Statement of Purpose
The Master of Music-Music Education is designed to provide graduate professional education for men and women who wish to pursue or are currently involved in PreK – 12 music education in public or private institutions. Classroom teachers, ensemble directors and music administrators who hold the baccalaureate in music will be provided opportunity to refine skills gained at the undergraduate level and in other spheres of learning.
Upon completion of the Master of Music-Music Education degree, the graduate should be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to organize and develop a program of choral, instrumental or elementary music including personnel, facilities, equipment and budget—or to make a contribution of value to an existing program.
- The ability to function effectively as a music educator both musically and administratively.
- The ability to work effectively in children’s music.
- An understanding of and ability to utilize research methods designed to improve practices in schools, classrooms, rehearsals and performances, and the ability to frame the results in a scholarly manner.
- Keyboard skills sufficient to (a) prepare choral or instrumental literature for rehearsal, and (b) accompany simple music literature for class or rehearsal.
- A basic working knowledge of current music technology for use in practical and artistic applications.
- The ability to prepare musical experiences that are informed by an understanding of applicable historical performance practices.
- An understanding of musical style as discovered through advanced musical analysis.
- Interpersonal skills necessary for functioning effectively in a public or private school with other staff, administrators, parents and community.
- Extended knowledge and experience in the area of classroom teaching and/or rehearsal settings, including conceptual understanding and practical application of methods that support learning.
- Knowledge of current trends and issues in music education.
- The ability to articulate a Christian worldview of teaching and music education.
Admission/Placement Requirements for Music Education
Undergraduate degree in Music Education from an accredited institution, including official state certification is a prerequisite for admission. If the applicant holds an undergraduate degree with licensure in an area other than music, conditional acceptance may be granted after analysis of transcripts, placement auditions, and examinations have been completed and remedial courses have been assigned. Prerequisite to full acceptance is the successful completion of the required remediation. No more than 12 hours of graduate courses may be completed before all deficiencies are removed. If the prospective candidate does not hold teaching certification, post-baccalaureate certification (requiring additional coursework and practice teaching) can be pursued simultaneously with the MUSED.MM. Post-baccalaureate requirements must be completed prior to completion of the MUSED.MM degree. The MUSED.MM plus post-baccalaureate certification will generally require two years of full-time study. The postbaccalaureate option is not available in the Summers Only program.
In addition to the resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and health certificate of immunization, the following is required for admission to the MUSED.MM.
- Three-to-four page essay, including:
- Rationale to study at Lee University
- Description of your background in music
- Statement of your professional goals
- Discussion of ways you feel you will contribute to the Music Education profession
- Teaching videotape (Submit ONE of the following)
- Secondary Choral or Instrumental specialization
- Submit a video-tape of a typical class/rehearsal period of no less than 45 minutes. The tape should include a clear demonstration of the applicant conducting as well as rehearsal techniques (pedagogical aspects). The applicant may include 1-2 pages of a narrative giving additional information regarding the taped rehearsal as well as the lesson-plan.
- General music specialization
- Submit a video-tape with a minimum of 20 minutes of teaching for each of two grade levels or for two different lessons (class periods). The lessons should include at least one demonstration of singing with children. Lesson plans for the videotaped sessions should be included with the tape submission.
Applicants submitting application materials on or before May 1 (for Fall Semester matriculation) or on or before February 1 (for Summer matriculation) will receive first consideration.
Following acceptance into the degree program, each applicant for the Master of Music-Music Education degree will take Music Placement Examinations in music theory and music history. If any deficiencies are detected, specific remedial courses may be recommended or required. Applicants will also complete an assessment of keyboard skills. An examination packet is available upon request from the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
- Music Theory Placement - will include such areas as:
- Melodic harmonization
- Figured-bass realization
- Formal and harmonic analysis
- Melodic and harmonic dictation
- Based on Music Theory Placement score, the student will be advised to enroll in: (1) MUST-522 Concepts of Analysis or (2) MUST-501 Music Theory Review (remedial credit).
- Music History Placement - will include recognition of works, composers, and performance practices from the Renaissance through contemporary periods. Based on the Music History Placement score, the student will be advised to enroll in: (1) MUHL-512 Performance Practice in the History of Music or (2) MUHL-501 Music History Review. (remedial credit).
- Keyboard Placement - will determine either: No additional keyboard study required
Applied keyboard study each semester until proficiency level is achieved.
Specific placement criteria for Instrumental, Choral or General Music specialists are available upon request from the Office of Graduate Music.