Overview

Master's degree students typically join the program after several years of teaching in public or private school settings, and already possess music teacher certification.  Students study directly with music faculty who are noted for their outstanding teaching, research, performance, and leadership in the field. The program is customized to suit individual student interests, allowing for either a research or practical orientation in focus. The music education program prepares advanced students to become deep thinkers, dynamic teachers, and innovative leaders. Graduates of the program have become leaders in music education in K-12, preschool, and community settings as music teachers or music administrators throughout South Florida, the United States, and in countries around the world.

Admission Requirements

On-Campus Programs

The application priority deadline is December 1st.  
The supplemental materials deadline is January 1st.
Please click here for special deadlines related to our Arts Presenting, Media Writing, Music Business, and Music Engineering programs 
 
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Step 1 - Apply

Step 2 - Submit Supplemental Materials

All supplemental materials must be submitted either via email to fsom.graddocs@miami.edu or via US Mail to PO Box 248165, Coral Gables, FL 33124.

Required for all applicants:
  • Transcripts – an official transcript from ALL post-secondary schools attended, regardless of if a degree was granted or not, must be sent directly to the Frost School of Music from the issuing institution in order to be considered official
    • Applicants with international transcripts, please click here for specific instructions about approved evaluation services
    • An official transcript is required for every school attended, even if it was only a single class
    • Current University of Miami students applying to a new degree program must provide an official University of Miami transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation - sent through CollegeNet as part of application submission. These do not need to be sent separately
  • Resume - attached to the application at the time of submission. This does not need to be sent separately
The following supplemental materials may be required for some applicants:
  • GRE Score - Please contact your program faculty for specific GRE information
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score - Please click here for more specific TOEFL/IELTS information
  • Teaching/Conducting Sample
  • Writing Sample
  • Prescreening/Audition/Interview
  • Portfolio

Not all supplemental materials are required for all degree programs. Please see the Degree Program Requirements for specific requirements.

For information regarding specific program requirements, please see Application & Program Requirements.

Applicants are responsible for tracking the status of their application materials and should do so on CaneLink.  Please allow at least two weeks for documents to be processed and marked as complete. If you are unable to access your CaneLink account, please check the CaneLink FAQ.

Step 3 - Audition/Interview/Upload Portfolio

Audition - If your program requires an audition, you will be contacted after the December 1st deadline to schedule a date. All performance programs require a prescreening and invitations to audition will be extended to those applicants approved by faculty review. Check the Audition/Portfolio Requirements page for specific requirements. Do not make travel plans until you receive a confirmation email from Frost Admissions.

Interview - If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted by department faculty to schedule a date. 

Portfolio - If your program requires a portfolio, please upload it through SlideRoom.  Check the Audition/Portfolio Requirements page for specific requirements. 

Music, Media, & Industry Application Deadlines

If you are applying to Music Business & Entertainment Industries, Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management, JD/MM, or JD/MA programs, the following deadlines apply:

December 1 - International applicants and priority domestic applicants
April 1 - All JD/MM and JD/MA applicants 
June 1 - Final application and supplemental materials deadline for domestic applicants 

If you are applying to Music Engineering Technology or Media Writing and Production, the following deadlines apply:

December 1 - International applicants and priority domestic applicants
February 1 - Priority portfolio deadline
April 1 - Final application and portfolio deadline - all applications/supplemental materials/portfolios are due by this date

International Applicants

  • TOEFL/IELTS - Test scores are required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from an accredited English-speaking institution. Additional information can be found under International Applicants.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their passport before a decision can be made. The name on your passport must match the name with which you apply.

If accepted, you will be contacted by the Office of Admission to submit documentation of financial responsibility.

Documents Required 

Submit the following educational documents to an approved international credentialing evaluation service:

a) Official original diplomas and certificates in the original language, and

b) Official original transcripts in the original language (names of courses, grades, and hours of instruction) for every year of study. 

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by professional, certified English translations.  Translations supplement but do not replace, the official documents.

Type of Evaluation Required

The Frost School of Music is requiring international applicants to their programs to complete a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. 

Where to Submit Documents for Evaluation

Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A), Inc. International Education Consultants, is the preferred evaluation service for international applicants to the University of Miami due to their competitive prices and high-quality service.  Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.

World Education Services (WES) is the second preferred evaluation service for international applicants to the University of Miami.  Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.

Please note that international applicants are not required to use the services of JS&A or WES exclusively, but the University of Miami requires that an international credential evaluation must be done by one of the approved evaluation vendors found on this list.

