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EIU Master of Arts in Music

MA in Music: Music Education Concentrationbadge

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

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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.


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

MUS 5705 - Curriculum and Assessment (3 credits, online):   Participants will examine assessments, curricular practices, and theories from multiple paradigms. Study trends and reform efforts in music education, and design curriculum and assessments appropriate for the music classroom at all levels of instruction.
Professor: Dr. Lori Gray

MUS 5175 - Music Theory Pedagogy (3 credits, online):  This courses focuses on the challenges and opportunities of teaching music theory in a K-12 classroom, recognizing that general students, students participating in ensembles, and students taking pre-college theory, require different kinds of theory instruction and training.  The course also surveys current practices, online resources, and learning technologies for teaching music theory in the K-12 classroom.
Professor:  Dr. Stefan Eckert

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 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

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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2620 Doudna
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3010

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