Summer Graduate Program in Music Education - NIU - School of Music

Graduate Programs

Summer Graduate Program in Music Education

The School of Music offers a summer program leading to the Master of Music degree with a specialization in Music Education.  In most cases, students can complete the required coursework for this degree in three years (summer, intersession, and evening classes). Applicants for this program should have Illinois Teacher Certification/Licensure and at least three years of public school teaching experience.

For information on registering for the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance workshop hosted at NIU July 7-10, please visit the registration site. Registration for this workshop closes Wed, June 3!

Summer 2015 Workshops and Courses  

MUED 577: Jazz Pedagogy (3 credits) Professor Reggie Thomas MTuWTh 1:00-3:20 6/15-7/16 *Please note that this class will not meet the week of July 6 - 10.

MUSE 621-sec. 1: Jazz Workshop for Non-Majors (1 credit) Professor Reggie Thomas MTuWTh 3:30-5:00 6/15-7/2

MUED 684: Techniques Research in Music (3 credits) Professor Stan Haskins MTuWTh 11:00-12:40 6/15-7/23

MUSP 637: Advanced Choral Techniques & Conducting (3 credits) Professor Eric Johnson MTuWTh 8:00-10:50 6/15-7/2

MUED 680: Workshop in Music-Score Study (1 credit) Professor Tom Bough Days/times TBD 7/1-7/28

Study Abroad – Experiencing the Arts in Bali, Indonesia: MUHL 531: Music of Southeast Asia (3 credits) Dr. Jui-Ching Wang 7/4-7/25 

Core Requirements (13)

  • MUED 684, Techniques of Research in Music (3)
  • A course in music history (3)
  • A course in music theory (3)
  • MUSC 699B or D Thesis or Portfolio/Project

Music Education Specialization Requirements (19)

  • MUED 685, Foundations in Music Education (3)
  • Music education course work (6-9)
  • Music performance course work, chosen from private keyboard, voice, or instrumental study;
    music performance (including conducting); and/or ensembles (3)
  • Electives (4-7)

All new students must take the School of Music diagnostic examinations in Music History and Music Theory prior to the first term of study. Study guides for the exams may be viewed HERE.

Review Courses

(if necessary, as determined by diagnostic examinations; do not apply to the degree.)

  • MUHL 320, Music History Review (3)
  • MUTC 402, Music Theory Review (3)

Deadline for Summer Applications: May 20.   N.B., this is the deadline for application for formal admission to the M.M. program.  Interested students who miss the deadline may still take music courses during the summer session as Graduate Students-At-Large, for which there is no application deadline.

Apply on-line at

To view the summer schedule, visit

For application materials, information about financial aid, or other questions, contact

Professor James Brown, Acting Coordinator of Graduate Studies
School of Music, NIU, DeKalb, IL 60115
E-mail (preferred)
Phone (815) 753-7975
Fax (815) 753-1759