Master of Arts in Music Education

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). UH Mānoa, with over 20,000 students, is the main campus of the state-supported university system and is located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

The Music Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa offers the Master of Arts in Music Education. The MA in Music Education degree can be earned in the Track 1 or Track 2 programs. The Track 1 program (delivered in both hybrid and online form) is intended for those individuals who have attained a BEd or comparable degree and are currently teaching in the public or private school. Track 1 is also offered in the online Master of Arts in Music Education, for those whose circumstances preclude the more traditional campus residency route.

The Track 2 program is for individuals who have attained an undergraduate degree in music, but lack a music teaching license, previous teaching experience, or both.

Track 1 MA in Music Education program:

  • Undergraduate degree in music education (or Post-Baccalaureate Licensure)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • One year of fulltime music teaching experience
  • Intermediate computer skills (internet usage, saving, printing, copying, word processing); Reliable internet access, Internet Browser version 4.0 or higher.

Track 2 MA in Music Education program:

  • Undergraduate degree in music (BA or BM)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

See the following pages for application information:

Send materials to:

University of Hawai‘i
Graduate Admissions Office
Spalding 354
2540 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: 808-956-8544
Email: admissions@grad.hawaii.edu

Send the following to the Music Department:

  1. Graduate Program Statement of Objectives Form
  2. One (1) official transcript for each post-secondary institution attended. [Note: Photocopies are not acceptable. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to the University of Hawaii.]
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation of which one (1) must be from a current or former supervisor, principal or administrator.
  4. Track 1
    Each applicant must submit a video demonstrating current (within last two years) classroom teaching expertise before the application deadline. Suggested minimum length of the videotape/DVD is 20–30 minutes. Applicants may include segments from more than one class session or rehearsal. A lesson or rehearsal plan must be included with the demonstration video. This video serves as the general examination (part 3) for music education applicants.Video can be sent by any of the following methods:

    • DVD (DVD will not be returned unless a SASE is provided by the student with the application materials sent to the music department).
    • Saved in a USB flash drive (Flash drive will not be returned unless a SASE is provided by the student with the application materials sent to the music department).
    • Upload a video into Dropbox.com and then email the link to Kathleen Kamiya.

    Decisions concerning both requirements and evaluations are made by the music education faculty. For more information, contact Chet-Yeng Loong.

    Track 2
    No videotape/DVD is needed.

Send to:

Music Department Graduate Admissions
2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Applications for fall admission are due January 15
Applications for spring admission are due September 1

Please allow approximately two (2) months for your application to be reviewed once all materials have been submitted. Fall admissions are usually notified by the end of April. Spring admissions are usually notified by the end of November.

Students whose applications are pending may register for classes as a “Post Baccalaureate Unclassified Student.” A maximum of nine (9) credits, taken as an unclassified graduate student may be applied toward the Master’s degree program.

Course of Study

Course
Credits
Required Courses
661 Bibliography* (3 cr)
651 Foundations of Music Education* (3 cr)
6
General Musicianship
It is strongly recommended that the student take one advanced course from at least two of the three areas listed below:

  • Musicology/Ethnomusicology
    • 400 Topics in Music* (1–3 cr)
    • 407 Music Cultures of the World* (3 cr)
    • 46_ Advanced Music Literature (2–3 cr)
    • 472 Sound Systems of World Music (3 cr)
    • 477 History of Rock and Roll* (3 cr)
    • 478_ Musical Cultures (3 cr)
    • 478i Music of Polynesia (3 cr)
    • 66_ Studies in Music Literature (3 cr)
    • 670_ Regional Music (3 cr)
  • Performance
    • 410–419 Ensembles in Western and/or non-Western traditions (1–2 cr)
  • Music Theory/Composition
    • 484 Composition for Music Majors (1 cr)
    • 680_ Studies in Music Theory (3 cr)
6–7
Music Education
Chosen from:
400 Topics in Music* (3 cr)
454 Music in Special Education* (3 cr)
457 Asian and Pacific Music in Education (3 cr)
600f Seminar in Music Education & Internet* (3 cr)
601 Topics: History & Philosophy Music Edu* (3 cr)
601 Topics: Advanced Teaching Practicum* (3 cr)
655 Music in Childhood Education (3 cr)
701b Psychology of Music* (3 cr)
701c Research in Music Education* (3 cr)
750b Music Education Seminar: Childhood (3 cr)
750c Music Education Seminar: Adolescence (3 cr)
750d Music Education Seminar: Major Issues* (3 cr)
9
Plan B Project for Music Education
695 Master’s Plan B Project (3 cr)
A research paper or project and a final written examination focusing on music education.
3
Music Electives
MUS 400 or above, as approved by the advisor
5–6
Minimum Credits in Music 30

