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Music Education - Master of Music (M.M.)

Develop a deeper understanding of music and music education, study pedagogical theory and best practices in the music classroom, examine current issues and contribute to research in K-12 Music Education.

Designed for practicing music teachers

The Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) is designed for currently licensed, practicing music teachers. This degree program can be completed 100% online, allowing you to earn an advanced music degree on your own time, while continuing your teaching career. The MMME curriculum emphasizes practical applications of music and music education content in K-12 music classrooms. Through the MMME, you will enhance your skills, improve your students' achievement and increase your earning potential.

  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • 100% Online
  • Two-year program
  • Affordable tuition
  • No GRE required




"The master’s program at Montana State University has proven to be an invaluable stepping stone toward my career goals. The program is affordable, the graduate school faculty are responsive and helpful, and the faculty expertise is top-notch!" - Alumni L.H.





Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.


Elective Opportunities
Conducting, Applied Performance Study, Composition, Music Technology and General Education courses are available online, and our ensembles and summer seminars are offered as in-person.


Learn With Flexibility 
The Master of Music in Music Education program is designed for practicing music teachers, allowing for full-time working professionals to continue their teaching careers while working toward an advanced degree.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Music Education students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • General Music Teacher
  • Band Director
  • Choir Director
  • Orchestra Director

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

The 30 credit Master of Music in Music Education includes required coursework in music, music education, and education, as well as a variety of elective options, all geared toward their contemporary application in the K-12 music classroom. At the conclusion of the degree, all students complete a major paper or project, guided by personal interest, expertise, and relevance. Learn more by visiting Music Education - Masters of Music (M.M.) - School of Music | Montana State University