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Degrees Offered

The Music & Music Education program at Teachers College offers four general degrees: M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., and the Ed.D.C.T. Out of these four degrees, there are 9 possible options for further customization to better serve your needs.


M.A. Master of Arts (32 Points)

The traditional M.A. program is a post-bachelor's degree program that provides graduate studies with a balance of work in performance, comprehensive musicianship, pedagogy, and research. The degree program is designed to allow flexibility in course selection, so that each student may prepare for his or her professional career in music education.

Pedagogy: At least 2 courses from the following:

    •    4021 Designing Musical Experience (3)
    •    5020 Foundations of Music Education (3)
    •    5025 Creativity and Problem Solving in Music Education (3)
    •    5026 Music Skills and the Creative Strategy (3)


Research: At least one course from the following:

    •    5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (3)
    •    5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (3)
    •    5022 Children’s Musical Development (3)
    •    5023 Vocal Pedagogy (3)

Comprehensive Musicianship:

    •    5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship 1 or 2 (3)

Music Performance:
At least 2 courses of applied lessons or lessons and recital

    •    Instrumental / Voice Lessons (2)
    •    Instrumental / Voice Lessons (2) or Recital (0-1)

Out of Program Courses: At least 3 courses for a minimum of 2 points each

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M.A. Master of Arts with Pre K-12 Certification (40 Points)

The M.A. degree with Teacher Certification is a program designed for students with an undergraduate degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching music in the public schools. The 40-point degree program leads to both the M.A. degree and New York State Teacher of Music, PreK-12 Certification. Students desiring state certification should identify themselves at their first registration, and be assigned to a certification advisor for guidance in this process. All requirements for certification can be completed in this M.A. program if the candidate is identified at the first registration. Students in this M.A. program take coursework followed by two semesters of carefully guided student teaching in schools that reflects the Music Program's philosophy of authentic and relevant musical pedagogy.
 
Pedagogy and Research: All of the following

    •    5022 Children’s Musical Development (pre-requisite for 4021) (3)
    •    4021 Designing Musical Experience (3)
    •    5020 Foundations of Music Education (3)
    •    5025 Creativity and Problem Solving Music Ed (pre-requisite for 5026) (3)
    •    5026 Music Skills and the Creative Strategy (3)
    •    4029 New Technologies in Education (2)
    •    Special Education Course in consultation with advisor (2)
    •    Child Abuse Workshop and Violence Prevention Workshop (0)
    •    On-Line or In-Person please see: http://www.childabuseworkshop.com / http://www.violenceworkshop.com

Comprehensive Musicianship:

    •    5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship 1 or 2 (3)

Music Performance:
At least 2 courses of applied lessons or lessons and recital

    •    Instrumental/Voice Lessons (2)
    •    Instrumental/Voice Lessons (2) or Recital (0-1)

Fieldwork:
Both of the following courses

    •    4701 Student Teaching – Elementary (3)
    •    4711 Student Teaching – Secondary (3)

Elective Music Courses: 4-7 total points

Out of Program Courses: At least 2 courses for a minimum of 2 points each

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M.A. Master of Arts with Professional Certification (32 Points)

The M.A. Professional Certificate Program is designed for music educators a) certified to teach in other states or b) holding New York State Initial certificates to meet the New York State requirements for the Professional Certificate in Music Education. For professionals teaching in other states, the program provides advanced professional experiences built upon previous professional work. The Program requires graduate studies with work in pedagogy,research, comprehensive musicianship and performance. The degree program is designed to allow some flexibility in course selection, so that each student may build upon his or her previous academic work and teaching experience, as well as prepare for his or her professional career in music education.

