Music Education

Master of Music (MM)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Master Of Music, Doctor Of Musical Arts

All applicants to the MM and DMA in Music Education are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation (see the USC online application for instructions on how to submit).

The Master of Music program provides music educators with courses that will rigorously improve their scholarship, research, and practice in the field. We welcome applications from national and international students. In addition, we aim to accommodate local students who wish to maintain their full-time teaching jobs, offering alternative schedules, such as classes in the evenings and summers. The degree offers a seamless transition into the DMA in Music Education, with credit being applied for most courses taken at the Master level. For further information on applications, contact Thornton Admissions at uscmusic@usc.edu or (213) 740-8986 or (800) 872-2213. For additional information on the program, contact Dr. Susan Helfter, Chair of Music Education, at helfter@usc.edu or (213) 740-3129.

The Doctor of Musical Arts in music education at USC equips future college and university professors to train music teachers who can meet the challenges of increasingly diverse and technologically-proficient communities, while being able to rigorously participate in the public debate on the value and roles of music and music education. Students have the opportunity to intern with university professors in music education methodology classes, including and going beyond traditional models and formal public school education. Scholarship skills are rigorously developed through studies in music education research, history, philosophy, sociology and psychology. Students will acquire writing and design skills for a wide range of multimedia publications, while being able to pursue a choice of research activities or cutting-edge creative work that will enable them to lead our profession to new heights. In addition, students have the opportunity to minor in two additional fields within or outside of music. We welcome applications from national and international students. In addition, we aim to accommodate local students who wish to maintain their full-time teaching jobs, offering alternative schedules, such as classes in the evenings and summers. For further information on applications, contact Thornton Admissions at uscmusic@usc.edu or (213) 740-8986 or (800) 872-2213. For additional information on the program, contact Dr. Susan Helfter, Chair of Music Education, at helfter@usc.edu.

Applicants to the MM or DMA in Music Education will include a statement of objectives, curriculum vitae and writing sample (which should consist of a literature review, essay, or research report in the Music Education field) to be uploaded to the Thornton Slideroom portal. The curriculum vitae should list musical, professional and academic experience, including job descriptions regarding 2 years of teaching experience for MM applicants or 3 years of teaching experience for DMA applicants (whether private, public or studio teaching) and particulars of a Bachelor and/or Master of Music in Music Education or equivalent.

Music Education applicants also will upload a video recording of the applicant teaching for the purpose of evaluating the applicant’s teaching skills and level of experience. The video recording should be approximately 15 minutes in length. Recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall Slideroom portal” by the December 1st deadline. (Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by November 1 to allow greater time for faculty review.) Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

For instructions on how to access the Slideroom portal to submit your recording click HERE

Please Note: GRE scores are required for both the MM in Music Education and the DMA in Music Education.