Summer Graduate Music Session

July 2-August 3, 2018

The School of Music educates excellent teachers through a program that fosters professional success at the highest level. Broaden your knowledge of contemporary trends in music education and refine your teaching skills through research, reflection, and interaction with leaders in the field. Receive one-on-one faculty mentoring, and work with some of the top music professors in the world.

The master’s degree in music education leads to permanent certification in New York State and in all other states that accept this certification. The capstone experience includes a teaching demonstration and submission of a process portfolio created during your coursework. The degree can be completed in three summers.


  • A series of core classes that focus on pedagogy, research and philosophical foundations, as well as contemporary educational issues, methodology, and resources;
  • A rich offering of music elective courses, some of which rotate in a three-year cycle and others of which are special offerings. Select from a wide range of topics, including curriculum development, music technology, special learners, multicultural music, and administration and supervision;
  • A valuable opportunity for two summers of one-on-one mentoring by one of our widely recognized faculty members.

Application Procedures & Deadlines for New Degree Students
Students who wish to receive full consideration for admission to the summer master’s program in music education, as well as students who would like to be considered for an assistantship must apply by April 1.

Musicianship may be demonstrated by performing a live audition, submitting a video or audio recorded audition, or submitting a recording of a previous solo performance. Applicants may also submit a video recording of conducting performance (available only with permission of the performance area faculty member).
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Graduate assistantships for the summer master’s program in music education are partial awards that cover approximately three credits of tuition. These awards are renewable for up to three consecutive summers, providing the recipient enrolls in at least six credits each summer and remains in good academic standing.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis based on audition results, undergraduate academic record, and previous experience. Graduate assistants work six hours each week. Duties typically include assisting faculty members with research or clerical work.

Course Registration
In order to take courses in the summer graduate music session, students must be admitted into the summer master's degree program in music education, except by permission of the graduate chair, Les Black.

Continuing students register for courses using HomerConnect, after discussing plans with their advisor. However, students do not need to be advised before registering for workshops. The student financial services office will bill students for courses in the five-week session.

Housing for Graduate Music Session Students
Housing costs are listed below. If you wish to book on campus housing, please CLICK HERE to go to Events Services. This link will take you to a page with a form to complete. After completing the form, click the link at the bottom of the page to go to the payment site where you can use your credit card.

Rates for Summer 2018:

Emerson residence hall double: $240 per week
Emerson residence hall single: $290 per week

Emerson Hall rooms are air conditioned and have private bathrooms.

Graduate Music Workshops
We offer a number of graduate music workshops, of which up to five credits can be used toward the completion of a master’s degree. Space is limited for all workshops. We recommend that interested candidates register early. Payment for workshops is expected at the time of registration. Housing is available to workshop participants from Sunday, June 24 through Saturday, June 30, 2018. Visit the "graduate music workshops" portion of this website for details.