To teach music is to introduce children to an art form that is basic to all of humanity. But the benefits of music education go far beyond learning to sing, play and appreciate music. Cognitive development, fine motor skills, cultural awareness and increased intellectual capacity all progress from the study of music. Music education combines the joy of artistic expression with the challenge and rewards of classroom instruction.
The Master of Science in Music Education prepares students to be professional music teachers who work with children of all ages, from infants, toddlers and preschoolers to elementary, middle and high school students in New York State. The program includes a semester of student teaching in elementary and secondary schools as well as comprehensive coursework in the social and psychological aspects of teaching and modern educational methods and materials. Students who elect to waive student teaching are required to take an additional 6 credits in lieu of student teaching and pass a comprehensive examination.
A joint program of the LIU Post College of Education, Information and Technology and School of Visual and Performing Arts, the M.S. in Music Education offers two plans of study: a 42-credit plan for initial teaching certification by the New York State Education Department and a 36- credit plan leading to professional certification, for students with a significant background in education.
Applicants to the Master of Science in Music Education must meet the following requirements for admission:
Requirements for these programs are listed under the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education, Information and Technology section of this bulletin.
Send application materials to:
Graduate Admissions Office
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
For the Plan of Study for the M.S. in Music Education, please see the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in this bulletin.
College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor
Moreen Mitchell, J.D.