Master of Science in Education

  • Gain advanced skills in curriculum, pedagogy, musicianship, research methods, and topics in both music and music education. 
  • Grow in your own musicianship through courses in music history, music theory, and applied music study.
  • Nazareth College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. 
  • There are two program options, depending whether you already have teacher certification.

Program Options

  • Professional program (30 credits) is ideal for recent college graduates, teachers, or professionals with initial or provisional certification in music education who seek a master’s degree with a focus on music education.
  • Extended program (44.5 credits: minimum 30 graduate credits and 14.5 undergraduate credits, including fieldwork) is ideal for students with a bachelor’s degree in music who want initial New York state certification to teach.

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Career Information

  • Be prepared and credentialed to teach music to students from birth through grade 12. 
  • Graduates teach music in public or private schools, at colleges, or in the community as private music teachers. 
  • Benefit from connections to Nazareth alumni teaching music in schools throughout the Rochester region and professional development opportunities at Nazareth and community music workshops.

Graduate's Perspective

 “A lot of students feel they need variety in their degrees and choose to pursue graduate work elsewhere. I felt strongly that Nazareth would provide me with the best education, so I decided to continue my grad work at Naz, and the continuity and transition was seamless. Classes are in-depth, applicable, and directly related to what we need to know as teachers. Professors are still involved in our field, so their first-hand understanding of what works in a classroom was essential to our learning. We learned from experiences, not a textbook. I am well prepared because Naz stays on top of new standards, rubrics, and evaluation measures.”

Jessica Stevens ‘11, ’13G, music teacher at Sherman Elementary School in Rush-Henrietta Central School District.

What to Expect
  • Evening classes are offered during the school year to fit around teaching obligations, and summer classes are available.
  • Hybrid courses are available – part online, part on campus.
  • Complete the 30-credit professional program in one year full-time (fall, spring, and summer terms), or choose part-time.
  • Complete the 44.5-credit extended program in five semesters full-time (no summer sessions).
  • Collaborate with peers, since many of your fellow students are currently teachers.
  • Get one-on-one attention from faculty.
  • Private instruction on a primary instrument is an elective option.
  • You have the option to take a three-course elective sequence to earn a local certificate of specialization in autism.

Curriculum Examples
  • Foundations of Music Education
  • Curriculum Design in Music
  • Jazz Music 
  • Seminar in Conducting
  • Music for the Special Learner
  • Issues in Elementary Music
  • Teacher Learner Research Inquiry
  • World Music 
  • Music Theory Pedagogy

Program Requirements & Course Descriptions

Program Director

Mary C. Carlson

Mary C. Carlson

Professor/Director of Music Education in Music
Arts Center 1F

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia; M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia; B.S., Moorhead State University

Teaching and Research Interests: Instrumental music; conducting; music education; supervising student teachers.

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