Master of Science in Music Education

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The Music Teaching Certification program, obtained as part of the master’s degree program, allows musicians interested in teaching to develop their teaching skills while becoming state-certified in music (K-12).

The Master of Science in Music Education program consists of 33 credits of graduate music education coursework.

Candidates for the master’s degree are urged through individualized advisement to build on their prior musical training by acquiring the skills necessary to teach in the areas best matched to their interests and musical expertise. Coursework in music education is grounded in UB faculty members’ years of experience working as successful music teachers in diverse environments.

Practicing music teachers work in a wide and ever-expanding variety of contexts: elementary classroom music; secondary general music classes that might include music technology, keyboard, guitar, music theory, music history, and interdisciplinary collaborations; and an evolving array of large and small ensembles including choral, wind band, string, jazz, gospel, rock, and other groups.

Practicing music educators who are already certified in music, or who do not wish to pursue state certification, should apply to the Music Education Concentration within our Master of Science in Education (non-certification) degree program, which offers an individualized program of study that meets their needs as an in-service teacher.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the program chair at to learn more about this program.

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