M.S. in Music Education

Joint Program with the College of Education, Information and Technology

To teach music is to introduce children to an art form that is basic to all of humanity. But the benefits of music education go far beyond learning to sing, play and appreciate music. Cognitive development, fine motor skills, cultural awareness and increased intellectual capacity all progress from the study of music. Music education combines the joy of artistic expression with the challenge and rewards of classroom instruction.

The Master of Science in Music Education prepares students to be professional music teachers who work with children of all ages, from infants, toddlers and preschoolers to elementary, middle and high school students in New York State. The program includes a semester of student teaching in elementary and secondary schools as well as comprehensive coursework in the social and psychological aspects of teaching and modern educational methods and materials. Students who elect to waive student teaching are required to take an additional 6 credits in lieu of student teaching and pass a comprehensive examination.

A joint program of the LIU Post College of Education, Information and Technology and School of Visual and Performing Arts, the M.S. in Music Education offers two plans of study: a 42-credit plan for initial teaching certification by the New York State Education Department and a 36- credit plan leading to professional certification, for students with a significant background in education.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Music Education must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit an Application fee: (non-refundable)
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended
  • Have an undergraduate major in music or music education or must have a minimum of 36 credits in music classes
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate studies or successful completion of another master’s degree
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program
  • Submit a personal statement that addresses reasons for pursuing graduate work in this area of study
  • Appear before a faculty member or panel, either individually or as a participant in a group situation, for assessment of interpersonal and musicianship skills
  • Submit a current résumé
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Requirements for these programs are listed under the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education, Information and Technology section of this bulletin.

Send application materials to:
Graduate Admissions Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300

For the Plan of Study for the M.S. in Music Education, please see the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in this bulletin.


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean