Music Education M.M.Ed.

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The Online Master of Music Education is designed to meet the educational and professional needs of in-service music teachers while maintaining a liberal arts focus. We prepare students to accommodate the needs of various learners and communities and provide support to enhance pedagogical and leadership skills. This is a music education specific program in which students engage in pedagogy, history, theory, research, teaching, and performance. We offer specialized courses to meet the unique needs of teachers in elementary school music education, choral music education, or instrumental music education.

Throughout the program, students will develop new curricula, engage in action and/or scholarly research, and develop new musical and/or pedagogical research that contributes to the body of knowledge and practice. In the capstone, they will select a project from one of their courses, refine it, and submit it for publication and/or presentation in appropriate venues. Students engage with in-service and pre-service teachers from many different areas, specializations, and backgrounds in a variety of music education-related courses. Courses such as Community and Philosophical Music Perspectives and American Music and Politics are specifically designed to challenge preconceived notions of the role music education plays in society. This expansion of thought contributes to our student’s preparation for the profession. Graduates from this program are prepared to become policy makers and mentors in music teaching.

There are no residency requirements in this distance-learning program. This program requires 30 hours of course study, publication or presentation of a capstone project, and a comprehensive exam.

Degree Requirements

Music Graduate Degree Programs Handbook 2023-2024

MME Application Procedures

1.    GCSU Graduate Application


2.    Transcript(s): Official copies of all transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate institutions should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Transcripts must show a baccalaureate degree (3.0 GPA) in music education. Other bachelor degrees in music may be considered but may require additional coursework. Applicants with lower than a 2.5 GPA in music courses may gain provisional admission. (Students with provisional status are ineligible for financial aid.) Earning at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester will result in movement to regular admission status. 

3.    References: Three references from persons outside the university who can describe the candidate's ability to work with music learners and/or candidate’s potential as a graduate student. 

4.    Resume/Curriculum Vita: A brief account of your education, experience, activities/skills, etc. 

5.    500 Word Applicant Statement: This statement should include professional and personal strengths and weaknesses, significant professional experiences, and any other information you think important. You may use the questions below to guide your efforts.

  •         Why are you pursuing a MME?
  •         What do you hope to gain from the experience?
  •         Describe professional experiences or achievements. 
  •         What areas do you wish to explore?
  •         What areas do you hope to improve?

6.    Test Scores: choose one or more of the following to submit.

  • GACE music assessments or Praxis II Music test scores or any music specific tests for certification.
  • GRE scores: For all applicants, there is no minimum required combined score, but it is recommended that the combined GRE score (i.e. the Verbal section score plus Quantitative section score) be above 1000.
  • Valid, renewable Georgia teaching certificate

7.    Interview with the Graduate Coordinator regarding your education and philosophy of music education.

Admission to the Georgia College MME program is determined as a result of a comprehensive file review process involving a number of review criteria.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are offered to departments with graduate degree programs, as well as to other administrative offices.


All application items should be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to the Graduate Admissions Office:

Campus Box 107
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Toll Free: 800-342-0471 (in GA)
Phone: (478) 445-6289
Fax: (478) 445-1336