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The UNCG Music Education program is one of the premiere programs in the United States. In the Master of Music in Music Education program, world-class faculty who are master teachers and researchers will guide you as you further your education. The Music Education faculty believe that everyone should have access to music instruction. We strive to create a variety of music teaching and learning opportunities for our students. Our MM program can be completed at our main campus and online to meet the needs of practicing K-12 music teachers.

The UNCG School of Music has long been recognized as a top U.S. music institution and has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938. UNCG’s MM in Music Education is the oldest in the UNC system and ranked 4th Best Online Master’s in Music Education by Also, for the second consecutive year, UNC Greensboro School of Music ranks No. 1 in North Carolina for value by College Factual.

The Master of Music in Music Education provides students with opportunities to deepen their understanding of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and cultural aspects of music education; increase their knowledge and skill in music teaching and learning; and further develop their dispositions as reflective practitioners and mentors. Students will acquire a fundamental knowledge of research techniques and scholarly writing standards, and learn how to apply these to their work as teachers.

The most successful candidates for this program have one or more of the following:

  1. a bachelor’s degree in music education
  2. music teaching experience
  3. have or are eligible for teacher licensure.

Program Overview

The Master of Music in Music Education is offered in two modes of delivery: a Greensboro Main Campus program and a UNCG Online program. In both modes of delivery, the degree requires 32 credits or semester hours. During the final semester of the Masters program, Music Education students must complete a capstone project that demonstrates advanced competencies.

Coursework is divided into:

  • Music Research and Music Studies Core (6 credits)
  • Professional Music Education Core (15 credits)
  • Electives (9 credits)
  • Portfolio/Capstone Project (2 credits).

Visit the Graduate Catalog for a more detailed listing of the program requirements.


Advanced Licensure in Music (M Licensure) is available upon successful completion of the degree program. To qualify for this Licensure, the candidate must have Initial Licensure and three or more years of teaching experience. This degree does not lead to Initial Licensure, cannot be completed with Initial Licensure, and is not a Residency Licensure program.

Greensboro Main Campus Program

The Greensboro Main Campus program is designed for students wishing to further their education in a primarily face-to-face program. Students may attend classes at the UNCG campus part-time or full-time. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students interested in full-time study are eligible for consideration for a teaching assistantship, and should indicate such in their application. For full consideration of a teaching assistantship, scholarship, and/or fellowship, please apply by January 15.

UNCG Online Program

The UNCG Online program is designed to meet the needs of practicing public school teachers wishing to further their education without leaving their classroom, and therefore is a primarily Summer program. Students can complete the program over three summer sessions that are coordinated with the public school schedule. Students will also take one course during a fall or spring semester and enroll for their capstone project in a fall and/or spring semester.

Completion of the UNCG Online program involves:

  • Three summer sessions
  • Enrollment in two portfolio development projects (Fall or Spring semester)
  • One course offered online (Fall or Spring semester)
  • Allows for continuous registration
  • Sample program below
Summer I Fall I Summer II Spring II Summer III
MUE 601 692a MUE 605 MUE 632 MUE 627
MUE 639 MUE 633 MUE 692b MUE 653
MUE 650 MUE 634 MUS 674

Admissions Process

Admission is a multi-step process. Application materials are submitted through The Graduate School at UNCG. Admission is a multi-step process. Upon receipt of a complete application, the Music Education Faculty will review the application and make an admission decision. Applicants interested in full-time study in the Greensboro Main Campus option and a teaching assistantship may be invited for a campus visit prior to an admission decision. Once an admissions decision is made, it is  submitted to The Graduate School, which informs students of their official admission status. The application consists of the following:

  • Application
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts


  • Summer Admission: May 15
  • Fall Admission: May 15
  • Spring Admission: October 1


Program Features

  • Best program for Full-Time Professionals by
  • UNCG’s MM in Music Education is the oldest in the UNC system and is accredited by NASM and CAEP.
  • Students in the program receive guidance necessary for developing a portfolio for National Board Certification (NBPTS) in Music and may be eligible for North Carolina Advanced Teaching Licensure (M) in Music upon graduation.
  • Among 36 master’s programs in music education, ranked 4th Best Online Master’s in Music Education by
  • UNC Greensboro’s School of Music has long been recognized as a top U.S. music institution. It has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938.


For more information contact: Dr. Tami Draves at [email protected] or 336.298.2098.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Master of Music (MM) – Music Education. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice.

You should contact Jennifer Walter at [email protected] (opens in new window) or 336-543-0259 with any questions regarding these data.