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Master of Arts
Music Education

Not Accepting Applications

To best meet the needs of our students, we have decided to suspend enrollment in the Master of Arts in Music Education. We encourage you to explore Brass Studies (MM), Jazz Studies (MM), Percussion Studies (MM), Piano Studies: Solo Piano (MM), Piano Studies: Collaborative Piano (MM), String Studies (MM), or Woodwind Studies (MM).

This three semester, non-licensure graduate program is designed for students working in schools and community music settings. In this master’s program, you will build on your background in music performance and education. You will study with renowned research faculty from NYC’s finest performers and artist-teachers and complete a capstone thesis of reflective practice in music education.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Music Education

Full-time or Part-time

You’ll combine intensive study in music education with pedagogy and music specialization course work. You can choose from electives in research and praxis, including topics like teaching music composition and improvisation and technological trends in music education, as well as courses across the variety of programs at NYU Steinhardt.

You'll gain valuable experience through completing one semester of fieldwork in a New York City–based community setting, and learn from faculty who are active musicians, respected educators, regularly published authors, and avid researchers.

You'll also have opportunities to hone your musical talents by participating in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by top New York artists.

Throughout your program of study, you will cover:

  • Research in music and music education
  • Music education foundations
  • Curriculum development and teaching techniques 
  • Urban and culturally relevant music pedagogies
  • Technology-enhanced music teaching strategies
  • Approaches to teaching music with special learners



Looking for Certification?

Please note that this degree does not lead to teaching certification. A degree leading to eligibility for initial teaching certification in Music Education is also available.


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