Graduate Programs /
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.