Graduate student music education majors choose between degree programs in the division of professional studies (Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts) and the division of research studies (Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy). These degree programs offer many options for professional development in music education. The MM and the DMA programs provide students with a music education degree that has a strong performance component. Admission to these programs requires a successful instrumental or vocal audition. The MA and the PhD degree programs emphasize research, and do not require an audition for admission.
The MM and MA degrees in music education are the only programs at Eastman that offer the option of Summers-Only Study. Practicing music teachers from around the country gather in Rochester during the summers and pursue graduate work with Eastman’s distinguished faculty.
Full time MM and MA students may pursue music teacher certification in New York State.
Graduate awards offered in the music education department include departmental assistantships and assistantships for classroom teachers of music education techniques (instrumental and vocal). Applicants may qualify for awards outside of the department as well. (Not all awards are available each year.)
The department numbers approximately 80 undergraduates and 50 graduates.