Develop a timeline for meeting deadlines, scheduling language tests, getting your documents ready, and reaching out to letter writers and supervisors.
Coursework will provide students with a background in many topics as they relate to music, education, and other disciplines.
The final written project offers an opportunity for students to explore topics more thoroughly and to demonstrate mastery of the degree content by transferring this cumulative knowledge to other music education and/or research environments.
In the MA comprehensive exam option (Plan B), students complete an examination that consists of two portions: (a) a take-home portion, which includes the creation of an application research paper based on existing literature in the field, as well as a music materials project that involves an analysis of choral or instrumental repertoire that would be used with a school ensemble; and (b) an in-house portion, which includes critical analyses of two research articles.
A subsequent oral defense of these materials allows students to think critically on the spot and to apply degree content information to other areas by responding to questions and scenarios posed by the faculty.
Each of the graduate programs in Music Education requires a final written project and subsequent oral examination of the materials.
Preparation for this exam begins with the first class and extends through the entire course sequence.A minimum of 30 hours of coursework is required for either Plan A or Plan B, including the Graduate Music Education Core (12-15 hours of research-based coursework in music education); the Graduate Music Core (9-12 hours of music theory, musicology, applied lessons, or ensemble performance); Electives (6-9 hours, Plan B only); and either the Thesis (6 hours) or Comprehensive Exam.Students meet with their academic advisor each semester to select the most appropriate trajectory for advancing through the program.Part-time and full-time students receive substantial funding for tuition waivers and graduate assistantships.Applicants for the MA in Music Education must have (a) at least a 3.0 GPA from a completed undergraduate degree program in music education, (b) a minimum of 1 year of successful school music teaching experience in group settings, and (c) evidence of strong written and spoken English skills.In addition to completing the online application to the university, prospective students should also provide the following materials: (a) a current resume, (b) a copy (PDF) of a teaching license/certificate, and (c) a writing sample.The writing sample should demonstrate strong scholarly potential in the area of music education.Possible samples could include a major paper from an undergraduate degree program or a statement of philosophy of music education.After an initial review of applicants, prospective students may be invited to campus for an interview.Students should contact their academic advisor or the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education for more information.UBC graduate programs in Music Education are designed to meet a variety of needs and interests, including those of the busy professional teacher, the researcher, the administrator, the curriculum developer, and the future university professor.