At a Glance

Program units

33-36

Average completion time

2 years

Cost per unit

$575

Base cost

$18,975–$20,700*

Areas of Study

  • Choral
  • Instrumental

Accreditation

NASM, WASC

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.

Music Education Degree

The Master of Music Education builds upon the field experience of current teachers and educational professionals, transforming teachers who love music into music education specialists. This music education degree melds rigorous academic standards with practical classroom skills that translate into innovative K-12 programs in both private and public school settings. Equipping educators with the adaptability and commitment needed for the classroom, program requirements include core academic and music courses, and specializiation in either choral or instrumental conducting.

Program Highlights

  • Broad core of classes that address issues relevant to both instrumental and choral music education
  • Freedom to integrate faith into music education
  • Research methods, musicology, style analysis, pedagogy, and the philosophical, psychological, social, and historical foundations of music education
  • Specialized classes focused on the student's choice of instrumental or choral emphasis
  • In-depth courses on arranging, choral conducting, and choral pedagogy for those with a choral emphasis
  • In-depth courses on orchestration, instrumental conducting, and instrumental pedagogy for those with an instrumental emphasis
  • Directed research culminating in a thesis (required for completion of the degree)

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University continues to be recognized annually among the nation’s best colleges, landing in the most prestigious category of U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings (Tier One, No. 173), and being named 1 of 124 institutions in The Princeton Review’s Best Western Colleges 2014.

Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.