Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Music Education (M.M.)

Master of Music Program

Program Code: MM-AH

Major Code: MUS

HEGIS 0832

Music Department

National Association of Schools of Music (Accredited)
Emily Boyce, Chair
Rockwell Hall 203, (716)878-6401

Victoria J. Furby, Program Coordinator
Rockwell Hall 132 G, (716)878-3159


Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog.  Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The Mus.M degree is designed for the in-service music teacher who already possesses an initial Teaching Certificate. The degree program will help students become accomplished reflective educators as indicated by the Buffalo State College Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework for advanced programs. This online degree is comprised of courses that are critical to the ongoing professional development of the music teacher. The entire program will require 30 credits and includes 24 credits of required graduate coursework in music history, music theory, music education, and a master’s project or master’s thesis. An additional six credits of elective coursework will include graduate courses chosen from repertoire and ensemble leadership, educational foundations, musical theatre, and a flexible independent study. The department anticipates developing additional elective graduate offerings in the areas of music education, music technology, music history, music theory, composition, and/or performance after the initial implementation of the degree.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Bachelor's degree in music education from an accredited institution. It must also adhere to the general guidelines for undergraduate competencies in music theory, music history, music performance, conducting, ensemble participation and music education preparation as established by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in required music courses in their undergraduate degrees.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic background, musicianship and teaching effectiveness. This letter should provide evidence of successful teaching experience, academic ability and professionalism.
  4. A resume of educational and professional achievements.
  5. A scholarly writing sample of no less than 4 and no more than 15 pages using appropriate citations and sources in the area(s) of music theory, music history, music education or educational psychology.
  6. Although not required, formal music teaching experience in public or private school systems is preferred.
  7. Applicants may be asked to participate in a phone or on-line interview at the discretion of the music education coordinator.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Additional admission requirements for those applicants seeking New York State Professional Certification:

  1. New York State Initial Certification.  (Those students seeking New York State Professional Certification with teaching certificates/licenses from states other than New York must apply for and be granted a New York State Initial Teaching Certificate.  Requirements for obtaining a New York State Initial Teaching Certificate can be found by visiting the following link: http://usny.nysed.gov/teachers/)
  2. A minimum of one 3-credit hour course involving students with special needs.  Transcripts must be provided that document a course which entails instruction regarding the understanding and development of effective teaching strategies for students with special needs.  Students without documentation of a special needs class will be required to remediate this requirement by taking EXE 100-Individuals with Special Needs, offered online.  This course will not fulfill the course requirements of the Mus. M. in Music Education.  Additional coursework, (currently only offered in traditional format) that fulfill this requirement and also fulfill elective credits for the Mus.M in Music Education degree, include: EDU 577 Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities and EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs.)

Please Note: Applications accepted for Summer admission.

Program Requirements


Music History/Theory

6 Credits

MUS 602

Graduate Music History

MUS 620

Graduate Music Theory

Music Education

12 Credits

MUS 601

Foundations of Music Education

MUS 625

Curriculum and Assessment

MUS 630

Contemporary Issues in Music Education

MUS 640

Research Methods in Music Education

Electives (select 6 or 9 credits from the following


SPF 503

Educational Psychology

MUS 590

Independent Study

MUS 624

Social Commentary in Musical Theatre

MUS 641

Repertoire and Ensemble Leadership


3 or 6 Credits

MUS 690

Master's Project



MUS 695

Master's Thesis

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Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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