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So you’re a music teacher who wants to dig even deeper into your field? The Master of Music Education (MMEd) degree at North Greenville University will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance in your career or even change your career path to a different element of teaching music. But more than that, NGU's Graduate School of Music Education faculty members are prepared and willing to help you succeed in impacting the world for Christ as a music teacher.

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • 30 - Credit hours in the MMEd degree at NGU
  • 18 - Months to complete your degree
  • 8 - Weeks per online term
  • 5 - Start dates throughout the year
  • 2 - Prerequisites for earning this degree: a degree in music education and a valid teacher's certificate
  • 1 - Formats for your study: online only
  • 0 -Years of teaching experience required

 

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

 

The 30-hour MMEd program at NGU is designed to develop trained and skilled music teachers who make a difference. The degree sets students apart by providing training not only in musical concepts and teaching styles, but also new methods of instruction and specialized areas of teaching music.

In the MMEd program at NGU, you’ll learn the knowledge and skills required for various teaching positions you may want to pursue, including the following:

  • Methods of instruction
  • Planning a school’s musical program
  • Positive learning experiences for students
  • Synthesizing concepts and teaching styles
  • Technology in the classroom

 

TRACKS / CONCENTRATIONS

 

  • Choral Music
  • Elementary Music
  • Instrumental Music

     

Career Opportunities

 

  • Band Director
  • Choral Director
  • College Music Instructor
  • Elementary School Music Teacher
  • High School Music Teacher
  • Minister of Music
  • Music Education Administrator
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Voice Instructor

 

Employers

 

  • Florence County Schools
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Piano Central Studios
  • Rock Hill Studios
  • Saluda County Schools
  • School District of Pickens County
  • Spartanburg School Districts
  • Taylor Robinson Music
  • Union County Schools

To apply to NGU’s MMEd program, complete the following steps:

  1. Fill in the online graduate school application.
  2. Send the following documents to NGU’s Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions at 405 Lancaster Ave., Greer, SC 29650:
    1. Your professional resume
    2. A copy of your valid South Carolina teaching certificate or an out-of-state equivalent
    3. A self-reflective essay of 500 words, relating your personal goals to music education
    4. A $30 check for the application fee
  3. Download, print, fill in, and share the required reference forms:
    1. Two Employer / Professional Reference Forms
    2. One Personal Reference Form
  4. Download, print, and fill in the College Transcript Request Form, and then send it to the registrar of any colleges or universities you have previously attended. (They will then send your official transcripts directly to NGU.)
  5. Complete the diagnostic tests in Music Theory and Music History.
  6. Have an interview with the program director and members of the Graduate Music Council in person or by phone, email, or Skype.

Curriculum Structure

 

The curriculum for NGU’s MMEd degree consists of five core required courses. Students are encouraged to complete these courses in the beginning of their study. Following this completion, students can focus on taking the elective courses required for their chosen track; students must take 30 courses from within each track for degree completion. Finally, the Thesis Project is the capstone course for degree completion.

This 30-hour degree offers rolling enrollment, with five 8-week online terms available per year. The MMEd at NGU is offered online only.

 

Unique Electives 

 

  • Directing the High School Musical
  • Instrumental Repair
  • The Integration of Global Music into the Classroom

 

Example Course Sequence

 

If you would like to complete your MMEd degree in the suggested timeframe of 18 months, then we recommend taking a full-time load of courses each term in the following order:

  1. Core Courses – Complete the initial five core courses.
  2. Electives – Choose 14 credit hours’ worth of electives.
  3. Capstone Course – Finish the program by taking the capstone course (MMED 6320) last of all.

 

Core Courses

 

Begin with the core courses required for every student in the program:

MMED 5210 History of Music Education (2 credit hours)

MMED 5220 Current Issues in Music Education (2 credit hours)

MMED 6300 Analytical Techniques (3 credit hours)

MMED 6310 Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education (3 credit hours)

MMED 6340 Psychology of Music and Music Education (3 credit hours)

MMED 6320 Thesis Project (3 credit hours) Note: Take this capstone course last, after you have completed your core courses and elective requirements.

 

Electives

 

After completing your core courses, you can choose 14 credit hours’ worth of the following elective courses:

MMED 5000 Graduate Theory Review (3 credit hours)

MMED 5010 Graduate Music History Review (3 credit hours)

MMED 5110 Instrumental Repair – Woodwinds (1 credit hour)

MMED 5120 Instrumental Repair – Percussion (1 credit hour)

MMED 5320 The Integration of Global Music into the Classroom (3 credit hours)

MMED 5325 Marching Band Techniques (3 credit hours)

MMED 5330 Music Technology for Educators (3 credit hours)

MMED 5335 Teaching the Developing Singer (3 credit hours)

MMED 5340 Directing the High School Musical (3 credit hours)

MMED 5345 Graduate Conducting Techniques (3 credit hours)

MMED 5355 Contemporary and Experimental Music of the 20th Century (1920-Present) (3 credit hours)

