Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with prior M.S.) 90 (with prior B.S.)
Become a preeminent leader in the field of music education.
With individual mentorship and guidance, our Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education prepares you for a career in higher education, capitalizes on your current knowledge and skills and broadens your perspectives through research.

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Why earn a degree in Music Education?

You'll explore a wide range of areas, such as:

  • Pedagogy in practice
  • Philosophical foundations and principles of music teaching
  • Psychology of music
  • Research and measurement
  • Sociology of music

You can also enroll in courses offered by other academic departments to enrich your knowledge base. These courses, chosen in consultation with your advisor, prepare you for the final dissertation and guide you toward expertise in a related area.

Marketable Skills
  • Independently research and interpret data
  • Advanced oral and written communication
  • Advanced pedagogical practices
  • Understanding of current educational trends
  • Advanced research methods

Music Education Ph.D. Highlights

Throughout the degree plan, you'll have multiple opportunities to develop teaching skills at the college level. Ph.D. students assist professors teaching undergraduate courses for Music Education majors and undergraduate music courses for non-music majors.
Ph.D. students can take advantage of teaching opportunities in the Early Childhood Music Program (ages 0-5), the Start Up the Band program (ages 10-12), the Adopt a Singer program (ages 11-14) and the New Horizons Senior Band (ages 50+).
Faculty members have also published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, written or contributed to textbooks and presented at regional, national and international conferences.
The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence. Its facilities include more than 300 practice rooms, seven performance halls, numerous classrooms, rehearsal rooms and computer labs.
Each month, Ph.D. students meet with faculty members to discuss special topics related to career preparation. Through interaction with peers at various stages of degree completion, you can prepare for research presentations at local, state and national conferences.

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Music Education Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Qualitative Research in Music (3 hrs)
Provides the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting naturalistic research in music settings, and focuses on design, sampling, observation, interviewing, analysis, interpretation and reporting. Includes the concepts and procedures related to case studies, ethnographies, grounded theory and other forms of qualitative inquiry.
Music Supervision (3 hrs)
Organization and duties; improving instruction; demonstration teaching; public department curricula. Supervisor’s relation to community; ethics.
History of Music Education in the United States (3 hrs)
From 1620 to present; leading personalities, indigenous and black music, musical trends and concepts in music education.
Principles of Music Learning (3 hrs)
Principles of music learning with specific attention to the process of learning musical skills and concepts. Included are the application of such learning theories as behaviorism and developmentalism to music, and such specific musical learning theories as those of Gordon, Orff, Kodaly and Suzuki.
Sociology of Music (3 hrs)
Interrelationship of music and society in the United States. Current uses of music; musical professions; economic aspects of music; research in the sociology of music.
Systematic Measurement of Music Behaviors (3 hrs)
Measurement with specific applications to the field of music, including music achievement, attitude preference, aptitude, perception, interaction, and music teacher behavior and effectiveness. Principles of measure creation, administration and analysis.

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