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Music Education (All Grades), M.S./M.Mus.

The master’s degrees in Music Education prepare graduates to be innovative musicians, effective and engaging educators, and advocates of the arts in the schools and communities they serve.

These dual programs from both the School of Education and Setnor School of Music provide an environment of excellence where one can develop the understanding and skills necessary to become a skilled, independent, lifelong learner, and music educator. There are two Music Education master’s degrees at Syracuse, depending on your existing New York State teacher certification:

  • The Music Education: Preparation M.S. program is for candidates with a NASM-accredited undergraduate degree, but no existing music certification. This program meets the academic requirements for both initial and professional New York State teacher certification in Music (all grades).
  • The Music Education: Professional M.Mus. program is for candidates with existing New York State initial teacher certification in Music (all grades). This program meets the academic requirements for professional New York State teacher certification in Music.

Why Music Education at Syracuse?

  • Complete your professional degree in 1 calendar year, or preparation degree in 5 semesters (including one summer).
  • Be prepared for teaching diverse students in 21st century classrooms. From experiences in university classrooms, online, public schools and community partnerships, you will learn to design inclusive, culturally relevant pedagogy for all students.
  • Work with faculty who have strong ties to local schools and community partners, serving as clinicians, performers, instructors, and regularly providing in-service and professional development workshops.
  • Participate in the Music Educators Academy and weekly National Association for Music Education events that bring students together with area teachers, educational professionals, and SU faculty and staff to share professional development opportunities and master classes with resident and visiting artists.
  • Elevate your musical concepts and skills with performance and instructional opportunities available in the Setnor School of Music.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.
  • Because you will be a student in two different schools within Syracuse University, you will receive faculty support and expertise from both the School of Education and the Setnor School of Music, including academic advising support, teacher certification, and job search assistance.

The program’s legacy is the work of a long list of innovative artists and educators. Our graduates are in K-12 schools, preschools, and community music settings including:

  • Instrumental, Choral, and General Music teachers and instructors
  • Teacher leaders, department chairs, or school administrators
  • Performers, conductors, composers, or music industry professionals.
  • Further studies in Teaching and Curriculum, Educational Leadership, Public Administration, Music Performance, Music Technology, Conducting, Composition, or another area of interest

Program Contacts

Rebecca Pettit, Inquiry and Application Specialist
rrpettit@syr.edu|315.443.2956
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505
John Coggiola, Associate Professor
jccoggio@syr.edu|315.443.5896
John Coggiola