MMED 5360 Romantic Music 1820 – 1920 (3 credit hours)

MMED 5365 Vocal Pedagogy and Health (3 credit hours)

MMED 5370 AP Theory (3 credit hours)

MMED 6245 Choral Arranging (2 credit hours)

MMED 6250 Instrumental Arranging (2 credit hours)

MMED MUAPL 5110 Graduate Applied Piano (1 credit hour)

MMED MUAPL 5120 Graduate Applied Voice (1 credit hour)

MMED MUAPL 5130 Graduate Applied Brass (1 credit hour)

MMED MUAPL 5140 Graduate Applied Organ (1 credit hour)

MMED MUAPL 5150 Graduate Applied Percussion (1 credit hour)

MMED MUAPL 5160 Graduate Applied Strings (1 credit hour) 

 

Course Descriptions

 

These are the MMEd courses offered at NGU and their respective course descriptions, listed alphabetically:

MMED 5000 Graduate Theory Review (3 credit hours) – Graduate Music Theory Review is a survey of tonal functional harmony written skills, analysis, and aural dictation. The course begins with diatonic harmonies and progresses through chromatic harmonies via written and analysis assignments with corresponding aural dictation. In addition, there is an introduction to post-19th century analysis and concepts. Online and offered as necessary. This is a remedial course and as such does not count toward graduation, but is required if deficiencies are identified by the Graduate Music Theory Placement Exam.

MMED 5010 Graduate Music History Review (3 credit hours) – This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical and stylistic developments of western musical traditions through an intensive study of its basic materials. Students are expected to consult appropriate musical scores and use standard music dictionaries and encyclopedias to clarify concepts and add to factual knowledge.  The course gives factual information about composers and masterworks from each style period.  Aural skills will be emphasized through listening and score study.  Online, summer session, offered as necessary. This is a remedial course and as such does not count toward graduation, but is required if deficiencies are identified by the Graduate Music History Placement Exam.

MMED 5110 Instrumental Repair - Woodwinds (1 credit hour) – This course offers basic repair procedures for woodwind instruments that are encountered by all instrumental music educators.

MMED 5120 Instrumental Repair - Percussion (1 credit hour) – This course offers basic repair procedures for percussion instruments that are encountered by all instrumental music educators.

MMED 5140 Graduate Applied Organ (1 credit hour) – Students study advanced repertoire beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED 5210 History of Music Education (2 credit hours) – This course provides a historical background of the development of Music Education in the United States of America.   In addition to the investigation of the historical development of Music Education, the philosophical, aesthetic, and pedagogical principles from the earliest beginnings to contemporary Music Education will be covered in this class.

MMED 5220 Current Issues in Music Education (2 credit hours) – This course examines philosophies, perspectives, methods, and issues that impact music education in the K-12 setting. Music education issues are evaluated using research, analysis, and assessment to determine relevance to teaching and learning in the music classroom.

MMED 5320 The Integration of Global Music into the Classroom (3 credit hours) – This course offers a look into how music educators may integrate global music into their curriculum through different techniques and sequences.  Students will also gain a basic understanding of different cultures from around the globe.

MMED 5325 Marching Band Techniques (3 credit hours) – This course provides examination and instruction in the fundamental principles and effective practices with respect to the contemporary marching band. You will be challenged to examine your expectations and preconceptions regarding the role of the marching band in music education. Focus will be placed on the visual aspects of the marching band activity since for many musicians it is the most foreign area of concern. Students will display an understanding of the course material by programming, planning, and creating at least a portion of a marching band show with Pyware 3D.

MMED 5330 Music Technology for Educators (3 credit hours) – This course will explore the use of computers and technology in the field of music education. Topics will include the Mac OS; productivity applications; audio-visuals; computer-aided instructional software; digital audio; MIDI; and notation.

MMED 5335 Teaching the Developing Singer (3 credit hours) – This course provides foundational methods for teaching vocal-technique to children and adolescents; grades K-12. An analysis of vocal-technique for young voices will encompass vocal physiology and a review of research as it relates to the child and adolescent voice. Additional discourse includes a study of the basics of choral direction, and the application of learned vocal-technique in the K-12 setting.

MMED 5340 Directing the High School Musical (3 credit hours) – An intensive workshop that addresses all aspects of teaching related to a musical theatre production. This course examines the process of selecting an appropriate work to be performed, selecting a cast, building a rehearsal schedule, coaching student actors, and using healthy and balanced musical rehearsal techniques. This course also examines the process of building a production team and the roles of the music director, stage director, assistant director, choreographer, and stage manager.

MMED 5345 Graduate Conducting Techniques (3 credit hours) – Advanced study in band, orchestra, and choral conducting with an emphasis on gesture, conducting technique, score study, and score analysis.

MMED 5355 Contemporary and Experimental Music of the 20th Century (1920-Present) (3 credit hours) – This course offers a look into the music and thoughts of contemporary and experimental music composers of the 20th century, who generally fall outside the realm of mainstream classical or popular genres.

