Music Education - Ph.D.
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
The Ph.D. in Music Education is for students to integrate teaching, theory, and research in inquiry about music teaching and learning. Through a unique collaboration with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, emerging scholars will engage in coursework and research in areas connecting musical and educational pedagogies. Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Music Education will be those interested in preparing music teacher educators at institutions of higher learning, engagement in arts education activities, and the exploration of emerging practices in curriculum, artistic instruction, and educational thought.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
National Association of Schools of Music; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- prior degree in Music Education
- current and valid state teaching license earned from an accredited US university program
- three letters of professional and pedagogical reference
- scholarly writing sample of related discipline
- statement of philosophy for pursuit of the Ph.D. degree
- video/DVD sample of school music teaching
- minimum three years of successful teaching experience at elementary and/or secondary levels
- resume or curriculum vitae of professional musical and teaching work
- official transcript(s)
- 3.0 GPA
- committee interview with Music Education Faculty (voice, video or personal campus visit)
English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 74 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 50 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website. Effective spring 2018.
For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students demonstrate knowledge of music education research and practice relative to primary, secondary, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels through writing and oral communication.
- Students engage in research activities appropriate to doctoral and professional level practice in music education through participation in doctoral seminars, extensive reading of scholarly writings, conducting and writing independent research papers, and presentation of research at professional events.
- Students demonstrate active collegial involvement at local, national and global levels through diverse professional activities including but not limited to scholarly publications and presentations, collaborative research, and engagement with other scholars in order to share knowledge in music and related fields.
- Students communicate a comprehensive and sophisticated knowledge of music education through the lens of history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, research methodologies, advanced pedagogy, learning theories, and methods of curricular structure as needed for a career in higher education.
- Students complete a doctoral level dissertation project that requires reading, research, writing, and critical thinking skills related to contemporary music education contexts. A primary goal is to learn about the research process and add significantly to knowledge in the field, along with potential preparation for further study and professional development.
|Music Education Core|
|MUS 86001||SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION I||3|
|MUS 86002||SEMINAR IN MUSIC EDUCATION II||3|
|Choose from the following:||9|
|LEARNING THEORIES IN MUSIC|
|PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC|
|FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC EDUCATION|
|HISTORY OF MUSIC EDUCATION|
|PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC EDUCATION|
|SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC EDUCATION|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC EDUCATION|
|Choose from the following:||3|
|ADVANCED STUDIES IN SECONDARY CHORAL AND GENERAL MUSIC|
|ADVANCED STUDIES IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC|
|ADVANCED STUDIES IN GENERAL MUSIC FOR CHILDREN|
|Educational Theory Core|
|CI 77001||FUNDAMENTALS OF CURRICULUM||3|
|CI 87000||THEORY AND RESEARCH IN TEACHING||3|
|Choose from the following:||6|
|PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN TEACHING|
|THEORY AND RESEARCH IN CURRICULUM|
|FORMS OF INQUIRY IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION|
|EVAL 75510||STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES||3|
|MUS 73283||RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION||3|
|EVAL 85515||QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS AND ANALYSIS||3|
|or EVAL 85516||QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN|
|Choose from the following: 1||6|
|ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES I|
|ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES II|
|SEMINAR IN MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE|
|INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY|
|MUSIC HISTORY I|
|MUSIC HISTORY II|
|MUSIC HISTORY III|
|MUSIC HISTORY IV|
|CONDUCTING PROJECTS:CHORAL (2 or 4)|
|CONDUCTING PROJECTS:BAND (2 or 4)|
|CONDUCTING PROJECTS:ORCHESTRA (2 or 4)|
|COMPOSITION (2 or 4)|
|MUS 88199||DISSERTATION I 2||30|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||75|
Students may also elect other courses in the School of Music, with advisor approval. Note that if classes less than 3 credits are chosen, the Musical Literacy category must still meet the 6 credit required minimum.
Upon successful completion of the candidacy examination, students take a dissertation topic from the proposal stage through approval, writing, submission and an oral defense process with a faculty committee comprised of the music education advisor, one additional music education faculty member, one representative from music education or education, a member from another music discipline area or education, and an appointed graduate faculty representative.
Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for MUS 88199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter MUS 88299, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.
Minimum 75 total credit hours. The student must complete a residency requirement of 9 credit hours (minimum) each year until Qualifying Exams.
For the Ph.D. a comprehensive, qualifying, candidacy examination is taken when the student has substantially completed his/her coursework and has received the consent of the advisor committee to attempt the examination. The examination includes an extensive written section consisting of proctored and non-proctored questions, and an oral section taken before a faculty committee. Material for both written and oral sections is drawn from the coursework taken during the degree program, current professional research literature, and current topics in music education. Students who fail the candidacy examination two times will be dismissed from the doctoral program.