M.A. degree program in education: music teacher (all grades)
HEGIS code 0832
NYS SED program code 26816

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The Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Department of Secondary Education, offers a master of arts degree in education for Music teachers (all grades). The New York State Education Department licenses graduates of registered teacher education programs who meet the state requirements for teachers.

The master of arts, music teacher degree is for certified music educators who are working towards their permanent certification. Students in the M.A., music teacher program have the opportunity to explore musical topics beyond the realm of music education by participating in graduate seminars in music history, music theory, performance practice, and conservatory ensembles, while taking advanced courses in the history and theory of music education. 30 credits in graduate level music courses are required. (Graduate level School of Education courses may be used as electives.) Students can either complete a thesis or education project, or complete 33 credits without a project. All students should consult with the School of Education for the current requirements.

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Admission Requirements

Department Music, Conservatory of
Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline April 15th - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. Photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate

5. A brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.


1. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .

In addition, applicants must demonstrate acceptable performance on primary instrument and attend interview with Music Education coordinator. GRE required.

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please read the instructions in the link http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/education/certification/fingerprints.php, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at HSpencer@brooklyn.cuny.edu
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements
In addition to meeting the general matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies, applicants must hold either a B.A. in music teaching or a B.Mus. in music education. Also eligible to apply are (a) students holding other music bachelor's degrees with sufficient course work in education and music education to be permitted to take student teaching, or (b) students holding a bachelor's degree with at least 36 credits in music courses, including an array of analysis, counterpoint, harmony, history, conducting, performance, education, and music education courses sufficient for admission to student teaching in music. Requirements for student teaching are available from the coordinator of music education.

Applicants must submit a copy of their New York State teaching certificate. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. International applicants for whom English is a second language must have attained a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, to be considered for admission.

Applicants must pass a performance audition and music education interview and submit a portfolio including such items as résumé, writing sample, and evidence of teaching experience.

A placement examination covering music history, theory,and analysis is given to all applicants for admission. Further information about the examination is available from the assistant director of the Conservatory of Music.

The student's program must be planned and approved by the coordinator of music education and approved by the assistant director. Courses in the conservatory offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Degree requirements
Thirty to 33 credits are required for the degree.

The following courses are required:

1. Music U7400G.

2. One course chosen from Music U7601G-U7606G, Music 7631G, U7650X, 7651X, 7850X or 7860X.

3. One course chosen from Music 7632G, 7641X, 7642X.

4. Two courses chosen from Music 7700X through 7781X.

5. One course chosen from Education [724.12T], Music 7000G, or Music 7010T.

6. Music 7201X and 7170T.

7. One course chosen from Music 7101X, 7121X, 7122X, 7150T, 7633X.

8. Four credits in music, music performance (studio lessons and/or ensembles), music education, or education electives.

9. Thesis (Music U7930X) or Music Education Master's Project (Music 7920T) or an additional 6 credits in music, music performance (studio lessons and/or ensembles), music education, or education electives.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination. Information about requirements for the comprehensive examination is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Graduate Bulletin.