Music

M.S. in Music Education (Birth to Grade 12)


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.

A joint program of the LIU Post College of Education, Information and Technology and School of Performing Arts, the M.S. in Music Education offers two plans of study: a 33-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.

Qualities that Set Our Program Apart

  • You will work with some of the most talented and successful musicians and teachers in the New York metro area. Our faculty members are active musicians and teachers, and they represent some of the most cutting-edge and high profile people in the profession. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Our proximity to New York City and connection to Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post will give you direct access to a wide variety of outstanding professional music-making in the form of concerts, workshops, master classes and collaborative projects. Recent musical artists who have worked with our students include: the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chanticleer Choral Ensemble, Shanghai String Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, United States "President's Own" Marine Band, New York Voices, United States Air Force Band, guitarist David Leisner, flutist Sir James Galway, jazz artist Paquito D'Rivera, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  • You will develop your real-world teaching and networking skills through PreK-16 partnerships with local schools and community music programs.
  • You will have an opportunity to make music as a soloist, chamber musician and large ensemble member both on campus, and as part of our domestic and international touring program.
  • Music majors can become members of the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (CNAfME), which promotes excellence in music teaching and learning through its outreach programs, national and international guest speakers, and conference participation.
  • As a graduate of our Music Education Program you will be a competent, qualified and caring music educator, fully prepared to seek and obtain a music teaching position.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Have an undergraduate major in music or music education or must have a minimum of 30 credits in music classes
  • Have a Bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate studies or successful completion of another master's degree
  • Submit an Application for Admission
  • Submit an Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Submit official copies of undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any colleges or universities attende
  • Submit General GRE (Graduate Record Examination – Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing) scores. Scores cannot be more than five years old at the time of the application
  • Submit a personal statement that addresses reasons for pursuing graduate work in this area of study
  • Submit a current résumé
  • Appear before a faculty member or panel, either individually or as a participant in a group situation, for assessment of interpersonal and musicianship skills. If an applicant's location makes it difficult to meet a faculty member or panel during the application process, he or she may be conditionally accepted on a limited matriculated basis, with full matriculation dependent on the results of the required personal interview and assessment of interpersonal and musicianship skills to be done at a later date
  • 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, the required minimum IELTS score is 6.5

Application materials should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300

Additional information about the Master of Science in Music Education can be found on the Department of Curriculum & Instruction web pages.

M.S. in Music Education – Initial Certification Program

This Master of Science in Music Education program 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.

Students in the Initial Certification Program are required to:

  1. participate in at least two Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) sponsored on-campus music education workshops.
  2. participate in the Rompertunes early childhood music education program.
  3. successfully complete 100 hours of pre-student teaching field observation.
  4. meet the requirements of the pre-student teaching eligibility portfolio and Interview.
  5. complete NY State teaching certification examinations prior to graduation.
  6. meet the requirements of the exit portfolio.

Details concerning the above requirements are available from the director of music education.

After you complete all degree requirements, successfully pass New York State Licensure tests (EAS, CST and edTPA) and you have completed all seminars listed below, you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by NYSED.

Initial Certification Program Courses
Required Education Courses
A grade of "B-" or higher is required for all education courses.
EDI 600 Psychological Foundations of Education 3.00
EDI 601 Social Foundations of American Education 3.00
EDI 677 Curriculum Development 3.00
EDI 711 Supervised Student Teaching & Seminar (All Grades) 6.00
Required Education Seminars
CATX 100 Child Abuse Identification & Reporting 0.00
DASK 100 Dignity in Schools Act 0.00
EDUX 100 Project S.A.V.E. – Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act 0.00
EDUX 200 Preventing Child Abduction; Safety Education; Fire & Arson 0.00
EDUX 300 Preventing Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Substance Abuse 0.00
Classroom Methods
MUS 634 Enhancing Literacy Through Teaching Music in Special Education 3.00
MUS 651 Teaching Music in the Elementary School 3.00
Conducting
Two credits from the following:
MUS 630 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 679A Studio Lessons: Advanced Conducting 1.00
MUS 679B Studio Lessons: Advanced Conducting 2.00
Keyboard and Musicianship Skills
MUS 633 Musicianship for Music Teachers 2.00
Music Technology
MUS 673 Technology and Music Education 2.00
Additional Requirements for the Instrumental Music Track
MUS 638 Instrumental Music Methods 3.00
Three courses from the following:
MUS 635 Brass Methods 1.00
MUS 636 Percussion Methods 1.00
MUS 637 Woodwind Methods 1.00
MUS 639 String Methods 1.00
Additional Requirements for the Vocal Music Track
MUS 548 Vocal Pedagogy 2.00
MUS 662 Secondary Choral Music Methods 3.00
MUS 783E Piano for Music Teachers 1.00
Required Initial Certification Program Culminating Experience
You can choose one of three culminating experiences from the following:
Exit Portfolio. Required if applying for teacher certification. 0.00
Comprehensive Exam 0.00
EDI 705 Thesis Seminar 3.00

Credit and GPA Requirements for the Initial Certification Program
Minimum Total Credits: 33
Minimum Music (MUS) Overall GPA: 3.00
Minimum Education (EDI) GPA: 2.67


M.S. in Music Education – Professional Certification Program

This 36-credit program is open to applicants with a significant background in education. If you are a certified teacher with three years of teaching experience, upon completion of the program you will be eligible to apply for Professional Teaching Certification by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Professional Certification Program Courses
Required Music Education Pedagogy Courses
EDI 603 Advanced Topics in Psychology of Teaching 3.00
EDI 606 Contemporary Issues in American Education 3.00
EDI 642 Contemporary Philosophy Of Education 3.00
EDI 643 Education for Cultural Diversity 3.00
EDI 677 Curriculum Development for the Classroom Teacher 3.00
EDI 700 Introduction to Educational Research 3.00
Elective Music Courses
Students are required to complete nine credits in Music in the 500, 600, or 700 series of MUS courses.
Elective Music Education Courses
Nine credits from the following:
MUS 548 Vocal Pedagogy 2.00
MUS 630 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 632 Graduate Music Teaching & Learning Seminar 1.00
MUS 633 Musicianship for Music Teachers 2.00
MUS 634 Ennhancing Literacy Through Teaching Music in Special Education 3.00
MUS 635 Brass Methods 1.00
MUS 636 Percussion Methods 1.00
MUS 637 Woodwind Methods 1.00
MUS 638 Instrumental Music Methods 3.00
MUS 639 String Methods 1.00
MUS 651 Teaching Music in the Elementary School 3.00
MUS 662 Secondary Choral Music Methods 3.00
MUS 673 Technology and Music Education 2.00
MUS 679A Studio Lessons: Advanced Conducting 1.00
MUS 679B Studio Lessons: Advanced Conducting 2.00
Required Professional Certification Culminating Experience
You can choose one of two culminating experiences from the following:
Comprehensive Exam 0.00
EDI 705 Thesis Seminar 3.00

Credit and GPA Requirements for the Professional Certification Program
Minimum Total Credits: 36
Minimum Music (MUS) Overall GPA: 3.00
Minimum Education (EDI) GPA: 2.67


CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean