N O R T H W E S T E R N U N I V E R S I T Y
Master of Music in Music Education
Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
Music education at the Bienen School of Music has a long and distinguished tradition. Graduate students study
directly with faculty members who are noted for their teaching, research and leadership in the ﬁeld. Through
coursework in music education and other areas in the school, graduate students develop a comprehensive orientation to
guide their work in elementary and secondary school settings. After completing master’s study, many of our graduates
pursue advanced degrees or professional roles in research, conducting, pedagogy, or administration.
There are three types of degree programs offered at Northwestern University: MM in Music Education, MM in
Music Education with Certiﬁcation, and the Four-Summer MM in Music Education.
MM in Music Education MM in Music Education The Four-Summer MM in
with Certiﬁcation Music Education Program
The foundation of the MM curriculum is
a core of four courses in the philosophy Students who do not already hold The four-summer MM allows music
of music education, curriculum teaching certiﬁcation may obtain it by teachers who already hold teaching
development, research methods, and completing the program requirements certiﬁcation to complete a graduate
technology. You will also select two for the MM in Music Education in program in four consecutive summers.
courses as your primary area of teaching addition to course work that leads to Many program participants tell us that
emphasis (instrumental, choral, general certiﬁcation in the state of Illinois. This they appreciate the opportunity to
music, or other areas). The program includes methods classes, appropriate obtain a high quality master’s degree
allows for ﬂexibility to choose six ﬁeld experiences, and at least a quarter while still holding their academic-year
additional units of electives taken from of full-time student teaching. The MM teaching positions.
a broad realm of courses in music with certiﬁcation program generally
education, music theory, musicology, The curricular requirements are the
requires two years of full-time study,
music cognition, music technology, and same as those for the MM in Music
including one quarter of student
other closely related ﬁelds. We also Education participants. Graduate
teaching during the academic year.
require that students participate in students typically take three courses
Therefore, it is not available to students
ensembles throughout their program. each summer in addition to
in the four-summer master’s program.
This one-year program is open to those participating in the summer ensembles.
Northwestern does not offer a
who are already certiﬁed to teach. certiﬁcation-only program.
Carlos Abril Maud Hickey
Janet R. Barrett James Kjelland
Robert Boyd Peter R. Webster
Faculty portraits for music education can be found on the Bienen School of Music web site by
selecting the ﬁrst letter of the faculty member’s last name.
MM in Music Education
N O R T H W E S T E R N U N I V E R S I T Y
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible to apply for graduate submit a video to demonstrate
study in music education? how you interact with students
in this setting. If working with
A: Admission to graduate study in
students is not possible, you
music at the Bienen School of Music
should submit a short statement
requires a bachelor of music degree
to describe inﬂuences on your
or its equivalent in an appropriate
decision to teach and the kind of
ﬁeld. Q: Is it possible to complete a double Students interested in Music
teacher you intend to become. Dr.
major? Education and Piano Pedagogy
Q: What are the speciﬁc admission Hickey or Dr. Barrett (see below) can
must follow admission requirements
help you tailor this admission A: Students may combine the music
requirements for the MM in Music for both the Music Education
requirement to your particular education master’s degree with a
Education degree program? program (see above link), and the
circumstances. master’s program in another area
A: Applicants must submit an Piano Performance and Pedagogy
within the School of Music (such as
admission essay, a videotape or program: http://
Q: How do I set up an interview? Can I conducting or performance) to
DVD of teaching and musicianship, www.music.northwestern.edu/
visit campus? pursue a degree with two majors or
a resume, and two letters of programs/pianopedagogy.html
emphases. Students must meet the
A: An interview is required for
recommendation. An interview is requirements for admission of both
admission. Interviews can be Q: Is a thesis required?
also required. Speciﬁc details can be programs. Double majors require
conducted by phone or in person if
found by following this link: http:// additional quarters of study. See the A: A thesis is not required as part of
you plan to visit campus. We can
music.northwestern.edu/ School of Music web site for speciﬁc the MM in Music Education
suggest classes for you to observe as
programs/ admission requirements: http:// program. In place of a thesis, the
well. Once you have submitted your
musiced.html#MMMusEd www.music.northwestern.edu/ capstone requirements for the
application, contact Dr. Hickey or
programs/ program include an oral exam,
Q: Is an audition required? Can I take Dr. Barrett to schedule a time for
teaching demonstration, and a
lessons on my major instrument or your interview or arrange a visit.
Q: Are there other combined programs? portfolio, which includes three
voice? (See e-mail address below.)
domain projects demonstrating your
A: The Music Education and String
A: An audition is not required for understanding of music theory,
Q: When are deadlines and when are Pedagogy degree is intended for
admission to the MM in Music music history, and a scholarly area
students admitted to the program? applicants who have already earned
Education program. However, if you of your choice, with corresponding
public school teaching certiﬁcation.
A: The deadline for fall admission is applications to teaching.
wish to take lessons as an elective Applicants to this program must
December 1 of the preceding year.
for your program of study, an fulﬁll all admission and audition
Applications must be postmarked Q: Is ﬁnancial aid available?
audition is required once you arrive requirements for both Music
by that date. The deadline for the
on campus. Education and String Performance A: Financial aid is available for
summer program is April 1 for
and Pedagogy. All String students enrolled during the
Q: I cannot submit a video of teaching admission the same year. See the
Performance and Pedagogy academic year only. Eligible
because I have not taught yet. What School of Music web site for the
applicants must complete a students in the summer program
should I do? most current admission deadlines.
performance audition. Please see the may qualify for federal loan
Northwestern follows a quarter
A: The purpose of the teaching following links for speciﬁc assistance. Please see the following
system. The fall term begins in mid-
video is to give faculty reviewers an requirements. link for more speciﬁc information on
September; the summer session
idea of your accomplishments in starts around the third week of June String Performance and Pedagogy: graduate ﬁnancial aid: http://
teaching, as well as your potential. If and ﬁnishes by the end of July or www.music.northwestern.edu/
you have access to students in an http://
ﬁrst of August. admission/ﬁnaid-grad.html
informal setting, such as private www.music.northwestern.edu/
lessons, a community group, or programs/stringpedagogy.html
small group sectionals, you can
For questions about the admissions process, ﬁnancial aid, or deadlines, contact the Music
Admissions Ofﬁce at email@example.com, 847-491-3141.
For questions about speciﬁc program requirements, the curriculum, or to set up an interview,
contact Dr. Maud Hickey for the academic year/MM with Cert programs at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 847-467-4726 or Dr. Janet Barrett at j-
email@example.com, 847-467-1258 regarding the summer program.
For questions about the summer schedule or summer housing, call 47-491-7485.
MM in Music Education