In today's professional climate, Mason can boast nearly a 100% placement rate for our music education graduates.
Providing a high-quality education is key to our mission at Mason, and our online courses are designed and taught by experienced Mason faculty who are well-versed in the areas of teaching and scholarship.
Here at Mason, 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.
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
If you would like more in-depth information about the program, email Dr. Charles Ciorba, the program director, to set up an online meeting.
The Advantages of Studying Online
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.
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
- 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.