PhD in Music Education

PhD in Music Education

A Research-Based Doctoral Degree

Pursue a career as an innovative music educator, teaching at the college and university levels. You’ll study specialized research methodologies and work closely with leading New York City artist-teachers.

This PhD program specializes in research and theoretical development. A practice-based EdD program is also available, as is a PhD in music education with a focus on music therapy

What You'll Learn
  • A thorough grounding in the significant historical and current issues and developing paradigms in music education
  • Specialized research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method focuses) as you conceptualize your research ideas and interests, develop a proposal, and complete your disseration

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

A Flexible PhD Program Tailored to Your Areas of Interest
This doctoral degree requires a minimum of 45 points, or credits. The program of study is distributed among courses in the foundations, cognate areas, advised research courses related to your areas of interest, specialization, guided electives, a departmental content seminar, and dissertation research and preparation. You will be able to personalize your program around your individual interests.

Work Closely with Faculty on Your Research Interests
As a doctoral student at Steinhardt, you'll join a warm, supportive learning community and be mentored closely by our renowned faculty. You will conduct innovative research in music education and design, then complete and defend a theoretically grounded dissertation under the the guidance of your faculty adviser. 

Performance Opportunities
You'll have opportunities to participate in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by leading New York artists. 

Where Your Degree Can Take You
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Departmental and school administrator
  • Other leadership roles in higher education

Selected Student Bio

Degree Details


Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education: For College and University Fcaulty


Full-time or part-time



Start Date:

Fall semester

Application Deadline:

December 1

Contact Us

Alex Ruthmann 
212 998-5607