Master's Degree in Music Education

Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music

Degree: Master of Music
Major: Music
Concentration: Education
Hours: 30

Master of Music - Music

Delivery Options:

Degree Description

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University offers a Master of Music Degree with a concentration in Music Education. This degree allows you, as a music performer or educator, to advance your own musicianship and to develop new concepts that may be applied to your particular field. Your graduate studies in music are optimized at LU as you work closely with faculty, ensembles and individual students, taking part in performance and teaching opportunities that only a music department of this size and a faculty of such outstanding caliber can offer.

Watch the faculty interview with Department Chair Brian Shook to learn more about this program and the Department of Music.

Why Study Music Education at Lamar?

Lamar's Master of Music degree in Music Education offers students the option to take all degree requirements, including the 30 hours of coursework, in a fully online format. Our online courses are typically taught asynchronously to better suit the needs of working music educators with busy schedules. Applications and admissions work on a rolling schedule, allowing students to enroll in coursework in either the fall or spring semesters. Our online degree can be earned in just two years by taking eight credit hours per semester for four concurrent semesters. Busy educators pressed for time have the option to enroll part-time, too, earning their degree over a period of eight semesters.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the graduate program in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music fully immerses you in the cultural study of music, composition, performance techniques, education, history and more. Here, you can sing in a chorus, go to a live performance, compose an original piece, enjoy music of various genres and play your instruments, all while earning your Master of Music Degree with a concentration in Music Education.

Surrounded by artistic institutions throughout our area, we strongly encourage you to participate in Southeast Texas’ cultural life. Some of our regional ensembles include the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society, Beaumont Community Players, Beaumont Ballet Theatre and the Beaumont Civic Ballet. Other opportunities lie in our rich variety of religious institutions, live music venues and community theatre companies, to name a few, that are always willing to have LU music students as performers – and some of those pay scholarships or stipends. Southeast Texas is an ideal place to study music in all its forms.

Online M.M. Music – Education

Career Paths

Master's level educators may be certified as Texas music educators through our Department of Teacher Education or continue and advance in established teaching careers. Performers are encouraged to begin expanding their networks through auditioning and performing as much as possible and, if desired, to continue on to postgraduate study, to increase options for becoming a performing teacher of music in higher education.

Primary Careers

Music educator

Career Areas

  • Education
  • Small business ownership
  • Journalism
  • Live entertainment

Median Salary

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Types of Employers

  • School and universities
  • Private music schools/lessons
  • Religious institutions
  • Theatre and performing arts companies
Dr. Andrew McMahanDr. Andrew McMahan
Interim Department Chair
Director of Bands
Dr. James HanDr. James Han
Associate Professor
Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Bryan ProkshDr. Bryan Proksch
Professor of Music Literature & Musicology