Music Education (MMus)

In addition to the University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies' requirements for master’s degrees, the School of Music and Dance has the following requirements. For additional information, contact the music graduate office or consult the Info for Grad Students webpage.

A minimum of 9 credits must be taken in 600- or 700-level courses and at least one-half of the required credits must be in courses intended for graduate students only. Degree candidates must complete a terminal project (e.g., recital, thesis, project), all of which must be archived in one of the following locations: Music Services in Knight Library, Scholars’ Bank, ProQuest, or Cykler Music Education Library.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced competencies in music education. Studies in this area comprise as much as two-thirds or at least one-third of the total curriculum.
  • Gain knowledge and skills in one or more fields of music outside the major such as performance, conducting, theory and analysis, and history and literature. Such supportive studies in music that broaden and deepen musical competence comprise at least one-third of the total curriculum. To ensure breadth of competence, it is strongly recommended that institutions require at least one advanced course in music history, musicology, or ethnomusicology; one in performance; and one in music theory analysis.
  • Develop graduate-level perspectives on contemporary issues and problems in music education. This may include a review of curriculum developments, teaching methodology, innovations, and multidisciplinary concepts in advanced seminars or by other means.

Master of Music in Music Education Requirements

Candidates are required to establish an area of emphasis among the following:

  • Choral music education (voice and piano must be used)

  • Elementary general music education (voice and piano must be used)

  • Instrumental music education: band (traditional wind or percussion instruments must be used)

  • Instrumental music education: orchestra (violin, viola, cello, or double bass must be used)

MUE 532Music in School and Society3
MUE 538Curricular Strategies in Music Education3
MUE 612Quantitative Research in Music Education3
MUE 649History of Western Music Education3
Music in Historic Era - Select one of the following:3
Music in the Middle Ages
Music in the Renaissance
Music in the Baroque Era
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Era
Music in the 20th Century
Music Performance Studies6
Music Performance Studies: [Topic]
500-level or above music theory, musicology, or ethnomusicology course3-4
500-level or above music education courses in area of emphasis12
Electives at the 500- or 600-level 16
Ensemble, three terms3-6
Thesis/Project - Select one of the following:6-9
Thesis (and oral examination - 9 credits)
Research: [Topic] (and oral examination - 6 credits)
Final Oral Examination 2
Total Credits51-58

Additional Requirements

As needed, courses in expository writing.

Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Music Theory Courses

MUS 528Cultures of Musical Celebrity3
MUS 551Introduction to Ethnomusicology4
MUS 552Musical Instruments of the World4
MUS 562Popular Musics in the African Diaspora4
MUS 575History of Opera4
MUS 587Music and Emotion4
MUS 614Introduction to Musicology4
MUS 643Notation of Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUS 660Music in the Middle Ages3
MUS 661Music in the Renaissance3
MUS 662Music in the Baroque Era3
MUS 663Music in the Classical Period3
MUS 664Music in the Romantic Era3
MUS 665Music in the 20th Century3
MUS 670Graduate Seminar in Musicology: [Topic]4
MUS 671Seminar in Ethnomusicology: [Topic]4
MUS 680Historical Performance Practices I3
MUS 681Historical Performance Practices II3
MUS 682Historical Performance Practices III3
MUS 683Rhetoric and Music4
MUS 684Musical Iconography4
MUS 516Post-Tonal Theory I3
MUS 517Post-Tonal Theory II3
MUS 530Tonal Analysis: Linear Prolongational Analysis3
MUS 531Tonal Analysis: Form in Tonal Music3
MUS 532Tonal Analysis: Analysis of Popular Music3
MUS 533Counterpoint4
MUS 534Counterpoint4
MUS 535Counterpoint4
MUS 615Current Trends in Music Theory3
MUS 629Repertoire and Analysis3
MUS 630History of Theory I3
MUS 631History of Theory II3
MUS 632History of Theory III3
MUS 634Advanced Post-Tonal Theory3