School of Music | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Music Education



Welcome to the Music Education area of the School of Music in ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Students in ASU's music education programs are preparing for careers in music teaching and related fields, or continuing their professional studies. The music education programs support outstanding educators who make a difference in the lives of their students and communities.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a new and innovative 120-credit degree program. The course of study includes music education labs, and Art of Teaching courses, lessons and ensembles, and music history and theory courses, as well as general university studies. Internships in local schools are included in the program. The degree leads to concurrent teacher certification in the state of Arizona.

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is designed in a flexible format to meet the needs of practicing music education professionals. Full-time, part-time, and summer study options are available. Students choose music, education, and pedagogy courses to enhance their own career goals and teaching practices.

Professional Development studies are available to post-Bachelor's degree students who are not seeking a graduate degree. Workshops and short courses are available for professional development clock hours at a lower cost than graduate credit. Those seeking graduate credit but not a degree can enroll in these and regular graduate offerings as a non-degree graduate student.

The Ph.D. program provides opportunity for rigorous and concentrated study in music education. Limited enrollment allows for close mentorship with outstanding faculty. The Ph.D. experience includes research and teaching internships with the Ph.D. faculty, opportunities for independent and co-authored research and publication, and a comprehensive array of research and education coursework. Ph.D. students may choose additional studies in music or in other Schools and Colleges at ASU to support their career trajectories.

Graduates of ASU's music education programs have successful careers in elementary, secondary, and collegiate music teaching and other related careers. ASU music education alumni are distinguished leaders in arts education in the United States and abroad. Develop your professional abilities in the supportive and challenging environment that is Music Education at ASU.

Music Education Research Group

The Music Education Research Group is a consortium of faculty and graduate students in music education. The Research Group supports inquiry that investigates social transformation through engagement through music; music education theory, policy, and practice; the preparation and continuing development of music education professionals; the meaning and value of music for individuals in every stage of life; and music and learning as it occurs in diverse forms and practicies in the community. We are commited to diversity in the research approaches, and we seek to develop and promote innovative arts–based research projects. We believe that the arts can and should functionas a voice of consciousness in contemporary society.

Visit the Music Education Research Group website