Admission, Curriculum and Tuition Information
No Testing. No GRE. No Auditions. Admission to the program is based on your teaching experience, academic history, letters of recommendation and goal statement.
Current Application Deadlines
April 14 – Summer '23 Enrollment
100% online courses. Kent State Online has its own course and instructional design team, so all of the content is created by faculty and designed for the online platform.
Outstanding faculty. Learn from some of the country’s finest music teacher educators in all areas of specialty. Many of our faculty have published multiple research articles, textbooks, book chapters, and journal articles.
Personal attention. We are dedicated to helping you succeed in your academics! You will have a professional Academic Advisor throughout your collegiate experience as well as be assigned a Faculty Research Supervisor when you enroll in Capstone during your second year.
Opportunity to complete an elective in one week! During the summer, students can choose to take a one-week, 3-credit hour elective focusing on unique music methods. Recent courses include:
- Music Learning Theory
- Orff Levels 1, 2, 3
- Rock Band Methods
- Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Pedagogy
Affordability. The program costs only $655 per credit hour.
Proudly Accredited. We are accredited through NASM, National Association of Schools of Music, Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Rolling admissions. You can enroll in classes every 15 weeks, with start dates in fall, spring, and summer.
- August 6, 2022 – Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Enrollment
- December 2, 2022 – Application Deadline for Spring 2023 Enrollment
- April 14, 2023 – Application Deadline for Summer 2023 Enrollment
To apply to the online music education program, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
Bachelor's degree in music education from a regionally accredited institution that adheres to the general guidelines for undergraduate competencies in music theory, music history, music performance, conducting, ensemble participation and music education preparation as established by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Bachelor’s degree in music from a regionally accredited institution, plus documentation showing how you successfully completed your state’s licensure requirements to teach in school settings.
Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Active U.S. teaching certificate or license
At least one year of full-time music teaching experience in a K-12 classroom environment completed before beginning coursework
3 Letters of Recommendation
Courses are designed with active music educators in mind. For this reason, classes are 7 weeks and you can enroll in two classes per semester, including summer! This format allows you to focus on one area of study, complete the course, and then begin another subject matter.
Students must complete at least two electives in Advanced Studies in Teaching: Choral Music, Instrumental Music, or General Music. We offer one-week, summer intensives that can be used as electives. In Summer 2019, we offered a Jazz Methods and Pedagogy course and in Summer 2020, we will be offering a Rock Band Pedagogy and Performance course. You can stay on the Kent Campus, meet other Online Master of Music in Music Education students, and work face-to-face with our faculty.
- Develop and apply knowledge of foundational principles of music education (history, philosophy, sociology, psychology); research methods and practices; music technology; methods of music education in instrumental, choral and general music contexts; western music theory and history; and world music.
- Exhibit scholarly writing skills focusing on comprehensive knowledge of research methodology.
- Demonstrate reading, research, writing and critical-thinking skills related to contemporary music education contexts.
This program is not intended to provide licensure and is constructed for those who have a music education background with the desire to improve the student and teacher experience in music classroom settings.
Tuition & Fees
The following cost estimates are for the current academic year. Students should plan to pay registration and enrollment-related charges at the beginning of each semester. The university reserves the right to charge fees without notice.
Courses Required to Graduate
10 (31 credit hours)
Cost per Credit Hour
$655 (Ohio Resident) | $665 (Non-Ohio Resident)
Distance Learning Fee
$12 per credit hour
*For those who qualify, financial aid and tuition assistance may be available. For more information, please contact Kent State University’s One Stop at 330-672-6000 or by visiting their website.
Our OneStop Office can assist you in exploring alternative financing options. Options include the Federal Stafford Loan, the Alternative/Supplemental Educational Loan, employer tuition assistance or private loans. For more information, please contact the OneStop at 330-672-6000 or by clicking here.
Applying For Financial Aid
Eligibility for financial aid is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Follow the steps below to find out what types of educational financial assistance you may qualify for.
Step 1: Gather your personal and financial documents.
Step 2: Filling out the FAFSA can be accomplished electronically. To do so you should sign up for a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This is the recommended method because your PIN will both speed up the application process and allow you to track your FAFSA more easily.
Step 3: Once you have been provided a PIN you can proceed to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you're done, use your PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA ,or print it out, sign it, and follow the mailing instructions.
Step 4: In a few weeks, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is your opportunity to correct mistakes you might have made and finalize the FAFSA process. You'll need to use your PIN to electronically sign the Student Aid Report, or print it out, sign it, and follow the mailing instructions.
Step 5: Congratulations, you have completed the FAFSA application process. Your Student Aid Report will automatically be sent to the school, and you will now know how much, and what federal financial aid options are available to you.