BJU’s master of music education program combines convenience and flexibility with top-notch academics. Designed for practicing K-12 music teachers, the master of music education program meets you where you are—allowing you to further specialize in music education and develop your leadership potential.
With the exception of studio lessons and ensembles, all our MME courses are available online, so you’ll be able to continue serving where God has led you while you learn and apply new skills. The master of music education is designed to integrate with your current career in music education, tailored to your schedule and interests.
BJU’s master of music education program in music education explores many different facets of music education, from historical precedents to music psychology. You’ll take courses in advanced rehearsal techniques and performance literature, and explore pedagogy, curriculum design, program administration and more—all from a distinctly Christian worldview.
Throughout your entire program, you’ll interact with credentialed faculty who are passionate about your success, and they’ll provide you with realistic and constructive insights to help you further develop your skills.
This program requires 30 credits and does not lead to certification. An undergraduate degree in music education (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the MME.
Music education faculty members have all earned terminal degrees in their field and average 30 years of teaching experience. Each is active in contributing to the field as a performer, clinician and/or researcher.
Educator Professional Development Program
To encourage the continued professional improvement of Christian school leaders and teachers, BJU is pleased to offer the Educator Professional Development Program. Students who are current employees of Christian schools and have been accepted into the program are eligible for a 50% tuition discount on courses. For further information, contact financial aid.
Theresa Case, ’94
Without a doubt, the training I received and the skills I developed in my graduate studies uniquely prepared me for a career that I still enjoy today—running a large commercial music studio in beautiful Upstate South Carolina.
I chose to pursue a master of music education at BJU because I loved music and I loved teaching. What I discovered along the way is that I really loved working with people, and that I had an entrepreneurial spirit a mile wide! Going beyond an undergraduate degree into a master’s program stretched me, grew me, and focused me on what I loved, all the while helping me develop the skills I needed in order to do the job the Lord would have for me.
When I began my masters degree, I thought I was preparing to teach in a traditional classroom; but the Lord had another path in mind for me—a path that He began directing me towards even as I was pursuing my graduate degree.
I am eternally grateful for the BJU faculty members who impacted my life so profoundly—not just academically, but also spiritually. I received excellent academic training in my master’s program. More importantly, I reap the benefits still today from having godly professors who challenged me and encouraged me all along the way, and who still support and cheer me on.
I thank the Lord for the Music Education Graduate program: the classes offered are an ideal solution for professional development and advanced training from a Biblical perspective.
After having been involved in music education for fifteen years, I sensed the need to sharpen my skills and training in various areas: arranging music for the classroom, gaining a broader understanding of the history of teaching music, training music students to develop a Christian worldview in their music performance, and developing and implementing a comprehensive music program in Christian schools.
What I found in BJU’s MME program was a thorough plan to prepare the Christian Music Educator to be a leader in this field of ministry; in fact, most of the courses being offered in the MME Program were many of the specific areas in which I desired to improve my training.
Brittany Batdorf Utley
I am thankful for the wide variety of classes in the MME, which have adequately prepared me for my current teaching job.
The master of music education degree has proved to be a very rewarding experience. I had never really considered graduate school, but when I finished my bachelor’s degree in music education, the Lord clearly paved the way for me to begin graduate studies at BJU. I can honestly say that I have loved every one of my classes! Now that I am a music teacher, my coursework has been so much richer because I can immediately apply the things I’ve been learning in a teaching context.
I am also thankful for the flexibility of the online classes because I can work on schoolwork as my schedule allows. Even though I live several hundred miles away from campus, I still feel very connected to my teachers and classmates as we interact through discussion boards and emails. I have found that all my teachers, whether in the classroom or online, have been genuinely concerned with my success, not only in their classes, but in my own teaching experience.
The master of music education program at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities including:
- Teacher (music)
- Private studio teacher
- Music business owner
- College music faculty
- School music teacher
All our MME courses are available online.
The following courses are required:
- Early Childhood Music Education
- Foundational Approaches in Music Education
- Graduate Seminar in Music Education
- Music Business
- Music Curriculum
- Pedagogy Seminar
- Principles & History of Music Education
- Psychology of Music
- Testing & Research in Music Education
- Writing & Arranging for School Ensembles
3 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:
Each student will:
- Critique influential philosophies and learning theories of music education from a biblical worldview.
- Apply current research in music education to curriculum and instructional design.
- Articulate a clear vision for innovative leadership in music education.