Kent State is one of only two public universities in Ohio to offer the Bachelors through Ph.D. in Music Education 

Kent State has a diverse and growing Music Education program, with comprehensive offerings including degrees at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. Students have access to multiple ensembles in band, orchestra, chorus and world music. In addition to the state of the art Performing Arts Library, the school's resources include hundreds of annual concerts and recitals, as well as instruction in music theory, history, ethnomusicology, applied study and education.  The tradition of the program includes scholars and teachers in many schools and universities throughout the United States.  Kent State and the local community offer modern housing and a modest cost of living, plus some of the lowest tuition rates among comprehensive programs in Northeast Ohio.  The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education through the College of Education, Health and Human Services. For additional information, please see our Music Education brochure.

Music Education Degree Programs

Bachelor of Music Education

At the undergraduate level, students can pursue a Bachelor of Music Education degree. The focus is on preparation to teach in school music settings, in addition to study of applied vocal or instrumental performance.  Concentrations include: band, orchestra, general music and choral music.  Courses emphasize professional aspects of music education, methods and techniques of teaching, technological components of pedagogy, and the comprehensive skills needed for success in contemporary classrooms.

Students are also able to work toward an Ohio Teaching License that is reciprocal with many states around the country.  The licensure track includes significant field experiences in school music settings, courses in pedagogy, psychology, curriculum and reading, as well as general education study.  Scholarships are available to promising students in various specialties and major field areas.  The four-year degree is 132 credits and includes a student-teaching semester and seminar.

Online Master of Music in Music Education

Kent State offers an exclusively Online Master of Music in Music Education, designed for practicing teachers and those wishing to increase their understanding of music teaching and learning in K12 classrooms.  The degree is 31 credits and can be completed in about 23 months.  Courses are offered each seven weeks - two in spring, two in summer and two in fall.  Courses include Foundations of Music Education, Advanced Methods Classes (General, Choral, Instrumental), Theory, History, World Music, Technology, Inquiry in Music Teaching and Learning (I & II) and a final Capstone Project.  Other advantages of the degree include flexibility of the learning environment, a nationally accredited program from a traditional music school and an emphasis on practical application to music classroom settings.

Master of Arts in Teaching

For students with prior undergraduate music degrees or with significant experience in music, Kent State also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching which leads to Ohio certification. This program features music education coursework in the School of Music and graduate-level coursework in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. The MAT is typically completed in one to two years, and includes a semester of student teaching at a local school. 

Ph.D. in Music Education

Principal features of the recently updated Ph.D. in Music Education include a partnership with the College of Education, Health and Human Services, new doctoral seminars, access to the recently renovated and expanded Performing Arts Library, the vast research resources of Kent State and a focus viewing the degree in a 21st-century light with connections of theory and practice.  The degree is 75 credits, which includes coursework and the dissertation.  Designed for practitioners and full-time students alike, the program is tailored to those interested in working in higher education institutions, as well as pursuing advanced study for professional improvement and advancement.  While part-time students are welcomed, those interested in full-time study may apply for graduate assistantships, which include tuition and stipend, opportunities to teach or follow research pursuits, among other benefits. For additional information, please see the Degree Overview and Prospectus.

Notable Faculty and Alumni

A number of distinguished scholars have worked in music education at Kent State during the past several decades. Among these are Terry Kuhn, William Anderson, Donald Hamann, Joy Lawrence, Virginia Mead, Phyllis Kaplan, Melvin Platt, Robert Cutietta, Donald Berger, and Stanley Schleuter, and many others. Hundreds of undergraduate students have moved on to public schools music positions in the state of Ohio and around the country. Notable masters and doctoral students who have held teaching positions at major universities in the United States and abroad include Patricia Shehan Campbell, Wendy Sims, Patricia Flowers, Nicholas DeCarbo, Joyce Jordan DeCarbo, William Bauer, Linda Hartley, Gregory Booth, David Royse, and Terese Volk-Tuohey, among other well-regarded faculty.

General and Contact Information

For general information, application materials, courses of study for the various degrees, and scholarship and assistantship details, please visit the following websites.  

For more specific questions about music education and our offerings, please contact Dr. Jay Dorfman, Coordinator of Music Education.

Music Education Resources