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Music and Music Education

In the Department of Arts and Humanities

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Masters Programs in Music and Music Education

Applicants for the M.A., M.A. with Pre K-12 Certification, M.A. with Professional Certification, and the Ed.M, must have an undergraduate degree with a major in music or music education, or an undergraduate degree with evidence of sufficient musical training and experience to qualify the student for graduate work in this field. The complete application will include:

1.    Completed Application Form
2.    Application Fee
3.    Personal Statement
4.    Official Transcript(s)
5.    Letters of Reference
6.    Resume

*The GRE is not required.

Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all necessary application materials by the designated program deadline (available on the Office of Admission website). Online applicants may have letters of reference submitted electronically. All applicants must collect and submit supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores (i.e., TOEFL), directly to the Teachers College Office of Admission.


Doctoral Programs in Music and Music Education

Applicants for the Ed.D. normally have previously received a Master of Arts or Master of Music degree. Applicants for the Ed.D. and the Ed.D.C.T. are expected to have several years of professional experience as an educator or performing musician prior to beginning the doctoral program. Both doctoral programs are very selective and admit only a few students each year. The complete application will include:

1.    Completed Application Form
2.    Application Fee
3.    Personal Statement
4.    Official Transcript(s)
5.    Letters of Reference
6.    Resume
7.    Writing Sample
8.    Audition (Ed.D.C.T. only)

*The GRE is not required.

Applications for the Ed.D. and the Ed.D.C.T. are reviewed once each year for fall admission. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all necessary application materials by the designated program deadline (available on the Office of Admission website). Online applicants may have letters of reference submitted electronically. All applicants must collect and submit supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores (i.e., TOEFL), directly to the Teachers College Office of Admission.




Personal Statement

As part of the application process, for your personal statement, please thoughtfully consider the questions below and write a 750-1000 word response.

1.    What are your professional career goals?           
       How do you envision your future?
       Where do you expect to be in five or ten years?
       What do you expect to be doing?

2.   What are your plans for completion of the degree?
      How do you anticipate your enrollment status?
      How long do you expect it will take?
      How many credits do you anticipate taking each semester?

3.   What are your scholarly interests?


Writing Sample

Academic paper or scholarly article.


Audition

Applicants for the Ed.D.C.T. must submit a recent recording (CD/DVD) of a performance or arrange for an audition through the music program office. There are no audition requirements for the M.A., Ed.M., or Ed.D. degree programs.




Funding Your Education

The Music & Music Education Program offers graduate assistantships within the department for qualified students. Pay Scale / Tuition Exemption information is available upon the receipt of your resume and application request. 

In addition to assistantships, college-wide assistance is available to both full-time and part-time students. Available aid includes:

1.    Tuition deferment plan
2.    Teachers College general scholarships
3.    Departmental scholarships
4.    Minority group scholarships
5.    Low-interest loans
6.    Work-study opportunities


Further Resources For Applying

To learn more about applying to Teachers College please visit the following pages:

1.    Overview: Director of Academic Administration for the Arts & Humanities
2.    Loans, Scholarships, Grants, Work Study: Office of Financial Aid
3.    Employment at TC (work study and professional): Human Resources Office
4.    External Jobs: Office of Career Services
5.    Housing: Office of Residential Services

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