Pedagogy: At least one course from the following:

    •    4021 Designing Musical Experiences (3)
    •    5025 Creativity and Problem Solving (3)

And one from the following:

    •    5027 Philosophies of Music Education (3)
    •    5020 Foundations of Music Education (3)

Research: At least one course from the following:

    •    5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (3)
    •    5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (3)
    •    5022 Children’s Musical Development (3)
    •    5023 Vocal Pedagogy (3)

Comprehensive Musicianship:

    •    5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship 1 or 2 (3)

Music Performance: At least one course from the music performance area

    •    Instrumental / Voice Lessons (2)

Elective Music Courses: At least 6 points from the following courses

    •    4008 Creative Arts Laboratory
    •    4029 Introduction to new technologies in music ed
    •    4050 Conducting and score reading
    •    4059 Jazz Improvisation
    •    4060 Jazz Improvisation II
    •    5021 Instrumental instruction for children
    •    5026 Musical skills and the creative strategy
    •    5042 Choral literature survey
    •    5047 Creative strategies for teaching music literature
    •    5050 Advanced conducting and interpretation
    •    5052 Vocal literature and interpretation


Out of Program Courses: At least 3 courses for a minimum of 2 points each

    •    Only 1 may be A&HA or A&HG


M.A. Summer Intensive INSTEP (32 Points)

The Music Education program offers a summer program that focuses on the needs of beginning teachers by offering them the opportunity to acquire their Master’s degree by enrolling primarily in the summer. The INSTEP program is guided by pedagogical and philosophical underpinnings that reflect current trends in rethinking and re-conceiving the teaching of Music. This M.A. program meets the recently conceived state and national teacher preparation standards.
 
Pedagogy: At least one course from the following:

    •    4021 Designing Musical Experiences (3)
    •    5025 Creativity and Problem Solving (3)

And one from the following:

    •    5027 Philosophies of Music Education (3)
    •    5020 Foundations of Music Education (3)

Research:
At least one course from the following:

    •    5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (3)
    •    5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (3)
    •    5022 Children’s Musical Development (3)
    •    5023 Vocal Pedagogy (3)

Comprehensive Musicianship:

    •    5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship 1 or 2 (3)

Music Performance: At least one course from the music performance area

    •    Instrumental / Voice Lessons (2)

Elective Music Courses: At least 6 points from the following courses

    •    4008 Creative Arts Laboratory
    •    4029 Introduction to new technologies in music ed
    •    4050 Conducting and score reading
    •    4059 Jazz Improvisation
    •    4060 Jazz Improvisation II
    •    5021 Instrumental instruction for children
    •    5026 Musical skills and the creative strategy
    •    5042 Choral literature survey
    •    5047 Creative strategies for teaching music literature
    •    5050 Advanced conducting and interpretation
    •    5052 Vocal literature and interpretation

Out of Program Courses: At least 3 courses for a minimum of 2 points each

    •    Only 1 may be A&HA or A&HG

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Ed.M. Master of Education (60 Points)

The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) in Music and Music Education is an advanced professional degree for practitioners in music education that is designed to prepare graduates for a career in elementary schools, secondary schools, and colleges. It is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 60 points of graduate study. Major emphasis is placed on the improvement of instruction and curriculum. Candidates who show clear promise of success in further graduate study may apply for the doctoral program.
 
The general course requirement is a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours, 30 points of which may be transferred from graduate coursework at another institution. Transferable credits are determined by the registrars office. Candidates who have earned a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College must complete at least 45 of the 60 graduate points at Teachers College. Programs of study and courses for the degree are divided into four general areas. A program of study should reflect a balance of courses in these areas:

    1.    Pedagogy
    2.    Research
    3.    Comprehensive Musicianship
    4.    Music Performance


Non-Departmental Requirements: In addition to the music program courses, each candidate is expected to complete four courses of at least 2 credits each from outside the Programs in Music Education (A&HM). These electives are to be selected from areas deemed appropriate in consultation with the faculty adviser.
 
Graduation Requirements: Candidates for the Ed.M. degree must complete a scholarly paper demonstrating their ability to synthesize research. The paper is usually completed in A&HM 5031 Synthesizing Research in Music Education, an online 2 point course.


