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Music and Music Education

Music & Music Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Summer M.A. Program (Hybrid)

Hybrid: Summer courses with the option of online Fall and Spring classes

The Teachers College Summer Hybrid Master of Arts in Music and Music Education is designed for public, private, community, studio, and international music teachers looking for a convenient way to obtain their master's degree. Our students continue to develop musical, pedagogical, and leadership skills while working with peers from around the world and an internationally acclaimed faculty.

Our Summer program enables you to complete a Master of Arts in two or three summers, spending four weeks in New York City during the summer with the option of taking one or two online offerings during the academic year.

The program is guided by pedagogical and philosophical underpinnings that reflect current trends of rethinking and re-conceiving music education. This M.A. program requires 32 credits of course work and meets the recently conceived state and national teacher preparation standards.

Our graduate program will provide you with the analytical and critical skills required to integrate theory and practice, the hallmark of a Teachers College degree. Teachers College also provides access to an unparalleled faculty and student body.

Join the Teachers College family and be the next leader to champion music education in schools and communities around the world!

Our Summer Hybrid Masters Program

Visit with Professor Hal Abeles, students JuanCarlos and Tanatchaya, and the students and faculty of the Music & Music Education Summer Masters Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

How to Apply

We accept applications on a rolling, space-available basis until June 1, 2018. Please ensure to have all required application items submitted by this date in order to be reviewed in time for summer courses.  

To apply for admission, select 2018 Degree and 2018 Summer, then select “Music and Music Education (Hybrid)” on the Program Information page.

For more information about the application process, please visit the Office of Admission.


Financial Aid

Our goal is to help remove financial barriers in order to assist students in meeting the cost of attendance. All students admitted into this selective program will receive tuition support from Teachers College.

If you are interested in applying for Federal Student Aid, file the free application online at Be sure to include the Teachers College school code, G03979. Upon receipt of your FAFSA information from the Department of Education, you will receive a financial aid award letter within 14 days. We strongly recommend completing your FAFSA as early as possible if you are planning to attend Teachers College this summer.

The Financial Aid office provides counseling and assistance in completing the financial aid application, evaluation, and determination of need. For more information on the financial aid process, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.



Applicants seeking NY State Professional Certification must first hold a NY State Initial Certificate prior to enrollment at Teachers College. Upon completion of the degree, students may independently apply for Professional Certification via New York State Department of Education’s individualized pathway toward certification.



There are multiple housing options for Summer students. We recommend staying in or close to the Upper West Side or Morningside Heights to allow for a shorter commute to Teachers College at 525 West 120th Street. You will also be close to Central Park, Lincoln Center, and numerous internationally acclaimed museums and musical venues.

The Office of Residential Services offers a limited number of spaces within the on-campus residence halls for Summer students. If you are interested in applying for Teachers College housing, we recommend contacting the Office of Residential Services as soon as possible.

On-campus housing for Summer students is known as Summer Conference Housing and has a separate application process than school-year housing. When you apply for housing, please complete the Summer Conference Housing Application, and indicate that you are planning to enroll in the Summer M.A. program. Do not use the regular Housing Application for school-year programs.

For information about our campus location and the Columbia Morningside neighborhood, visit About TC.


Sample Two or Three Summer Course Sequence*

Summer I Course Sequence

Summer I: July (TC – NYC) 7 credits

A&HM 5032 Comprehensive Musicianship (3 credits)

A&HM 5025 Creativity and Problem Solving in Music Education (3 credits)

A&HM 435X Ensemble Performance: Vocal or Instrumental (1 credit)

Fall Semester I (Online or home location) 4 credits

A&HM 4201 Level I:  Field Work:  Instructional Strategies (2 credits)

A&HM 530X Lessons in primary performance area (home location**) (2 credits)

Spring I Semester (Online) Out of Program Elective Take One: 3 credits

MSTU 5002 Culture, Media, & Education (3 credits)

MSTU 4041  Technology & Democratic Education (3 credits)

A&H 4061  Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)

MSTU 4141 Social Media & Learning (3 credits)

HBSE 4001 Teaching Students w/Disability (3 credits)

Summer II Course Sequence

Summer II:  July (TC – NYC) 7 credits

A&H 5002  Assessment Strategies in the Arts (3 credits)

A&HM 5020  Foundations of Music Education (3 credits)

A&HM 435X Ensemble Performance Vocal or Instrumental (1 credit)

Fall II Semester (Online) Out of Program Elective - Take One: 3 credits

MSTU 4005 Equity, Ethics and Social Issues, & Technology (3 credits)

ORLD 4827 Fostering Transformative Learning (3 credits)

HUDK 4029 Cognition and Learning (3 credits)

MSTU 4010 Theories of Communication (3 credits)

MSTU 4050 Online Schools & Online Schooling K-12 (3 credits)

Spring II Semester (Online or home location) 4 credits

A&HM 4201 Level II: Student Assessment (2 credits)

A&HM 530X Lessons in primary performance area (home location**) (2 credits)

Summer III Course Sequence*

Summer III:  July (TC – NYC)  4 credits

XXXX 1111 Out of Program Elective (3 credits)

A&HM 435X Ensemble Performance: Vocal or Instrumental (1 credit)

Program Notes

* Taking an extra semester of lessons in a primary or secondary performance area during the fall or spring and taking an extra online outside elective can eliminate the need for a third summer.

** Lessons can be taken with an approved instructor near where student lives.



Degree Requirements:

Download the Course Requirements (pdf) below for guidelines on the degree requirements.

Download the Graduation Portfolio Requirements Checklist (pdf) below for guidelines on the portfolio requirements.


More Information for Admitted Students:

Please view the Handbook for more information:


Program Contact:

For more information, please visit Admissions or email


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