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Master of Music in Music Education
You’ve been making music for as long as you can remember. Your love for it — and your love of teaching — have shaped the course of your career and life — and your students’ lives, too. Sharing your passion with your students, watching them advance their ability, knowledge and technique, and opening them to music’s power to connect us as humans are among the many rewards of being a music teacher. And like all great teachers, you simply can’t stop learning, can’t stop improving, can’t stop aiming higher. It’s that spirit that inspires so many music educators to pursue a Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) from Capital University.
Capital is among a select group of universities that offers you a way to get your master’s in Music Education in as few as three summer semesters of intense coursework and hands-on workshops. Our graduate programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. You can choose from three areas of emphasis — Jazz Pedagogy, Instrumental or one of two programs tracks offered through Capital’s Kodály Institute. And regardless of which emphasis you choose, you can take the coursework you need to become a Kodály Certified Instructor upon graduation. Our distinctive summer semester programming allows you to put your graduate training to work in the fall — in your own classes with your own students.
At Capital, you’ll learn from — and study alongside — master musicians, composers, active performers and leading music educators who will challenge you, introduce you to new techniques, and advance your teaching skills. In fact, music educators from across the country and around the world come to Capital specifically to study under our faculty. In your classes and workshops, you’ll be asked to dig deeper than you thought possible and be encouraged to continually perfect your musicianship and grow as a music teacher. Along the way, you’ll form bonds with your professors and fellow students, and build a personal and professional network you can turn to for insight, advice and career opportunities — not only while you’re here, but long after you graduate. We call it CapFam, and it’s lifelong.
Our intensive summer semester program will find you on our beautiful campus Monday through Friday. We know of course that you may have summer band camps to run or other obligations you have to tend to. Life happens. That’s why our summer session features two, three-week sessions — so you can choose to attend both or just one of them — while still completing your program in three summers, provided you fulfill your general requirements. It’s this kind of flexibility that draws so many leading educators to our graduate music programs.
Regardless of the area of emphasis you choose, you can expect:
At Capital, you’ll have access to the space you need to learn, practice and perform. You’ll find 36 practice rooms, state-of-the-art recording studios, beautiful performance spaces and classrooms equipped with the latest technology.
Capital is located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, a quaint historic, tree-lined city just a few miles from downtown Columbus. Ours is a vibrant, friendly campus, and the summer semester experience is a time filled with music festivals and outdoor events on campus and throughout the central Ohio area. Columbus itself has a vibrant live music scene, and our prestigious Conservatory of Music offers an array of recitals and performances you can enjoy with classmates, family and friends.
While most students commute to classes — many opt to live on campus in an affordable, furnished university apartment. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by fellow music lovers and will find your summer semesters an uplifting, career-advancing break from the ordinary.
Your decision to pursue a master of music degree could advance the course of your personal, professional and economic future. Clearly, it’s not something to be taken lightly. That’s why we encourage all prospective students to come to campus for an information session where you can meet with professors, fellow students and staff who can answer any questions you may have and offer insight into life and study in the Master of Music in Music Education at Capital. In this session, you can learn more about how we can help grow your teaching career without surrendering your obligations to work and family. Our advisers can help you take advantage of the coursework you’ve already completed and bring you one step closer to where you want to be — in your career and life.
Dr. Lynda Hasseler, D.M.A., Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Dr. Hasseler assumed directorship of the renowned Chapel Choir in 1990 and became the first woman to lead a choral program at the Lutheran college or university. At Capital, Dr. Hasseler directs the Chapel Choir and Choral Union and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from Michigan State University.
Dr. Laura Kitchel, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Area Head of Music in Education in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Dr. Kitchel teaches courses in Music Education, conducts the University Women’s Chorus, and directs and teaches in the Master of Music in Music Education summer program. As a clinician and researcher, Dr. Kitchel has presented at many state and national conferences, including Ohio Music Education Association, the National NAfME, the Music Research and Teacher Education National, and the Missouri Music Education Association. Dr. Kitchel holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in Music Education from the University of Missouri.
Lilla Gabor, was born in Budapest, Hungary and graduated with honors from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. At the Liszt Academy, Ms. Gabor majored in Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy and then went on to pursue post-graduate studies at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and at Temple University in Contemporary Music, Chamber Music, Piano Accompaniment and Choral Conducting. Lilla is in great demand as a guest professor, lecturer, choral conductor and adjudicator at universities, conservatories and festivals throughout the world.
Dr. Andrea Solya, Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the U of I, Dr. Solya teaches composition-theory and choral music courses and is the director of the Women’s Glee Club. She has also served as the Director of the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale at the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus since 2006, and currently serves as College/University Repertoire and Standards chair of IL-ACDA. She has performed and presented on national and international stages. Dr. Solya received her Bachelor in Music and Master’s in Music Education and Choral Conducting at the University of Szeged, Hungary, a MM from The Ohio State University, and her DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her summers, she teaches musicianship, conducting and choral methodology courses in the master’s program of the Kodaly Institute at Capital University.
Dr. Jeff Gershman, Professor of Music and Director of Wind Ensembles at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. At Capital, Dr. Gershman conducts the Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony and teaches courses in instrumental pedagogy and advanced conducting. He is a popular guest conductor with both professional ensembles and high school honor bands throughout the country, including an annual series with the Dallas Winds. He is in high demand as an adjudicator, having judged band festivals in the U.S., Singapore, and Australia. As an arranger, his transcriptions of works by Frank Zappa, John Corigliano, and Eric Whitacre have received critical acclaim with performances at Carnegie Hall as well as regional and national music conventions.
Dr. Michael Cox, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Capital University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cox is an active musician and performer with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Columbus, Lancaster, and Newark Symphony Orchestras, the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and other groups including Such Sweet Thunder, the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, the High Street Stompers Dixieland Band, the Powerhouse Trio, and Flippo. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor’s degree and Distinguished Alumnus 2000 Award from Cameron University.
Zach Compston, Adjunct Professor in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Zach is a highly respected drummer, percussionist and music educator, who maintains an active performing schedule in central Ohio and beyond. Zach is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of jazz through performance and education. At Capital, he conducts the Big Band and teaches the Seminar in Musical Leadership course for graduate students. He also is a faculty member of the Columbus Youth Jazz program at Jazz Arts Group, teaching lessons, jazz combos and large ensembles.