Online and Online/Hybrid Master's in Music Education

In today's professional climate, Mason can boast nearly a 100% placement rate for our music education graduates.

Providing a high-quality education is key to our mission at Mason, and our online courses are designed and taught by experienced Mason faculty who are well-versed in the areas of teaching and scholarship.

Here at Mason, we are dedicated to providing academic choices for today's music educators, and our graduate program offers full online degrees with thesis and non-thesis options. Hybrid options include the same high-quality online courses combined with on campus Orff and Kodaly coursework offered during the summer semesters. We offer maximum flexibility, which allows you to complete the degree at your own pace. The choice is yours!

Degree Options Include:

  • Online Master’s Degree: Non-Thesis Option
  • Online Master’s Degree: Thesis Option
  • Hybrid Online Master’s Degree: Kodaly Option
  • Hybrid Online Master’s Degree: Orff Option

Questions?

If you would like more in-depth information about the program, email Dr. Charles Ciorba, the program director, to set up an online meeting.

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No Placement Exams Required
for entrance to the degree program
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No Exit Exam Required
for graduation.

The Advantages of Studying Online


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Convenience
Designed for working professionals

The Online Master of Music in Music Education is designed for busy working professionals.

You can pursue the program at the pace that makes the most sense for you and your life. This 30-credit program offers two fully online degree options (thesis and non-thesis), and two hybrid options which offer specialization in Kodaly or Orff methodology.

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Cost Savings
In-state tuition regardless of location

Designed to offer our students the best value, no matter where you are in the United States or abroad, students who elect to complete their degree online pay Virginia in-state tuition rates.

Note:

When applying for the online or online/hybrid Master's degree in Music Education, be sure to choose the MOL (Master's Online) option.


Portfolio

Once students near the completion of the program, they will be required to submit a comprehensive electronic portfolio for final examination. Each portfolio will include a collection of student selected artifacts, as a reflection of their best work. Students will have the opportunity to (a) reflect on their growth over time and (b) determine how to apply their newly established knowledge in the classroom. This process will allow students to apply higher level understanding/thinking skills when considering the teaching and learning process.

Each portfolio must include:

  • An introductory two-page (minimum) statement explaining how the portfolio items will be applied to the student’s daily teaching.
  • A numbered and printed list of works submitted (including the student’s name and the title of the course in which the items were created).
  • 10-15 examples of the work completed during the student’s time in the online program.
  • Each portfolio will contain a variety of student work, including at least one artifact from each of the following areas:
    • Aesthetics (Philosophy) of Music
    • Psychology of Music
    • Research
    • Music History and Literature
    • Music Theory
    • Elective Coursework
    • Orff Coursework (Orff hybrid students only)
    • Kodaly Coursework (Kodaly hybrid students only)
  • Portfolio Assessment
    • Two faculty members, each representing different areas of expertise (e.g., Music Education, Music History and Literature, Music Theory), will assess each portfolio in a uniform and empirical manner.

What Do Our Online Graduates Have to Say?


Emily Goin - Online Master's Student

“Pursuing my Master of Music Education degree at George Mason has been nothing short of incredible! As a teacher, I wanted a program that would balance challenging me and being manageable to keep up with while I am teaching full-time. This program has done just that. The coursework enlightens my current teaching practices and engages me in thoughtful conversations with GMU faculty and fellow educators. The professors do a great job at honoring your commitment to current full-time teaching while furthering your education at the same time. I highly recommend to all music educators looking to take the next step in their career.”

 

Emily Goin, Henrico County Public Schools, 2022

Daniel Tilman - Online Master's Student

"The online master’s degree program has provided me with the opportunity to think outside of typical day to day teaching responsibilities and consider the big picture. I’m more confident creating long term goals and incorporating best practices for student participation."

 

Daniel Tilman, Fairfax County Public Schools, 2022