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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.

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.

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.

Click here to see the coursework sequence and length of program based on your personal start date. Just find your start date and follow the chart vertically down to see your individual plan of study.

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  • Teachers may begin the program during any semester and complete courses as they are offered.
  • Scroll down to see future course offerings through summer of 2021.
  • Please refer to the MA in Music, Apply Now website for application information.

Summer 2020 Coursework:

Workshops in Music:  Develop new skills--technology, improvising, arranging in the classroom! Explore your individual interests through project-based learning. Online, 2 -3 credits.

MUS 5701 Psychology of Music Teaching and Learning:  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.  Online with class meetings during the one-week on-campus. 3 credits

Notice:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the residency week scheduled for July 10 – 16, 2020. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, we will not meet in person this summer. We will hold a residency next summer instead, so mark your calendars! The new dates are July 16 – 22, 2021.  Some of you are scheduled to complete the program and graduate between now and next summer. Please know that your timeline will not be impacted by this change. All three summer courses will still be offered this summer during the 8-week session (June 1 – July 24, 2020), but we will adjust content so they will be completely delivered online instead of including a residency week.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Larson or Dr. Meyers.


Future Classes:

Fall 2020:

  • MUS 5880 Seminar in Music History

Spring 2021:  

  • MUS 5705 Curriculum and Assessment

Summer 2020 Residency:  On-Campus Dates:  July 16-22, 2021

  • MUS 5175 Music Theory Pedagogy
  • MUS 5101 Research Methods for Music Education

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  $306.50 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:  $380.25 per credit hour   


  • In addition, there is a $20 Administrative Fee per class (not credit hour).
  • Many classes in this program are 3 credits hours, making the total cost for these courses $1,160.75 per course.

*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  The textbook rental fee is a recurring fixed cost for all classes in the program.

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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