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Fredonia’s Master of Music in Music Education degree has provided emerging educators the opportunities to grow both as musicians and teachers. For generations, Fredonia has educated many of New York’s most successful music teachers.  Music has been part of Fredonia’s DNA since its earliest phases as an institution in the 19th century, and the depth and reputation of the program has grown steadily. As a student in the program, you will learn the necessary skills and abilities to become an expert teacher.

At Fredonia, your courses will be divided between music education coursework, theory, history, literature, performance, and research. A National Association of Schools of Music-accredited university, Fredonia has been educating musicians for over a century. Our nurturing, inclusive environment supports individual passion and paths, allowing you to develop your vision and career path with the assistance of our successful music faculty.

Music Education Registration

Effective July 1, 2024, federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to make a determination whether a Title IV eligible academic program that leads to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the U.S. State where the institution is located and the U.S. States where “distance education” students are located at the time of initial enrollment in the program, as well as U.S. States where the program is advertised as meeting such requirements, and if applicable, the U.S. State where students attest they intend to be licensed/certified. The Music Education program at SUNY Fredonia is registered by the New York State Education Department and thus meets the educational requirements for licensure /certification for New York State. Through a good faith effort, and for the purpose of complying with the federal regulation, we have determined that SUNY Fredonia's B.M. and M.M. programs in Music Education meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following U.S. States; however, it is important to note that SUNY Fredonia is not the licensure /certification authority in these U.S. States and cannot assess whether an individual candidate will be issued a license/certificate in these U.S. States and instead it is incumbent on each individual candidate to contact the licensure/certification authority in the applicable U.S. State for any further guidance on the requirements for licensure/certification requirements and application processes.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia graduate programs foster scholarly inquiry, professional research, ethical practice, artistic performance, and practical innovation, encouraging students and faculty to discover lifelong connections between their intellectual and creative aspirations and civic and global opportunities for engagement. Fredonia offers a hybrid format with online and summer course options for working adults. Fredonia graduates are desired, with the vast majority of students being offered employment before graduation.

The program offers four different options for graduates to earn New York State Professional Teaching Certification.  These include:

  • Recital Track - 30 Credit Hours, which requires an audition
  • In-Service Track - 36 Credit Hours
  • Final Project/Thesis Track - 30 Credit Hours

Fredonia also offers a non-certification track for students not interested in earning New York State Teaching Certification, such as international students or teachers working outside of New York State.  The non-certification track is called Music Education Studies.

Career Opportunities for Music Education

  • Teach music in schools throughout the state of New York and beyond
  • Composers and performers throughout the United States and Europe
  • Faculties of major universities
  • Professional positions throughout the music and entertainment industry

Sample Courses

MUS 521 Music Bibliography

An exploration of the resources and techniques needed for graduate studies in all areas of music. Students will learn to examine and critically evaluate music resources in both traditional and electronic forms, and will develop research strategies that can be adapted to many different areas of study.

MUS 624 Analytic Techniques

The application of analytical methods, including Schenkerian reductive analysis, to Western tonal music since the latter 17th century. Includes the study of musical forms in Western music and entails a significant prose writing component.

MUED 619 Foundations of Music Education I

Study of philosophical and historical foundations of music education, emphasizing current issues and developments. Particular application to curriculum and instruction in school music.

Why Music Education at Fredonia?

Fredonia students learn alongside incredible, dedicated faculty

Student-centered campus

Fredonia is a student-centered campus offering innovative graduate degree programs, world-class faculty, and a conservatory edge … at a price that’s within reach.

Mason Hall is the home of the Fredonia School of Music

Track record

Our music education program has a track record of graduating some of the best music teachers in New York State.

Students can complete their degree while also working

Work around your schedule!

Our program offers a hybrid format for working professionals.

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