* courses available in the on-line program

All students must complete 18 credits of coursework at the 600 level or above, including one course designated as a seminar (excluding 699 and 700).

Important Notice
Applications for full graduate admission to the M.A. programs in music education are currently limited to those who are able to attend courses on UH Mānoa campus. Remote students may still register for online classes through the University of Hawaii Outreach College.

Learn more about our Online option on this page.

Course of Study

Students pursuing the Track 2 program are classified both as post-baccalaureate and graduate students. Prior to admission to the Track 2 program, students must meet the requirements of the COE Post-Baccalaureate Music Certificate in Secondary Education program, listed on this page. Students should meet with Music Education faculty members to discuss expectations and requirements. The fulfillment of the Post-Baccalaureate Music Certificate in Secondary Education is the student’s responsibility.

Track 2 Program Proficiencies:

Students must meet the proficiencies for the following areas prior to admission.

  1. Keyboard Proficiency Exam
    • may enroll in and pass the assigned piano course
  2. Conducting Proficiency
    • may enroll in and pass the assigned conducting class(es); or commensurate experience, as approved by faculty
  3. Instrumental techniques Proficiency (Instrumentalists)
    • may enroll in and pass the assigned technique classes; or commensurate experience, as approved by faculty
  4. Performance Proficiency
    3 options

    1. audition
    2. completion of recital in undergraduate program
    3. two semesters of performance study

In case of proficiencies are not met, additional course work may be required as advised.

Course
Credits
(MA)
Credits
(Licensure)
Music Department Core
661 Bibliography* (3 cr)General Musicianship (6 cr)**
Advanced coursework in at least two areas strongly recommended:

  • Musicology/Ethnomusicology
    • 400 Topics in Music* (1–3 cr)
    • 407 Music Cultures of the World* (3 cr)
    • 46_ Advanced Music Literature (2–3 cr)
    • 472 Sound Systems of World Music (3 cr)
    • 477 History of Rock and Roll* (3 cr)
    • 478_ Musical Cultures (3 cr)
    • 478i Music of Polynesia (3 cr)
    • 66_ Studies in Music Literature (3 cr)
    • 670_ Regional Music (3 cr)
  • Performance
    • 410–419 Ensembles in Western and/or non-Western traditions (1–2 cr)
    • 63_ Graduate Level Applied Music (1–2 cr)
  • Music Theory/Composition
    • 680_, 484 Composition for Music Majors (1 cr)
9
Music Education Core
651 Foundations of Music Education (3 cr)
701c Research in Music Education* (3 cr)
695 Master’s Plan B Project (3 cr)
9
Music Education Topics
454 Music in Special Education* (3 cr) ***Two of the following

  • 457 Asian and Pacific Music in Education (3 cr)
  • 600f Seminar in Music Education & Internet* (3 cr)
  • 601 Topics: History & Philosophy Music Edu* (3 cr)
  • 655 Music in Childhood Education (3 cr)
  • 701b Psychology of Music* (3 cr)
9 ***
Methods Courses
354 + 354L General Music Methods (4 cr)
355 + 355L Instrumental Music Methods (4 cr)
356 + 356L Choral Music Methods (4 cr)
451 Perspectives on K–12 Music Education (2 cr)Electives (3 cr) ***
Advanced courses (400 & above), as advised (e.g., 450, 457, etc.)Ensembles (credits not counted towards degree)
Minimum of two 400-level ensemble credits, as advised
3

14

***

College of Education
EDEF 610 Foundations of Education Theory (3 cr)
EDEP 631 Adolescence & Education (3 cr)
ITE 440 Multicultural Education (3 cr)

Student Teaching

ITE 405 Student Teaching (6 cr)
ITE 406 Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr)
 18
Minimum Credits 30 32
TOTAL Credits 62

** More applied lessons and/or performance ensembles may be advised for further musical development.

*** Completion of these courses is required for licensure, but not included in the total credits.

All students must complete 18 credits of coursework at the 600 level or above, including one course designated as a seminar (excluding 699 and 700).