Ed.M. with Initial New York State Certification (62 Points)

The degree with Initial Teacher Certification is a program designed for students with a master's degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching music in the public schools. The 62-point degree program leads to both the Ed.M. degree and New York State Teacher of Music, PreK-12 Initial Certification. All requirements for certification can be completed in the Ed.M. program if the candidate is identified at the first registration. Students in this Ed.M. program take coursework followed by two semesters of carefully guided student teaching in schools that reflect the Music Program's philosophy of authentic and relevant musical pedagogy.


Ed.D. Doctor of Education (90 Points)

The Ed.D prepares students for positions in the Teaching and Supervision of Music in Elementary and Secondary Schools, the Teaching and Administration of Music in Early Childhood Settings, the Teaching of Music in Private Schools and Private Studios, the Teaching and Administration of Music in Colleges and Universities, and careers in Music and Interdisciplinary Areas, such as  the Arts and Humanities, Special and Adult Education.

Curriculum Guide: Curriculum guides are based on the following curriculum profile

    •    Curriculum Profile: Ed.D. (90 points minimum)
    •    A maximum of 36 points of graduate coursework may be transferred, in consultation with your advisor.


1) Music and Music Education (36-42 points)

Required Areas of Study:

    •    5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship (3 points each)
    •    5020 Foundations of Music Education (3 points)
    •    5025, 5026, or 5047 Creative Strategies (3 points each)
    •    5022 Children's Musical Development (3 points)
    •    4029, 5029, or 4048 New Technology (3 points each or demonstrated proficiency)

Suggested Areas of Study:


    •    Other TC Pedagogy classes including: Vocal Pedagogy, Designing Musical Experiences for Young Children, etc. (see Course Catalog for a complete listing of other classes including:Performance Pedagogy, Music Analysis, Music History, and others.)

2) Major Research Area (10-12 points)


Required Areas of Study:

    •    5031 Synthesizing Research in Music Education (2 points)
    •    6501 & 7501 Doctoral & Dissertation seminar (2 or 3 points each)
    •    5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (3 points)

Suggested Areas of Study:

    •    5003 Music perception and cognition (3 points)
    •    5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (0 or 3 points)

3) Applied Music (15-24 points)


Suggested Areas of Study:


    •    Applied major
    •    Ensemble
    •    Chamber music
    •    Performance literature
    •    Conducting

4) Total of 15 points out of department classes required (6 points in non-major research courses)


Suggested Areas of Study:


    •    Curriculum and Teaching
    •    Special Education
    •    Early Childhood
    •    Technology
    •    Developmental Psychology
    •    Education Administration

5) Non Major Research (Minimum of 6 points)


Suggested Areas of Study:

    •    Historical Methods (Philosophy and Education A&HF 6041)
    •    Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum & Teaching (C&T 5502)
    •    Qualitative Research and Evaluation in International Education (ITSF 4092)
    •    Methods of Inquiry: Ethnography and Participant Observation (ITSF 5000)
    •    Ethnography and Participant Observation: Structural and Interpretive Analysis (ITSF 5001)
    •    Ethnography and Participant Observation: Comparative and Qualitative Analysis (ITSF 5002)
    •    Research Methods in Social Psychology (Organizational Psychology – ORLJ 5040)
    •    Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Design and Data Collection (ORL 6500)
    •    Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Data Analysis and Reporting
    •    Methods of Empirical Research (Human Development – HUD 4021)
    •    Basic Concepts in Statistics (Human Development – HUD 4120)
    •    Methods of Social Research: Survey Methods (Sociology & Education – HUDF 5020)
    •    Instrument Design and Validation (Measurement and Evaluation – HUDM 5053)


Ed.D.C.T. Doctorate of Education in College Teaching

The Ed.D. in College Teaching is designed primarily for students with a high level of performance skills whose goal or present position is focused on the teaching of performance in higher education. The Doctoral Cohort Program is a unique offering designed for music faculty members holding full-time academic appointments who are interested in completing a doctoral program.
 
