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Nazareth College

Graduate Admissions


Music Education

With rapidly changing requirements and assessments in the public and private educational systems, the music education degree programs at Nazareth College are actively engaged in addressing these needs. Music Education students must be involved in knowing and maintaining a pre-existing fixed body of knowledge and practice while continuing to incorporate new ideas and knowledge into the pedagogy through the use of new technologies and expanding bodies of musical repertoire and skills. The curriculum of the Music Education Program is designed to offer students advanced instruction in curriculum, pedagogy, musicianship, research methods, and various topics in both music and music education. Additionally, the program addresses the needs of the music educator by providing an opportunity for personal growth in musicianship through courses in music history, music theory, and applied music study.

 A number of courses are offered in “hybrid format” (a combination of in-class and on-line instruction), to accommodate the schedules of our graduate students. Nazareth College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Education, B-12
A degree leading to professional certification in Music Education

This program is for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in music education and wish to earn a master’s degree with a focus on music education. Students are admitted in Fall and Spring.

 Graduate Music Education Professional program Audition Dates

  • Friday, March 6, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission: Contact Dr. Mary Carlson at for more information. 

 Certification required for admission: Initial or Provisional certification in Music Education

 Credit Hours: 30 

Music Education, Extended Program, B-12
A degree leading to initial and professional certification in Music Education

This program is for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, etc.) and wish to earn a master’s degree with a focus on music education and earn initial NYS teacher certification.  Students are admitted in Fall only.

Extended Program Audition Dates for Fall  applications: 


Program Deficiencies

Students whose undergraduate preparation in music or music education has areas of deficiency may be required to complete the necessary foundational (preparatory) courses identified in the Extended Program section. The Program Director will assist those students in identifying deficiency areas that New York State requires for Initial Certification in Music Education. Transcript evaluation and audition/placement testing will determine deficiencies in the following subject areas: Foreign Language, Conducting, Instrumental or Choral Methods, Music History, Music Theory, Applied Music Instruction, Ensembles.

 Credit Hours: Minimum 30 Graduate and 14.5 Undergraduate 

Program Highlights Program Website

  1. Flexibility and convenience - Courses are offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Evening classes are offered during the school year for maximum convenience.
  2. Variety - Course offerings are varied to satisfy many different interests.
  3. A shorter time commitment - only 30 credit hours are required to complete the program. Half of these credits are electives.
  4. Collaboration - Many students are currently teachers, so you have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers throughout the program.
  5. Focus on applied study – Applied study on a primary instrument is available which culminates with a graduate recital.
  6. Individual attention – One-on-one attention from faculty members including the program director as needed.

Program Director

Mary C. Carlson, Ph.D.

Program Faculty

Program Quick Info

Admissions Requirements:

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Credit Hours:

Professional Program: 30 credit hours Extended/Initial Certification Program: Minimum 30 Graduate and 14.5 Undergraduate


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