Evaluation Fee

Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee.

Submission of Evaluation

The evaluation vendor is required to send all official copies of related documents to:

Frost School of Music
PO Box 248165
Coral Gables, FL 33124-7610

or electronically to: 
fsom.graddocs@miami.edu

  • Please click here for additional details
  • Applicants who are applying with a current degree in progress will be required to have their final transcripts and diploma evaluated upon arrival at the Frost School. If applicants use Josef Silny for the initial evaluation, the Frost School will cover the evaluation. If applicants choose a different vendor, they will be responsible for the cost of the re-evaluation.

Decisions

Students are recommended for admission to the Frost School of Music by the faculty and admission committees. Final acceptance to the Graduate program is made after all materials requested by the Frost School of Music have been received and evaluated. Scholarships and/or Assistantships are awarded based on faculty recommendation. Admission decisions are sent out starting in late March.  

Application Guidelines

  • Applications are accepted for the fall term only
  • Applications are accepted for only one degree program 
  • Graduate applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for consideration
  • Applicants must be in-progress toward completing or have earned the appropriate prior music degree(s) from a regionally accredited institution in order to apply for a graduate level music program. If you are accepted and decide to attend the Frost School, you will be required to provide a final transcript showing a conferred degree.
  • The MM in Music Business & Entertainment Industries and the MA in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management do not require prior music degrees. The MS in Music Engineering Technology is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate engineering/science field.
  • Current University of Miami students applying to a new degree program must provide an official University of Miami transcript 
  • Materials submitted in support of an application cannot be released for other purposes nor returned to the applicant
  • For information on where to submit supplemental materials, please see our Contact Information

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
MED 760Philosophy of Music Education3
MED 762Music Learning and Curriculum3
MED 763Music Research Methods3
MED 764Music Assessment3
MED 810Master's Thesis3
or MED 805 Master's Project
MED 715Graduate Forum0
Other Studies in Music9
Select 9 credit hours from MCY, MIP, MKP, MMI, MSJ, MTC, MUS, MVP courses
Electives12
Select 12 credit hours of Approved Electives
Total Credit Hours36

Sample Plan of Study

Fall Even Year Start

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MED 763 Music Research Methods 3
Music and/or Approved Electives 6
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MED 760 Philosophy of Music Education 3
MED 764 Music Assessment 3
Music or Approved Electives 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
MED 762 Music Learning and Curriculum 3
MED 810 or 805 Master's Thesis
or Master's Project
1
Music and/or Approved Electives 5
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MED 810 or 805 Master's Thesis
or Master's Project
2
Music or/and Approved Electives 7
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours36

* Courses taken to fulfill Music Electives can be from MCY, MIP, MKP, MMI, MSJ, MTC, or MVP 

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Fall Odd Year Start 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MED 763 Music Research Methods 3
MED 762 Music Learning and Curriculum 3
Music and/or Approved Electives 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MED 760 Philosophy of Music Education 3
Music and/or Approved Electives 6
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
MED 810 or 805 Master's Thesis
or Master's Project
1
Music and/or Approved Electives 8
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MED 764 Music Assessment 3
MED 810 or 805 Master's Thesis
or Master's Project
2
Music and/or Approved Electives 4
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours36

* Courses taken to fulfill Music Electives can be from MCY, MIP, MKP, MMI, MSJ, MTC, or MVP

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Mission

The Department of Music Education and Music Therapy offers graduate degrees in Music Education and in Music Therapy that prepare students for professional careers as teachers and therapists. The mission of the Master of Music degree program in music education at the Frost School of Music is to:

  • Provide the highest quality of music education expertise
  • Foster advanced professional development in music teaching practice as well as music education research
  • Serve the music education profession as a resource for music teachers, the education community, and the university community, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Goals

The Objectives of the MM program in Music Education are for students to:

  • Apply knowledge of music education philosophy or music learning theoretical content;
  • Apply knowledge of music assessment practices; and
  • Demonstrate synthesis of studies through a capstone project in research (thesis and project tracks) or curriculum development (certification track).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students in the Master of Music Program will apply knowledge of music education philosophy or music learning theoretical content in a well-conceived position paper.
  • Students will apply knowledge of music assessment practices in a music assessment creation project.
  • Students in Thesis and Project tracks of the MM Program will demonstrate knowledge of music education research, while students in the Certification Track will demonstrate knowledge of curriculum development and implementation.