May 21, 2018  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education

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Music Education, B-12

A degree leading to professional certification in Music Education

This program is for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in music education and wish to earn a master’s degree with a focus on music education.

With rapidly changing requirements and assessments in the public and private educational system, the music education degree programs at Nazareth College are actively engaged in addressing these evolving needs. Music Education students must be involved in knowing and maintaining a pre-existing fixed body of knowledge to preserve while continuing to incorporate new ideas and knowledge into the discipline through the use of new technologies and expanding bodies of musical repertoire and skills. The curriculum of the Music Education Program is designed to offer students advanced instruction in curriculum, pedagogy, musicianship, research methods, and various topics in both music and music education. Additionally, the program addresses the needs of the music educator by providing an opportunity for personal growth in musicianship through courses in music history, music theory, and applied music study.

A number of courses are offered in “hybrid format” (a combination of in-class and on-line instruction), to better accommodate the schedules of our graduate students.

Program Director
Mary C. Carlson, Ph.D.
(585) 389-2697

Entry Requirements  

  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Completion of the professional statement as described on the application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Applicant must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0 and a “B” average in the major field by the start date of the desired term.
      • An applicant who does not meet these grade point average expectations must address them in his/her professional statement; please see the Professional Statement section of the admissions application for further information.
  4. A live audition on the candidate’s major instrument (*Please see information on upcoming audition dates)
  5. Copy of verification of teacher certification from the TEACH system
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. Resume

*Upcoming Graduate Music Education Audition Dates

o Thursday, October 3, 2013 (October 1 application deadline)
o Thursday, April 3, 2014 (April 1 application deadline)

Auditions will begin at 5 PM. The auditions should be 10 to 15 minutes in length representing at least two different composers and styles. A variety of tempos are suggested. Vocalists should include music in three languages, including English. As part of the audition the Department of Music  faculty will briefly interview each candidate.

Accompanying the admissions application materials is an audition request form that must be completed and returned at least two weeks before the audition date. The audition must be completed prior to the application deadline.

Certification required for admission: Initial or Provisional certification in Music Education

Program leads to: Professional or Permanent certification in Music Education   

Applying for Teacher Certification through New York State
Teacher candidates use the NYS TEACH system to apply for Initial and Professional certifications and need to pay the fees in effect at the time they apply. New York requires all teacher candidates to have a fingerprint/background check on file with TEACH, pass all appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations <> and have the appropriate years of teaching experience. New York State Education Department maintains a website with certification requirements:

Teacher candidates adding an additional certification will need to take the appropriate Content Specialty Test in their new area of certification only.

Note – the CSTs are in the process of being revised and phased in starting in Spring 2014. If you pass the current CST before the new CST test is available it will be accepted. Monitor the NYSTCE website for sample tests, guides and the availability of revised Content Specialty Tests (CST)

During a teacher candidate’s final semester, information on the certification application process will be sent via email. Additional support may be obtained by contacting Nazareth College Teacher Certification Office at (585) 389-2592 or by email, or

Application Deadlines:
March 1 for Summer Term
April 1 for Fall Term
October 1 for Spring Term
Applications received after the stated deadline will be processed on a space-available basis.

Music Education Program Courses (6 credits)

Music Education Electives (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits of Electives:
*Minimum 6 credits of PEDAGOGY-CONTENT Linked Courses required
*No minimum credit requirement for NON PEDAGOGY-CONTENT Linked Courses

Pedagogy-Content Linked Elective Course Options

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits in pedagogy-content linked courses as part of the Elective requirement.

Non Pedagogy-Content Linked Elective Course Options

There is no minimum credit requirement for non pedagogy-linked content courses; non pedagogy courses are an optional component of fulfilling the 15 credit elective requirement. Students who choose applied music courses to fulfill a 3 credit hour elective must complete all courses in the sequence (MED601, MED602, MED603, MED600).

Music Education Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

MED 690 and MED 699 must be taken concurrently


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