Master of Music (MM)

7-week 100% online

Music Education: Teaching Artistry

The BGSU master of music, teaching artistry specialization is a 100% online degree designed to meet the growing demand of music teachers pursuing a graduate degree.

The program meets the demands of practitioners currently employed in teaching music who are looking for a path to continue developing skills and insight into the profession and deepen their knowledge of pedagogy.

In addition to traditional coursework, a teaching mentor will work one-on-one with each student to create an individualized plan of study based on the student’s own teaching situation.

BGSU Online specializes in providing working adults the opportunity to earn a degree entirely online – and we’re good at it! No matter where you live, let our experts guide you to the next level in your career.

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Program highlights

  • Continue working. No need to quit your job! Our Master of Music degree is designed for working educators.
  • Graduate in 15 months. Complete your 30 required credits in just 2 summers and one academic year (summer, fall, spring, summer).
  • Create your own learning lab. BGSU equips you to utilize your current classroom or teaching environment as an action-based lab to apply skills from your coursework.
  • Connect with a teaching mentor. In addition to your classroom work, BGSU matches you with an individual teaching mentor. You’ll meet one-to-one with your mentor, working to best implement what you’ve learned into your own teaching environment.
  • Conduct an action research project in your classroom. You will design and implement an action research project that examines student learning and your teaching practice. Upon completion of your project, you’ll write a research report and present your findings.

The program is designed for summer admission and may be completed in 15 months (summer, fall, spring, summer).

Program goals

The program is designed to utilize students’ actual current teaching as a laboratory for developing concepts learned through a distance education platform. Students must hold a formal or non-formal teaching position.

Online diagnostic examinations in Music Theory and Music History will be administered at the beginning of the degree program. Remediation, if needed, will occur during the Workshop in Music classes that are required in the fall and spring semesters.

Your Degree, Your Way

Complete the full master’s degree in 15 months (summer, fall, spring, summer). The online learning program offers scheduling freedom and savings on time and travel costs. While learning is ensured with certified quality and constant improvement.   

With online delivery and straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, the master of music education, teaching artistry specialization will open doors to new knowledge, skills and career possibilities.

Career opportunities

As well as improving your teaching artistry, investing in your education will reflect in your students; new ways of teaching, confidence in your methods and goals and renewed enthusiasm all impact the classroom.

Teaching music is not just the notes and instrument skills, but a reflection of the artistry that music represents and the reflection of ourselves and our lives we all see in music. Studying for a master’s in music education with a specialization in teaching artistry will help you learn the best strategies for bringing music to life for your students.

As well as learning from your world-class BGSU music faculty, you will also build your network of peers. Research has shown schools with higher levels of teacher collaboration are associated with more robust student performance.

Career paths

  • Practicing Music Teachers
  • Band, Orchestra, and Choir Directors
  • Early Childhood Music Teacher
  • General Music Teachers
  • Choral Conductor


Great music teachers transform the lives of their students. Our rigorous curriculum - based on scholarship, musicianship and teaching - creates transformative music educators who bring the joy of music into students’ lives, often for the first time.

Students undertake mentor-guided laboratory experiences with observations and discussions via distance technology and online discussion groups.

Through the use of mentor teachers, faculty committees, individualized and group in­struction and faculty-driven curricular benchmarks, students will gain critical peda­gogical skills, which teachers can implement immediately in their professional work. We turn your classroom into our classroom - allowing you to apply what you learn in your own planning and instruction.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Field-Based Teaching and Learning for Music Educators
  • Introduction to Advanced Pedagogy and Technology for Music Educators 
  • Using K-12 Assessment Data to Improve Practice 
  • Seminar in Music Performance
  • Human Learning in Music 
  • Special Topics in Analysis

Program Information

Applicants should possess an appropriate undergraduate degree and the potential for advanced study as evidenced by musical and intellectual abilities and achievements. Applicants must demonstrate basic skills in distance learning technologies along with an ability to do independent work.

The program is delivered 100% online. Students have access to the same world-class faculty as our in-person degrees. The master in music education with a specialization in teaching artistry offers every student an individual teaching mentor.

Quality Matters LogoBGSU is the only university in Ohio and one of just nine in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate for all of our seven-week online programs. The certificate recognizes that our programs provide the critical services needed for student success and that we use student feedback to continuously improve those services.

BGSU College of Musical Arts

The Online Master of Music Education specializing in Teaching Artistry is a program in the BGSU College of Musical Arts

Updated: 09/21/2023 10:18AM