2017-18 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Master of Music Education


The master of Music Education (MME) is designed for teachers of elementary and secondary music or for persons who have completed teacher preparation programs in music.  The program offers candidates the opportunity:

1:  to further develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music and the teaching of music;

2.  to study and research teaching techniques which will enrich and stimulate their growth as music educators;

3.  to develop a greater collegiality with, and an awareness of, the music education profession as well as the various constituents and philosophies it represents.

The MME, while designed to enhance the continuing education of music educators, is also structured to prepare students to continue their graduate studies beyond the level of the master’s degree.  It consists of three primary components:  (1) Major Area (Music Education), (2) Other Studies (Music and Professional Education), and, (3) Electives.

The Major Area component involves the study and research of music education from the historical, philosophical, sociological, and functional perspectives.  The culmination of this area is the final research project.

The Other Studies component is divided into two sections:  (A) Music Courses, which includes the study of advanced theoretical and analytical techniques, the study of the music history and literature, and world music, (B) Professional Education Courses, which students may apply to their programs of study.

The Elective component is designed to allow the student some latitude in selecting particular courses of interest as a part of his/her program of study.  All choices in this area are subject to the availability of scheduling and the approval of the student’s graduate committee.

Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Mission:  To provide a breadth of competence with a broad range of knowledge, skills, and perspectives which will advance the practicing music educator as a researcher, scholar, and master teacher.

Goals:  The Master of Music Education student continues the development of

1.  Individual talent, interests, and philosophies, used creatively both to preserve and extend cultural heritage.

2.  Scholarly and professional competence in the organization, interpretation, and evaluation of knowledge.

3.  Professional competence in verbal and written communication and dissemination of knowledge.

4.  Individual potential to discover, formulate, and address contemporary issues in various aspects of music, and to define, explore, and address new questions and issues.

Student Learning Outcomes:  The Master of Music Education student will

1.  Develop advanced capacities to work independently.

2.  Make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in music education.

3.  Demonstrate professional competence before peers and faculty.

4.  Complete a final project reviewed by more than one faculty member.

Admission Standards

1.  Completion of all admission requirements of the Graduate School at Minot State University.

2.  Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a major in Music, Music Education or a program with comparable certification.

3.  Minimum undergraduate GPA:  2.75 cumulative and 3.00 cumulative within major.

4.  Statement of Purpose.

5.  Three letters of recommendation.

6.  Entrance Interview with the Music Graduate Committee.

Required Courses18
Research in Music Education
Designing and Interpreting Education Research/Quantitative
and Designing & Interpreting Ed Research/Qualitative
Musical Style and Performance
Graduate Music Theory
Critical Issues in Music Educ.
Curr Dev for the Music Clsm
Music Education Seminars
Capstone Project
Choose one (1) of the following courses3
Advanced Music Methods Training
Graduate Conducting
Choose two (2) semester hours from the following Approved elective credits are repeatable2
Independent Study
Private Conducting
Private Lessons-Percussion
Private Lessons-Piano
Private Lessons-Voice
Private Lessons-Strings
Private Lessons-Brass
Private Lessons-Woodwinds
Choose three (3) semester hours from the following Other electives can substitute with program director approval3
Graduate Music Seminar
Statistics I
Total Hours26


Program Coordinator

Dr. Jon Rumney


Dr. Erik Anderson

Dr. DeVera Bowles

Dr. Jon Rumney

Assistant professors

Dr. Dianna Anderson

Dr. James Fusik

Dr. Rebecca Petrik

Dr. David Rolandson

Dr. Carlos Viera