MMED 5360 Romantic Music 1820 – 1920 (3 credit hours) – This course examines the period from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 through the advent of Modernism. Students should develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between music, aesthetics, social history, and politics in Nineteenth-century Romanticism.  They will also enlarge their knowledge of the musical repertoire of the period.

MMED 5365 Vocal Pedagogy and Health (3 credit hours) – Vocal Pedagogy and Health includes the examination of pedagogical approaches to vocal instruction. Assessment of scientific data, learning styles, and discipline specific language will assist in the formation of individual teaching philosophies and practical methods of analyzing and developing the primary parameters of vocal production: respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation. Each student will acquire a moderately detailed understanding of the structure and function of the vocal mechanism as it is used for singing. Students will learn principles of caring for the singing voice, how to preserve one's vocal health for a lifetime.

MMED 5370 AP Theory (3 credit hours) – This course is designed for Music Educators who wish to be certified to teach Advanced Placement Music Theory at the high school level in order to prepare students to be successful or exempt one or more semesters of college theory classes. The subject matter of the AP Music Theory Exam will be explored in depth, and the music educator will develop a course syllabus. Materials and resources will be available for examination. The class will meet 5 full days on campus, and the second week will be online.

MMED 6245 Choral Arranging (2 credit hours) – This course will investigate the concepts and principles of good choral arranging. Involved is a thorough knowledge of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, dynamics, and timbre.

MMED 6250 Instrumental Arranging (2 credit hours) – This course will investigate the concepts and principles of good instrumental arranging. Involved is a thorough knowledge of melody, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, dynamics, and timbre as well as the practicalities and idiosyncrasies of instruments.

MMED 6300 Analytical Techniques (3 credit hours) – A review of traditional tonal and formal analysis, and analysis of the works of Debussy, Hindemith, Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, and Bartok.

MMED 6310 Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education (3 credit hours) – Techniques of Research in Music and Music Education provides the student with the basic tools necessary to acquire, interpret and produce meaningful research materials that will be useful to themselves and others. Students will choose an area of interest, examine the work of other researchers in that area, and create a meaningful proposal for further study.

MMED 6320 Thesis Project (3 credit hours) – This course provides the opportunity for the Master of Music Education candidate to meet with the Graduate Committee and make plans for the thesis/project, which serves as a synthesis for the total Master of Music Education degree. The thesis/project may be a research or a teaching project.

MMED 6340 Psychology of Music and Music Education (3 credit hours) – Psychology of Music and Music Education provides the student with information concerning the psychology of music and its practical application within the classroom. The course will deliver information relative to accepted and widely researched psychological theories and practices and will encourage students to closely examine their own classroom practices for areas of improvement.

MMED 6340 Psychology of Music and Music Education (3 credit hours) – Psychology of Music and Music Education provides the student with information concerning the psychology of music and its practical application within the classroom. The course will deliver information relative to accepted and widely researched psychological theories and practices and will encourage students to closely examine their own classroom practices for areas of improvement.

MMED MUAPL 5110 Graduate Applied Piano (1 credit hour) – Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED MUAPL 5120 Graduate Applied Voice (1 credit hour) – Students study advanced repertoire beyond the level of the senior undergraduate Music Education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session. One semester hour credit.

MMED MUAPL 5130 Graduate Applied Brass (1 credit hour) – Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED MUAPL 5150 Graduate Applied Percussion (1 credit hour) – Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

MMED MUAPL 5160 Graduate Applied Strings (1 credit hour) – Students study advanced repertoire and etudes beyond the level of the senior undergraduate music education major. The student must take a jury at the end of the session.

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All Graduate School of Music Education faculty members at NGU hold doctoral degrees. Additionally, faculty members are experienced music educators with real-world experience.

Students in NGU’s MMEd program are taught and mentored by these highly credentialed faculty, who not only possess years of experience in their respective fields of study, but also enable students to think critically and develop into more effective and impactful educators.


Dr. Marianne Holland

Dean of the Graduate School of Music Education

Dr. Marianne Holland serves as dean for the Graduate School of Music Education at NGU. Her degrees are from Limestone College and the University of South Carolina. In addition, she has completed further graduate studies in various components of Music Education at Westminster Choir College, Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Christ Church College in Oxford, England. During her teaching experiences in the public schools of South Carolina, she wrote and obtained many grants from the state of South Carolina and the U.S. Department of Education. While at NGU, grants have been written for Character Education, Teddy Bear concerts, and FBN Opera presentations of popular children’s stories. Active in professional organizations as a presenter and performer, she has served as president of the South Carolina Music Educators Association and the Southern Division president of the Music Educators National Conference, now the National Association for Music Education. She is also a member of the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Hall of Fame.


If you’re a prospective student who’s interested in this degree at NGU, then you can contact our Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions directly to learn more:  

Maria A. Kithcart, ABD
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Local: 864-663-7522
Toll Free: 1-844-333-4566
maria.kithcart@ngu.edu

 

 

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