Submission and Interview Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music Education degree program is through successful completion of: (1) purpose and philosophy statements and (2) program admission interview with John Burdett, EdD, director of graduate music education.

  1. Following the prompts below, answer the questions in 4-6 double-spaced pages and send the Statement of Purpose and Statement of Philosophy responses directly to John Burdett at
    • Statement of Purpose. Answer the following questions in 2-3 pages: Why are you pursuing graduate study in music education? How have your previous experiences in music education prepared you for graduate study? What excites you about the nature of music learning? In what aspect of music learning would you like to focus during your graduate study?
    • Statement of Philosophy: Answer the following questions in 2-3 pages: What is music? What is music good for? Why is music worth learning? Why is music worth learning in school? Who should learn music?
  2. Schedule the program admission interview by contacting the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or This interview may be completed in person or through videoconference.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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