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EIU Master of Arts in Music

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  • 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.

Fall 2020 Coursework:

  • The fall course will open on Monday, August 24.

MUS 5880  FA 2020 Seminar in Music History

Dr. Janet McCumber, instructor 

Course Description: Intensive study of selected historical and ethnomusicological topics in music of various periods. This semester we will examine relationships between music and certain societal situations and/or issues, with the intent of determining how these topics might apply to the K-12 classroom. This course follows a problem-based learning approach in which students create projects, write thoughtfully in an academic style, and practice the process of identifying gaps in their own knowledge. This process will allow them to decide what information or skills they need to acquire to complete the projects and determine the best way to go about gaining the requisite skills and knowledge.


Future Classes:

Spring 2021:  

  • MUS 5705 Curriculum and Assessment

Summer 2021 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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