Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Music, M.Mu. - Music Education Concentration

Additional Admissions Requirements

Each applicant should (1) have either a teaching certificate in music from the state of Georgia or an equivalent certificate, or be eligible to receive such certification, and (2) have concurrent or prior teaching experience of at least one year.

Concentration Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

Required Course

Music Education Course Selection I

Select Three Credit Hours. Course requires a B or higher.

Music Education Course Selection II

Select Three Credit Hours. Course requires B or higher.

Music Education Course Selection III

Select Three Credit Hours. Course requires B or higher.

Music History

One 8000-Level Course in Music History 3 Credit Hours

Music Theory

One Graduate-Level Course in Music Theory:

Music Electives

One Graduate-Level Elective Course in Music 3 Credit Hours

Research or Pedagogy Project in Music Education (4 Credit Hours)

These four credit hours are to be taken concurrently. Research projects (MUS 7300 ) must be focused on the application of research in music education. The practicum option (MUS 8950 ) is open only to those currently employed as music teachers. Formal presentation of the project or analysis of the practicum (MUS 8900 ) may take a number of forms, including a paper, a presentation, or a workshop for teachers.

Course requires a B or higher. 

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination in Music Education will take the form of a cumulative paper and portfolio.

  • CUMULATIVE PAPER AND PORTFOLIO: Students are required to fulfill two parameters during the final semester of coursework toward the Music Education. These comprise the presentation of a cumulative paper and cumulative portfolio.
  • CUMULATIVE PAPER: The cumulative paper will be a research paper of substantial scope and length. The cumulative paper will be developed with faculty guidance throughout a student’s tenure at GSU. The paper may (or may not) involve a research project overseen by the university’s Institutional Review Board. The cumulative paper will be presented to the review committee in written form one month prior to an oral defense. The defense will consist of a research poster presentation, a PowerPoint-based overview of the content, and responses to questions from the review committee.
  • CUMULATIVE PORTFOLIO: The portfolio will be evaluated by the review committee at the time of the cumulative paper presentation. The portfolio should consist of at least seven sections: one section of each of the four core courses (MUS 7400 , MUS 7590 , MUS 8240 , and MUS 8260 ), one section for the primary methods course, one section for the Research or Pedagogy Project, and one section for the courses in Musical Studies. Each section should include at least one paper (or substantive project not limited to print form) that demonstrates substantial learning. The opening pages of the portfolio should include the student’s current resume, a list of professional development activities undertaken during the course of study (conferences attended, workshops given, articles written, etc.), and a 1500 word (minimum) statement about how the specific contents of the portfolio demonstrate both the breadth and depth of learning during the course of study.