Online and Online/Hybrid Master's in Music Education

An Important Announcement for all Graduate Music Education Students Enrolled in the Summer Music Studies/MM Program at the University of the Arts. 

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University would like to help all Graduate Music Education Students enrolled in the Summer Music Studies/MM Program at the University of the Arts through this difficult time.

We invite you to apply to our Online and Online Hybrid Master of Music Education Degree, where we could accept up to 24 official transfer credits (a minimum of six credits needs to be earned at George Mason University).

This is a limited one-time opportunity arranged for graduate music education students who enrolled in the Summer Music Studies/MM program at the University of the Arts.

  • George Mason University offers a variety of flexible and innovative online options for music educators who are wishing to complete their master’s degree.
  • No Placement Exams Required for entrance to the degree program.
  • In state and out of state students pay the same tuition rate.

As teachers, musicians, and scholars, we know how important it is for all of you to complete your graduate degrees in a timely manner. We would like to make your educational transition as seamless as possible and we are now accepting applications.

Applications can be approved as early as this summer for Fall 2024.

For more information, please contact Dr. Charles Ciorba at

In today's professional climate, George Mason University can boast nearly a 100% placement rate for our music education graduates.

Providing a high-quality education is key to our mission at George Mason, and our online courses are designed and taught by experienced George Mason faculty who are well-versed in the areas of teaching and scholarship.

We are dedicated to providing academic choices for today's music educators, and our graduate program offers full online degrees with thesis and non-thesis options. Hybrid options include the same high-quality online courses combined with on campus Orff and Kodaly coursework offered during the summer semesters.

Watch videos below of a Day in the Life of Online Master's Students

Online and Online Hybrid Master's of Music Education Degree

Hybrid Online Master's of Music Education Degree: Orff Option

Hybrid Online Master's Degree of Education: Kodály Option 

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New for 2024!
Online Hybrid Master's Degree in Music Education Jazz Intensive
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Xavier Perez, Jazz Saxophone
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Shawn Purcell, Jazz Guitar

The Jazz and Music Education areas have combined to create an innovative degree designed for music educators who wish to develop and strengthen their jazz pedagogy knowledge. Students participate in the on campus “Jazz Intensive” (one week workshop) for three summers. The remaining coursework is completed online and includes the standard graduate music education curriculum, in addition to courses in Jazz Pedagogy, Teaching Improvisation, and more! Improve your teaching, develop your jazz pedagogy, and strengthen your playing!

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Victor Provost, Steel Pan
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John Kocur, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
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Graham Breedlove, Jazz Trumpet

We offer maximum flexibility, which allows you to complete the degree at your own pace. The choice is yours!

Degree Options Include:

  • Online Master’s Degree: Non-Thesis Option
  • Online Master’s Degree: Thesis Option
  • Hybrid Online Master’s Degree: Kodaly Option
  • Hybrid Online Master’s Degree: Orff Option
  • Hybrid Online Master's Degree: Jazz Intensive


If you would like more in-depth information about the program, email Dr. Charles Ciorba, the program director, to set up an online meeting.

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No Placement Exams Required
for entrance to the degree program
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No Exit Exam Required
for graduation.

The Advantages of Studying Online

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Designed for working professionals

The Online Master of Music in Music Education is designed for busy working professionals.

You can pursue the program at the pace that makes the most sense for you and your life. This 30-credit program offers two fully online degree options (thesis and non-thesis), and two hybrid options which offer specialization in Kodaly or Orff methodology.

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Cost Savings
In-state tuition regardless of location

This program is designed to offer our students the best value, no matter where they are in the United States or abroad. In-State and Out-of-State students pay the same tuition rate. For more information on tuition, please visit the Student Accounts Office.


When applying for the online or online/hybrid Master's degree in Music Education, be sure to choose the MOL (Master's Online) option.


Once students near the completion of the program, they will be required to submit a comprehensive electronic portfolio for final examination. Each portfolio will include a collection of student selected artifacts, as a reflection of their best work. Students will have the opportunity to (a) reflect on their growth over time and (b) determine how to apply their newly established knowledge in the classroom. This process will allow students to apply higher level understanding/thinking skills when considering the teaching and learning process.

Each portfolio will include:

  • An introductory two-page (minimum) statement explaining how the portfolio items will be applied to the student’s daily teaching.
  • A numbered and printed list of works submitted (including the student’s name and the title of the course in which the items were created).
  • 10-15 examples of the work completed during the student’s time in the online program.
  • Each portfolio will contain a variety of student work, including at least one artifact from each of the following areas:
    • Aesthetics (Philosophy) of Music
    • Psychology of Music
    • Research
    • Music History and Literature
    • Music Theory
    • Elective Coursework
    • Orff Coursework (Orff hybrid students only)
    • Kodaly Coursework (Kodaly hybrid students only)
  • Portfolio Assessment
    • Two faculty members, each representing different areas of expertise (e.g., Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Theory), will assess each portfolio in a uniform and empirical manner.

What Do Our Online Graduates Have to Say?

Emily Goin, Online Master's Alumnus (2023)

“Pursuing my Master of Music Education degree at George Mason has been nothing short of incredible! As a teacher, I wanted a program that would balance challenging me and being manageable to keep up with while I am teaching full-time. This program has done just that. The coursework enlightens my current teaching practices and engages me in thoughtful conversations with George Mason faculty and fellow educators. The professors do a great job at honoring your commitment to current full-time teaching while furthering your education at the same time. I highly recommend to all music educators looking to take the next step in their career.”


Emily Goin, Henrico County Public Schools

Daniel Tilman, Online Master's Alumnus (2022)

"The online master’s degree program has provided me with the opportunity to think outside of typical day to day teaching responsibilities and consider the big picture. I’m more confident creating long term goals and incorporating best practices for student participation."


Daniel Tilman, Fairfax County Public Schools

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David Webb, Online Master's Alumnus (2022)

“George Mason University's Online Master of Music Education program was ideal for me---the flexibility of scheduling and pacing made it possible for me to pursue my degree while continuing to teach full-time and serve as an officer in our state's Band & Orchestra Directors' Association. The coursework was challenging, stimulating, and informative, but also manageable in balance with my other responsibilities. I was able to complete all requirements for my master's degree within 28 months. I highly recommend this program for any working teacher!” 


David Webb, Director of Bands, Jefferson Forest High School