Curriculum Guide: Curriculum guides are based on the following curriculum profile

    •    Curriculum Profile: Ed.D. in the College Teaching of Music (90 points minimum)
    •    A maximum of 36 points of graduate coursework may be transferred, in consultation with your advisor.


1) Music in Higher Education (9 points)


Required Areas of Study:


    •    6001 College teaching and administration of music (3 points)
    •    6023 Teaching applied music (3 points)
    •    6481 College teaching internship (3 points)

2) Music and Music Education (30-36 points)


Required Areas of Study:

    •    5032 or 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship (3 points each)
    •    5020 Foundations of Music Education (3 points)
    •    5025, 5026, or 5047 Creative Strategies (3 points each)
    •    5022 Children's Musical Development (3 points)
    •    4029, 5029, or 4048 New Technology (3 points each or demonstrated proficiency)

Suggested Areas of Study:

    •    Other TC Pedagogy classes including: Vocal Pedagogy, Designing Musical Experiences for Young Children, etc. (see Course Catalog for a complete listing of other classes including:Performance Pedagogy, Music Analysis, Music History, and others.)

3) Major Research Area (10-12 points)


Required Areas of Study:

    •    5031 Synthesizing Research in Music Education (2 points)
    •    6501 & 7501 Doctoral & Dissertation seminar (2 or 3 points each)
    •    5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (3 points)

Suggested Areas of Study:


    •    5003 Music perception and cognition (3 points)
    •    5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (0 or 3 points)

4) Total of 15 points out of department classes required (6 points in non-major research courses)


Suggested Areas of Study:


    •    Curriculum and Teaching
    •    Special Education
    •    Early Childhood
    •    Technology
    •    Developmental Psychology
    •    Education Administration

5) Non Major Research (Minimum of 6 points)


Suggested Areas of Study:

    •    Historical Methods (Philosophy and Education A&HF 6041)
    •    Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum & Teaching (C&T 5502)
    •    Qualitative Research and Evaluation in International Education (ITSF 4092)
    •    Methods of Inquiry: Ethnography and Participant Observation (ITSF 5000)
    •    Ethnography and Participant Observation: Structural and Interpretive Analysis (ITSF 5001)
    •    Ethnography and Participant Observation: Comparative and Qualitative Analysis (ITSF 5002)
    •    Research Methods in Social Psychology (Organizational Psychology – ORLJ 5040)
    •    Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Design and Data Collection (ORL 6500)
    •    Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Data Analysis and Reporting
    •    Methods of Empirical Research (Human Development – HUD 4021)
    •    Basic Concepts in Statistics (Human Development – HUD 4120)
    •    Methods of Social Research: Survey Methods (Sociology & Education – HUDF 5020)
    •    Instrument Design and Validation (Measurement and Evaluation – HUDM 5053)

6) Non-Major and Higher Education (9-12 points, at least 6 points in Adult Education and Higher Education (ORLD))


Suggested Areas of Study:

    •    Transformative Learning (ORLD 4827) – 3 points
    •    Introduction Adult/Continuing Education (ORLD 4050) – 3 points
    •    Workshop on Evaluation (ORLD 4800)
    •    Discussion as Teaching (ORLD 4850)-1 point
    •    Helping Adults Learn (ORLD 4844) – 1 point
    •    Discussion as Ways of Teacher (ORLD 4850) – 1 point
    •    College teaching and learning (ORLH 5011) – 3 points
    •    The American College Student (ORLH 4040) – 3 points
    •    How Adults Learn (ORLD 4051) - 3 points


7) Applied Music (24-36 points)


Suggested Areas of Study:

    •    Applied major
    •    Ensemble
    •    Chamber music
    •    Performance literature
    •    Conducting


Ed.D.C.T. Cohort

The Doctoral Cohort Program is a unique offering designed for music faculty members holding full-time academic appointments who are interested in completing a doctoral program.