Online Master of Music - Education Track

The Online Master of Music degree in Music Education requires 30 semester hours with thesis and non-thesis options available. Two additional courses in music education may be substituted for the thesis, and six hours of applied music may replace two music education courses.

100% Online Coursework: 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 8 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 8 semesters.

1. Music Education -- 18 hours

              a.  "Music Reference, Research & Writing" (MUED 5320) is required of all master's students (online)

              b.  15 hours of music education courses (online)

              c.  Program Options

                        1.  Fully Online Option: 18 hours (MUED 5320 plus 15 hours) of music education courses


                        2.  Applied Music Option: Students may substitute 6 hours of applied lessons (3 semesters, 2 credit hours each semester) for 6 hours of music education. They do not have to be in the same applied area. (Available in-person only)


                        3.  Thesis Option: 6 hours of thesis may be used in lieu of 6 hours of music education courses (online or in person)
2. Music History -- 6 hours (online)

3. Music Theory -- 6 hours (online)

4. Oral Examination Committee: According to the student's primary area of study, Lamar University's band director, choral director, or general music specialist will serve on the committee plus two professors with whom the student has completed a minimum of one class. Optional: With permission of the Director of Graduate Music, the student may invite one graduate faculty member to serve on the committee if they are (1) related to the student's field of study; (2) the Director of Graduate Studies; or (3) the Department of Music Chair.