Pedagogy - 35 s.h.
                      Required - 8 s.h.:
                      • MUSC 6645 - Suzuki Pedagogy I
                      • MUSC 6646 - Suzuki Observation I
                      • MUSC 6647 - Suzuki Pedagogy II
                      • MUSC 6648 - Suzuki Observation II
                      Other studies in music - 3 s.h.:

                      Choose from the following:

                      • MUSC 5516 - Ibero-American Musics of the Twentieth Century
                      • MUSC 5257 - Psychological Foundations of Music
                      • MUSC 6403 - Music Technology in the Classroom
                      • MUSC 6507 - Topics and Issues in Music
                      • MUSC 6508 - Topics and Issues in Music
                      • MUSC 6509 - Topics and Issues in Music or
                      • other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and the academic
                      Applied Music - 2 s.h. (1,1):

                      (1, 1) indicates the recommendation that an applied, private lesson is taken for 1 s.h. (1/2 hour lesson) for two consecutive semesters.

                      Performance - 35 s.h.
                        Required - 8 s.h.:
                          Ensembles - 2 s.h.:
                          • MUSC 6625 - Concert Choir
                          • MUSC 6635 - University Chorale
                          • MUSC 6665 - Chamber Singers
                          • MUSC 6715 - Concert Band
                          • MUSC 6735 - Wind Ensemble
                          • MUSC 6745 - Symphony Orchestra
                          • MUSC 6775 - Jazz Ensemble
                          • MUSC 6785 - Symphonic Band or
                          • other ensembles as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
                          Other studies in music - 3 s.h.:
                          • MUSC 5257 - Psychological Foundations of Music or
                          • MUSC 5516 - Ibero-American Musics of the Twentieth Century or
                          • MUSC 6403 - Music Technology in the Classroom or
                          • MUSC 6507 - Topics and Issues in Music or
                          • MUSC 6508 - Topics and Issues in Music or
                          • MUSC 6509 - Topics and Issues in Music or
                          • other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and academic adv
                        Music Theory/Composition - 35 s.h.
                          Required - 8 s.h.:
                          • MUSC 6326 - Composition or
                          • MUSC 6336 - Composition or
                          • MUSC 6366 - Special Problems in Electronic Music

                          • MUSC 6327 - Counterpoint or
                          • MUSC 6356 - Pedagogy of Theory

                          • MUSC 6328 - The Language of Post-tonal Music or
                          • MUSC 6536 - Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
                          Other studies in music - 3 s.h.:
                          • MUSC 5257 - Psychological Foundations of Music
                          • MUSC 5516 - Ibero-American Musics of the Twentieth Century
                          • MUSC 6403 - Music Technology in the Classroom
                          • MUSC 6507 - Topics and Issues in Music
                          • MUSC 6508 - Topics and Issues in Music
                          • MUSC 6509 - Topics and Issues in Music or
                          • other theory and analysis, history, and literature courses as approved by the chair and academic adv
                          Applied Music - 2 s.h.:

                          Choose from

                          • MUSC 6316 - Score Analysis or
                          • other applied music courses as approved by the chair and academic advisor.
                      Note:

                      Music therapy advisor will review candidate’s undergraduate training to ensure that undergraduate music therapy equivalency and other behavioral science course requirements have been completed. Remedial course work may be required.

                        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

                        Careers With This Degree

                        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

                        • Music Teacher Education
                        • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
                        • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
                        • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
                        • Music Teacher Education

                        Career Opportunities

                        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

                        NC Tower

                        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

                        • Self-employed;
                        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
                        • Work outside of North Carolina.

                        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

                        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

                        Degree-specific internships

                        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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