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  • An online program with a single
    one-week summer residency.

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Jessica Closson: Maintaining a Fresh Approach to Teaching

For music teachers like Jessica Closson, the master’s program with a concentration in music education at Eastern Illinois University strengthens the foundation of knowledge on which their daily classroom activities are based. Teachers enrolled in the program pick up new concepts that easily mesh with what they’re already employing in the classroom and immediately employ them in their day-to-day interactions with students.

You've already proven your love for music and your dedication as a music educator. Now is the time to take the next step in your professional career and enroll in the Master of Arts in Music: Music Education Concentration at EIU. The Master of Arts in Music, Music Education Concentration provides a course of study that is primarily online with a one-week residency on the EIU campus.

Through this unique program, teachers may complete the degree over three summers and two academic years or take courses as their other commitments allow. The curriculum design also allows working music educators to apply new ideas and teaching techniques directly to their classrooms as they advance through the program.

Graduate students in online programs at EIU are charged the in-state tuition rate for all courses, making this degree an affordable option for everyone.

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  • Teachers may begin the program during any semester and complete courses as they are offered.
  • Click here for a chart that shows future course offerings projected through to the summer of 2020.
  • Please refer to the MA in Music, Apply Now website for application information.

Fall 2017 Coursework:

MUS 5701 - Psychology of Teaching and Learning (3 Credits, online)

How does the psychology of music inform our own beliefs, policies, curricula and practices in the field of music education? How do people acquire musical knowledge and skills? Draw upon work from social, developmental, and cognitive psychology.  Professor: Dr. Danelle Larson

Spring 2018 Coursework:

MUS 4880 - Seminar in Music History (3 Credits, online; Jan. 8 - May 4, 2018)

In depth study of selected concurrent historical topics in Western and non-Western music that will cover various periods and genres from the medieval to the 21st century. Research, small group discussion, and projects pertaining to students’ teaching disciplines will provide ample opportunity for practical application in the music classroom.  Professor:  Dr. Janet McCumber

Summer 2018 Coursework:   (June 11 - July 20, 2018)

MUS 5705 - Curriculum and Assessment (3 credits, online)
MUS 5175 - Music Theory Pedagogy (3 credits, online)
MUS 5900 - Capstone (3 credits, online - for students completing the program)

Summer Residency:

The next summer residency will occur during the summer 2020 session.

Future Classes:

Fall 2017:

    • MUS 5701 - Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning (3 credits, online)

Spring 2018:

    • MUS 5880 - Seminar in Music History (3 credits, online)

Summer 2018:

    • MUS 5705 - Curriculum and Assessment (3, credits online)
    • MUS 5175 - Music Theory Pedagogy
 (3 credits, online)
    • MUS 5900 - Capstone Project (3 credits, online)

Fall 2018:

    • MUS 5101- Research Methods for Music Education (3 credits, online)

Spring 2019:

    • MUS 5702 - Seminar (3 credits, online)

Curricular Requirements:

  • MUS 5101 - Research Methods for Music Education, 3 credits
  • MUS 5702 - Graduate Music Education Seminar: Social Justice Issues in Music Education, 3 credits
  • MUS 5175 - Music Theory Pedagogy
, 3 credits
  • MUS 5700 - History and Philosophy of Music Education, 3 credits
  • MUS 5702 - Graduate Music Education Seminar, 3 credits
  • MUS 4980 - Workshop in Music, 5 credits
  • MUS 5880 - Seminar in Music History, 3 credits
  • MUS 5701 - Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning, 3 credits
  • MUS 5705 - Curriculum and Assessment, 3 credits
  • MUS 5900 - Capstone Project, 3 credits

Application Process:

Please refer to the MA in Music, Apply Now website for application information.

Tuition and Fees:

The chart below summarizes the relevant fees for this program published on the College of Continuing Education website.

Tuition $292.00 per credit hour
Textbook Rental Fee: $9.75 per credit hour
Continuing Education Fee: $44.00 per credit hour*
Technology Fee: $20.00 per credit hour
Total Fee Per Credit: $365.75 per credit hour

Many classes in this program are 3 credits hours, making the total cost for these courses slightly below $1,100 per course.

In addition, there is a $20 Administrative Fee per class (not credit hour).

*The Continuing Education Fee is subject to change.


EIU uses a Textbook Rental Services to provide textbooks to students at the current rate of $9.75 per credit. Coles County residents will pick up their books from Textbook Rental on campus at 975 Edgar Drive. Students residing outside of Coles County will receive their books by mail. Students wishing to purchase copies of textbooks may do so through vendors such as Amazon.com.

Textbook Rental is located at:
975 Edgar Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920
Phone: (217) 581-3626

EIU ID Card:

EIU now issues a non-photo student identification cards to continuing education students that grants student the same access to library resources as on-campus students. The card will be generated upon the student's initial course registration and the School of Continuing Education will mail the card to new students.

Booth Library:

Booth Library offers many services to off-campus students. Click here for additional information.


The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a 269,380 square-foot, state-of-the-art performance and teaching complex for the departments of art, music and theatre arts. The facility includes four performance venues, ample rehearsal and practice space, a digital recording studio, an electronic music studio, and a music technology laboratory. The Doudna Fine Arts Center also offers a full array of arts events. Programming includes the New and Emerging Artists Series, other series and performances, lectures, exhibitions, and related events.

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Tuition Waivers:

The MA in Music, Music Education concentration is offering through the College of Continuing Education as a contracted/sponsored program. For that reason, tuition waivers may not be used.

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