Encourage lifelong musicianship

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Arts and Science | School of Music
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 32
  • Estimated program cost: $14,513.60*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online music education master’s degree can help you

This program is designed for general music, choral or instrumental music educators with any level of experience that are looking for professional development and career advancement. Further your practice and your career, while exploring the latest methods of research and pedagogy with leading faculty. Develop your knowledge and skill in ways that empower you to inspire your students.

Career prospects

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Average salary

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2020. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Music Teacher Education, Music Pedagogy, Conducting and Music History, Literature and Theory.

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Elementary general music teachers
  • Middle and high school band and choral directors
  • Private music instructors
  • Music directors

Program structure and topics

The online master of music with an emphasis in music education is 100 percent online: no campus visits required. Students with full-time jobs typically take one or two classes each semester, including summers, and finish the program in about three years.

Course work covers

  • Music education (15 credits)
  • Teaching practicums (4 credits)
  • Music theory and history (9 credits)
  • Research-to-practice capstone (4 credits)

Meet our faculty

Brandon A. Boyd, PhD

Assistant Professor, Choral Music Education/Choral Conducting

Wendy L. Sims, PhD

Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor & Director of Music Education

Brian A. Silvey, PhD

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands

This program is administered by the School of Music .