Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs

New York State requires that teachers seeking professional certification in the state complete a master’s degree within five years of their initial certification. Thus, students may want to begin graduate study immediately after graduation with the bachelor’s degree.

Qualified students who wish to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in music education within five calendar years may be able to do so with careful planning and by attending summer sessions. Qualified students in the four-and-one-half-year program may complete their bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in music education in five-and-one-half or six years. Any student interested in these opportunities should consult with the chair of graduate studies in music at the end of the junior year.

Undergraduate students will need to apply for the master’s degree, complete all application procedures, and hold a minimum GPA of 3.00. Please note that students must make formal application to the graduate program and be accepted in order to pursue the master’s degree. Graduate-level music education core courses (MUED 68000 and MUED 68200) may not be taken until formal acceptance into the graduate program.

Below are suggested plans of study for each of the bachelor’s programs.

Five-Year Combined Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education

Summer Following Senior Year
Graduate electives 17
Fifth Year — Fall Semester
MUTH 65200Bibliography and Research in Music3
Graduate electives 14
Major instrument1
Ensemble (or performance minor)1
Fifth Year — Spring Semester
MUED 68000Psychology of Music Teaching3
MUED 65400Process-Folio and Presentation 21
MUED 54000Materials and Rehearsal Techniques for the Public School Wind Band2
or MUED 54100 Choral Rehearsal and Vocal Techniques
Major instrument1
Ensemble (or performance minor)1
Graduate electives 11
Summer Following Fifth Year
MUED 68200Seminar in Music Education3
MUED 65500Process-Folio and Presentation 31
Major instrument1
Total Credits30

Combined Bachelor of Music Education and Performance and Master of Music Education - Option A

Fall (Ninth Semester) — With Approval of Graduate Chair
MUTH 65200Bibliography and Research in Music3
Spring Following Ninth Semester
Graduate electives 14
MUED 54000Materials and Rehearsal Techniques for the Public School Wind Band2
or MUED 54100 Choral Rehearsal and Vocal Techniques
Major instrument2
Ensemble (or performance minor)1
Summer Session
MUED 68000Psychology of Music Teaching3
MUED 65400Process-Folio and Presentation 21
Graduate electives 15
Fall Semester
MUED 68200Seminar in Music Education3
MUED 65500Process-Folio and Presentation 31
Graduate electives 13
Major instrument1
Ensemble (or performance minor)1
Total Credits30

Combined Bachelor of Music Education and Performance and Master of Music Education - Option B

Spring Following Ninth Semester
Graduate electives 13
MUED 54000Materials and Rehearsal Techniques for the Public School Wind Band2
or MUED 54100 Choral Rehearsal and Vocal Techniques
Major instrument1
Ensemble (or performance minor)1
Summer Session
MUTH 65200Bibliography and Research in Music3
Graduate electives 13
Fall Semester
Graduate electives 13
Major instrument1
Ensemble (or performance minor)1
Spring Semester
MUED 68000Psychology of Music Teaching3
MUED 65400Process-Folio and Presentation 21
Major instrument1
Graduate electives 13
Summer Session
MUED 68200Seminar in Music Education3
MUED 65500Process-Folio and Presentation 31
Total Credits30