At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

2 years

Cost per unit


Base cost


Areas of Study

  • Choral
  • Instrumental



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

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

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 specialization 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 secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.