Master of Music in Music Education (MM/ME) in Cambridge MA Longy School of Music of Bard College
Longy’s in-person Master of Music in Music Education degree was built for experienced performers like you who want a powerful graduate studies program rooted in socially engaged and culturally responsive music education for the classroom. Graduate with your Master’s in just one year, plus we’ll prepare you for initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts public schools! This program will broaden your skillset and possibly help you secure a stable job in the public schools. The program is open to inspired artists from all musical backgrounds—classical, pop, world, folk, jazz, instrumental, vocal, conducting, and more.
The MM/ME curriculum explores the pedagogy foundational to the El Sistema teaching programs that are changing the lives of children in underserved communities through intensive music instruction. You’ll gain immediate experience, working with underserved youth in Greater Boston-area public schools and El Sistema-inspired sites. Plus, you’ll have full access to the resources of Longy’s conservatory campus, including studio lessons, ensembles, and performance opportunities in a musically rich, supportive environment.
Duration: 1 year
Historical Foundations in Music Education
Creating Music in the Music Classroom
Learning by Design: Music Curriculum and Assessment
Choral Methods and Repertoire
Brass and Woodwinds Methods
Pre-Practicum (with local pre-K-12 school internship placements)
Technology in Music Education
Culturally Responsive Music Education: Teaching for Social Justice
Creative Approaches to Music Education
Adaptive Music Methods
Student Teaching Seminar
Student Teaching (full-semester pre-K internships)
Teaching is much more than a profession; it is a calling. Many music educators enter the field hoping to instill a love of music in others. Some wish to give students the opportunities they wish they had themselves growing up, to ensure that all students have access to a quality music education, regardless of where students come from. Still others want to feel content in their professional lives, hoping to do more with the gifts they have been given.
Regardless of your “why,” consider Longy as a path to get you there. The one-year, research-based, on-campus Master of Music in Music Education program is designed with teaching artists and musicians in mind. With a focus on social justice, access, equity and inclusion in pre-K-12 music education, the program prepares all students to successfully enter the field of music education as practicing educators ready to make their mark in public and private schools, as well as community organizations around the world.
With an eye towards the future of schooling, our progressive faculty prepare students to successfully meet the needs of both national education mandates and pre-K-12 students. Upon graduation, students are poised to become pre-K-12 certified experts and leaders in the field of music education, where they serve as models of culturally responsive and relevant teaching in today’s schools. There is no time better than the present to turn your “why” into “why not?” Let us give you the tools to help you get there! We look forward to welcoming you into our community!
Scholarships and Funding
We pledge to remove financial barriers. When we award scholarships, we’re looking to the breadth of each candidate’s experiences and their potential to contribute, both artistically and personally. In Fall 2020, every student in Longy’s incoming class received institutional financial support—because we invest in musicians who strive to make a difference in the world.For more information please visit Longy's page on Scholarship and Financial Aid.
At Longy, we prepare students to become exceptional musicians who can engage new audiences; teach anyone, anywhere; and use artistry to change lives in communities around the world.
This is what makes an ideal student at Longy:
- Transform lives through the power of music
- Have joy making and sharing music with others
- Growth as a teaching artist
- Willingness to be honest and use self-assessment
- Respect for individuals
- Become apart of a diverse and supportive community
- Use creativity of thought and innovation
- Allow freedom to explore new things in music
- Become an advocate for the arts
English Language Requirements
Certify your English proficiency with the Duolingo English Test! The DET is a convenient, fast, and affordable online English test accepted by over 4,000 universities (like this one) around the world.