Music Teaching and Learning

Master of Music – Music Teaching and Learning


The goal of this professional degree is to prepare the student for an advanced level of pre-college teaching and leadership in the music education profession by developing core knowledge and expertise in pedagogical skills and scholarship. It provides a seamless transition into the DMA in Music Teaching and Learning, with most units being transferable to the DMA requirements.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Applied Music (4 units)

These units are to be earned by choosing from the following: individual instruction (lessons); courses in conducting, composition or arranging; or ensemble. Individual instruction and ensembles must be at the 500 level. Conducting, composition, and arranging courses must be at the 400 or 500 level. (4 units)

Program Intensive Courses (11 units)

MUED 500 Research Foundations in Music Education (3 units)
MUED 505 Teaching and Learning Music (2 units)
Two of the following courses:
MUED 501 Historical Foundations of Music Education (3 units)
MUED 502 Sociological Foundations of Music (3 units)
MUED 503 Philosophical Foundations of Music Education (3 units)
MUED 504 Psychological Foundations of Music (3 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (8 units)

MUCD 441 Choral Conducting II or
MUCD 443 Instrumental Conducting II (2 units)
MUCO 501 Introduction to the Analysis of Tonal Music or
MUCO 502 Introduction to the Analysis of Post-Tonal Music (2 units)
MUHL 5__ 500 level Music History electives (two 2-unit courses)

Electives (3 units)

400 or 500 level music courses (3 units)

Capstone Projects (4 units)

MUED 594ab Master’s Thesis or
MUED 590 Directed Research and
MUED 592 Final Project (two 2-unit courses)
Comprehensive Review

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical graduate credit load is eight units per semester.

Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) are administered during Orientation Week just prior to the start of your program. See the MGEE page for more information.