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Master of Music Education

(except Piano Pedagogy)

Dr. Melissa Baughman
  • Vocal
Dr. Christopher Baumgartner
  • Instrumental
Dr. Charlene Dell
  • Strings
Dr. Lonnie Easter II
  • Instrumental / Jazz Studies
Dr. Casey Gerber
  • General, Department Chair
Dr. Eric Pennello
  • Instrumental

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Major and CodeConcentration and Code
(click for Coursework Requirements)
General (M706)Kodály Concepts (Q401)
Pedagogy and Practice (Q502)
Vocal/General (Q686)
Conducting (M707)Choral (Q111)
Instrumental (Q371)
Instrumental (M708)Primary Instrument (Q373)
Secondary Instruments (Q372)

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Application Deadline

Applications for admission in Summer or Fall must be received by February 1. Applicants for admission in Spring are encouraged to apply no later than September 1.

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Assistantships

There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.

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Procedure for Applying

Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) along with all application materials below.

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Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
    • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
      • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
      • One letter should be from a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.

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Application materials required for this degree

Applicants will also need to submit a detailed description of their teaching and/or other professional experience to the online graduate application.

Depending on the degree concentration, there are additional requirements for application materials or auditions. Click on a degree concentration below for more information:

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Instrumental (Primary) or Instrumental (Secondary)

  • A recent recording (audio or video) of a band, orchestral, or choral performance, classroom instruction, or ensemble rehearsal that demonstrates teaching effectiveness. A video recording is preferred for teaching demonstrations.
    • Audio or video files or links to online recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.
  • An audition for the appropriate applied faculty that demonstrates your level of proficiency on your primary instrument. Length and scope of this audition varies depending on the particular area/instrument. When you submit your online application materials, you will be given instructions on whom to contact to arrange this audition. This audition will be evaluated by the appropriate applied music instructor whose assessment will be given to the Music Education faculty to be made a part of your total application.

Vocal/General

  • A recent recording (audio or video) of a band, orchestral, or choral performance, classroom instruction, or ensemble rehearsal that demonstrates teaching effectiveness. A video recording is preferred for teaching demonstrations.
    • Audio or video files or links to online recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.
  • A 30-minute, live, accompanied audition before the applied voice faculty that demonstrates your level of proficiency as a singer. When you submit your on-line application materials, you will be given instructions on whom to contact to arrange this audition. This audition will be evaluated by the voice faculty whose assessment will be given to the Music Education faculty to be made a part of your total application.

Kodály Concept

  • A recent video recording of a band, orchestral, or choral performance, classroom instruction, or ensemble rehearsal that demonstrates teaching effectiveness.
    • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

National Board Certification

  • A recent video recording, with good audio quality, of classroom instruction or ensemble rehearsal that demonstrates teaching effectiveness.
    • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Choral Conducting

  • A video recording, with good audio quality, of a recent performance and/or rehearsal. Preferably, the video should contain portions of a performance or performances and portions of a rehearsal or rehearsals that show the general skills of the conductor. (This recording will be evaluated by the Director of Graduate Choral Studies whose assessment will be given to the Music Education faculty to be made a part of your total application.)
    • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Instrumental Conducting

  • A video recording from the point of view of the ensemble, with good audio quality, of a recent band or orchestral performance, classroom instruction, and/or ensemble rehearsal that demonstrates both teaching effectiveness and conducting skills. (This recording will be evaluated by the Director of Bands and/or the Director of Orchestral Studies, as appropriate, whose assessment will be given to the Music Education faculty to be made a part of your total application.)
    • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.