Music Education

University of Montana Master of Music with an emphasis in Music Education

This degree may be completed fully online or blended (i.e. hybrid of both face-to-face and fully online coursework). Students may choose to complete a thesis or project, or complete a non-thesis/project option with additional credits required (details below)


Core Courses (12 credits)

All courses taught via online/distance-learning instruction:

MUSI 520             Research in Music (2 credits)

MUSE 521            Psychology of Music (2 credits)

MUSE 522            Philosophy of Music (2 credits)

MUSI 554             Analytical Techniques I (3 credits)

MUSI 555             Analytical Techniques II (3 credits)


Applied Study (7 credits)

Online/Distance-Learning Option: Courses may be satisfied online via video-conference. Students may also take equivalent coursework in their area of residence (e.g. ensemble participation nearer to where they currently reside). Please contact your major advisor to arrange.

MUSI 500             Performance Study (2 credits)

Note. Can substitute MUSI 551 Applied Study (2 credits) for MUSI 500.

MUSI 511             Advanced Conducting (2 credits)

Ensemble Participation (3 credits)


Music History/Literature (3 credits)

Any music history/literature course 400-level or higher with major advisor approval.


Additional Studies in Music (5 credits)

Any music courses 400-level or higher with major advisor approval


Electives (2 credits)

Any course 400-level or higher with major advisor approval (May be non-music courses).


Thesis/Project (4 credits) or Non-Thesis/Project option (10 credits)

THESIS/PROJECT - CHOOSE ONE (each course is 4 credits):

MUSI 599             Thesis
MUSI 593             Professional Project

NON-THESIS/PROJECT (10 credits):

These remaining 10 credits may be directed towards courses directly relating to the student’s interests. Students should note the following when choosing courses:

Six (6) credits must be music courses. These may be similar to courses that would be appropriate to the “Additional Studies in Music” category above.

The remaining four (4) credits of coursework may serve as additional electives and be in any related field. 

Please consult with your major advisor in the selection of these courses.





Courses not exclusively offered online can be requested as an online version (e.g. video-conference lessons in Applied Study). Please consult your major advisor.


Additional Studies in Music and Electives are chosen in consultation with the major advisor and may include a limited number of Music Education Workshops, ordinarily offered during Summer Session. Potential courses: courses from the Creative Pulse program (using MUSE course numbers), MUSI 491 Special Topics in Music, Graduate-level courses from the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education. There may be other possibilities. Please contact your major advisor to discuss potential course choices for these categories.


Independent Study or Special Topics courses may be substituted for any courses within Applied Study and Music History/Literature with the approval of the major advisor and the faculty member directing the independent study or teaching the special topics course.


At least 50% of the total program (excluding 3 credits of required ensemble participation) must be graduate (500-600) level.


A Final Defense is required of all students enrolled in this degree program. The Final Defense meeting can include a discussion of the student’s completed thesis/professional project and/or the student’s coursework. Students should consult their major advisor early in their degree program to begin the discussion of this meeting, including how a committee is formed. This meeting can be completed in-person or via video-conference.


Consult the Graduate School website for additional graduation requirements and procedures. Contact your major advisor with additional questions.