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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 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 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 also 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 teaching and learning 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.
Graduate students are expected to teach, assist in teaching, assist in student teaching observations, or assist with assessment work in the department (e.g., administering musicianship skills or pre-internship review assessments in the Music Teaching and Learning curriculum) and/or local public schools during their enrollment at Eastman. Masters students, except those in the summers-only program, will assist for at least one year; doctoral students assist for at least two years. For this service, they will receive a stipend. The department views these teaching and assessment requirements as co-curricular preparation for a career in music teaching, in that it gives students important teaching experience, professional development, and faculty mentoring around teaching.