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What are the benefits of a master's degree in music education?

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On April 07, 2020

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Graduate degrees are becoming increasingly popular — both for employers to require and for employees to pursue, but if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering what kind of benefits come with the completion of an advanced degree, especially one as niche as a master's degree in music education.

While a Master of Music in Music Education (M.M.) isn’t for everyone, the benefits of such a degree are valuable in a variety of ways.

Read more about Holy Family College’s 2-week Summer Graduate Music Program. It  can be completed in just 4 summers!

Read on for some insight into the benefits of obtaining a master's degree in music education and ultimately, how Holy Family College's Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program will prepare you to transform the lives of others through music. 

A master’s degree in music education sharpens your skills as an educator in the classroom — and beyond.

An M.M. gives students an opportunity to dive deep into music theory and then sharpens the sought-after skills that employers are looking for in a music educator. Students in an advanced music program also have the ability to choose their focus area and then specialize in how to teach others.

An individual with an M.M. is qualified to teach post-secondary education — such as at the community college or university level. Universities and conservatories often require a minimum of a graduate-level degree for music teaching positions. Additionally, an M.M. can benefit those wishing to pursue music education at a research level rather than at a teaching level.

Further, an M.M. is needed for those who aspire to teach at the collegiate level to prepare for Ph.D. work.

A master's degree in music education allows educators to specialize in a specific area — such as the Kodály Approach to Music Education.

By participating in a graduate Music Education Program at HFC, you will have the valuable opportunity of learning one specialized music methodology: The Kodály Concept of Music Education. Kodály is an approach to music education developed in Hungary during the mid-20th century by Zoltan Kodály.  His method is an experience-based approach to teaching centered around the principle that anyone and everyone can learn to play music with the help of better educators and more class time dedicated to music.  

Singing, folk music, solfège and quality music are the tools from which Kodály focused his teaching approach. In addition, since Kodály stressed the importance of elevated teacher training. For instance, any student pursuing an M.M. at HFC will be taught how to adequately and efficiently teach music to others.

Note: Want to learn more about Zoltan Kodály and the Kodály method of music  education? Download our free eBook to see just what the Kodály method is all  about.

A master’s in music education leads to varied career opportunities.

Earning a master’s degree in music education can lead to career opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach with only a bachelor’s degree, including roles in administration, department head of a music program or as a music supervisor.

A master’s degree in music education can also lead to positions in multiple job markets: jobs like a band or choral director, conductor, vocal coach or private instrument teacher.  

Whether to an institution or individual clients, an M.M. will demonstrate a complete, well-rounded knowledge of music education, allowing for a variety of career options and positions.

Next steps: Join the community of experts in Holy Family College’s Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program.

Holy Family College offers a Master of Music in Music Education Program and teaches The Kodály Concept of Music Education.

Note: HFC was the first higher education institution to offer a master’s degree focusing on the Kodály method and thanks to its superior faculty and professors, has earned a reputation in excellence.

HFC also offers a compact, two-week Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program. Students complete two-weeks of coursework for four summers. Music educators from across the country come to learn and experience the Kodály method in order to further their education in hopes of advancing their careers. In just two weeks a summer for four summers, a student can earn their M.M. with an emphasis in the Kodály Method.

Note: Students also have the option to earn a Kodály certification in only three summers.

Explore noteworthy resources for music educators:

In an effort to showcase Holy Family College's renowned graduate programs in Music Education, we have developed a variety of informative, FREE guides that are available to download and explore:

The Kodály Approach to Music Education

The Kodály approach is a proven method of teaching music that reflects Zoltán Kodály’s conviction that each person is innately musical and that music is “a spiritual food for which there was no other substitute.” Here we have collected everything you need to know about the Kodály approach and how it has made an impact on the world of music education.

The Guide to Holy Family College's Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

Holy Family College is known around the world as a center for Graduate Music Education and its Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program. Building upon this success, Holy Family College has launched an Orff Schulwerk Certification Program.

A Guide to Holy Family College's Summer Graduate Music Program

Here at Holy Family College, the Kodály Graduate Summer Music Program offers music educators the opportunity to earn a Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis in a four summer session program. We’ve created a guide to help walk you through the unique features of our renowned program and to explain how this program can advance your learning and your career as a music educator.

The Legacy of Sister Lorna Zemke, DMA

One of the earliest pioneers of the Kodály Method on the American scene is Holy Family College’s very own Sister Lorna. Sister Lorna established the first master’s program at the College and the first master’s program in the world that embraced the Kodály Method. Because of Sister Lorna, Holy Family College has become an internationally recognized destination for music professionals and music educators.

Transform your music education career at HFC!

Taking the time to properly research the benefits of earning a master’s degree in music education is an important part of deciding whether an M.M. is right for you. A significant investment, an M.M. presents music educators with the opportunity to further their knowledge base, advance in a career in the field and experience personal satisfaction.

If you are interested in joining a community of driven, passionate experts at HFC, I encourage you to request more information or start your online application today!


Are you interested in learning more about HFC's graduate Music Education Program? Download The Kodály Approach to Music Education!

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Topics: Music Education

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