Below is a tentative schedule of upcoming courses in the Music Education area.

  • Fall Semester 2015
    • 600f Music Education Seminar (3) (ONLINE)
    • 457 Asian and Pacific Music in Education (3)
    • 46_ Advanced Music Literature (2–3 cr)
    • 478_ Musical Cultures (3 cr)
    • 410–419 Ensembles in Western and/or non-Western Traditions (1–2 cr)
    • 63_ Graduate Level Applied Music (1–2 cr)
    • 670_ Regional Music (3 cr)
    • 695 Plan B Master’s Project in Music Education
  • Spring Semester 2016
    • 600f Seminar, “Music Education, Technology and the Internet Today” (3) (ONLINE)
    • 601 World Music in Education (3)
    • 454 Music in Special Education (3)
    • 46_ Advanced Music Literature (2–3 cr)
    • 478_ Musical Cultures (3 cr)
    • 410–419 Ensembles in Western and/or non-Western Traditions (1–2 cr)
    • 63_ Graduate Level Applied Music (1–2 cr)
    • 670_ Regional Music (3 cr)
    • 695 Plan B Master’s Project in Music Education
  • Summer Semester 2016
    • 407 Music Cultures of the World (3 cr) (ONLINE)
    • 477 History of Rock and Roll (3 cr) (ONLINE)
    • 478i Musical Cultures Polynesia (3 ct)
    • 400 Topics in Music (1–3 cr)
  • Fall Semester 2016
    • 651 Foundations of Music Education (3 cr)
    • 451 Perspectives in K–12 Music Education (2 cr)
      Restriction
    • 46_ Advanced Music Literature (2–3 cr)
    • 478_ Musical Cultures (3 cr)
    • 410-419 Ensembles in Western and/or non-Western traditions (1–2 cr)
    • 63_ Graduate Level Applied Music (1–2 cr)
    • 670_ Regional Music (3 cr)
    • 695 Plan B Master’s Project in Music Education
  • Spring Semester 2017
    • 601 Practice, Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education (3 cr)
    • 46_ Advanced Music Literature (2–3 cr)
    • 478_ Musical Cultures (3 cr)
    • 410–419 Ensembles in Western and/or non-Western traditions (1–2 cr)
    • 63_ Graduate Level Applied Music (1–2 cr)
    • 670_ Regional Music (3 cr)
    • 695 Plan B Master’s Project in Music Education
  • Summer Semester 2016
    • 407 Music Cultures of the World (ONLINE)
    • 477 History of Rock and Roll (ONLINE)
    • 478i Musical Cultures Polynesia
    • 400 Topics in Music (1–3 cr)

All master’s students in music education must submit their Plan B projects in a hard copy and as a digital file to their Music Department adviser. Students must include a completed Plan B Non-Exclusive Distribution License with submission of the final form of the project. Upon receipt of that form and of the completed study, we will arrange to post the Plan B project at Scholar Space, Collections in the Music Department.

Any student who graduated prior to Spring 2011 but is willing to fill out and submit the Plan B Non-Exclusive Distribution License may also give permission for his/her project to be posted at the Scholar Space site. These students must send the completed form to the Graduate Secretary, Ms. Kathy Kamiya. Once the digitization process has taken place, the Graduate Chair will send a PDF file of the project to its author provided the Music Department has a current email address.

Download the Plan B Non-Exclusive Distribution License.

Music Schools and Departments accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) must administer a “graduate student diagnostic examination” in music theory and music history. These exams are administered AFTER you have been accepted into the Master of Arts degree program.

These exams will include questions and skills at approximately a college sophomore level in theory and history. Should you fail any portion of the exams, you will need to enroll in remedial coursework and/or take the exam again (see Graduate Diagnostic Examination).

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