Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
207 Varner Hall (map)
(248) 370-2030 • Fax (248) 370-2041
Joseph L. Shively
308 Varner Hall
The Master of Music in music education is a 32-credit program designed to meet the needs of music teachers, to help them expand and extend their professional skills and understandings with a long-range goal of enabling educators to study and improve their own practice. The Thesis Option has a research focus, and the Practicum Option has a teaching practice focus.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in music from a regionally accredited institution or provide proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for foreign educated applicants.
- Two years of music theory, one year of music history and performance ability on instrument or voice, OR background equivalent to these requirements
- K-12 teaching certificate in music and at least one year of elementary and/or secondary music teaching experience
- Applicants must submit a written statement of professional goals.
- Sample of academic writing faxed to (248) 370-2041, Attn: Professor Joseph Shively or sent as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to the Master of Music in conducting program, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, audition, and any other admission requirement established by the academic program.
Music history and theory placement
During the first year of graduate study, Thesis Option students participate in both music history and theory assessments, and Practicum Option students participate in only the theory assesment to determine placement in graduate-level history and theory courses. Practicum Option students may register in MUS 526 without a music history assessment.
Assessment takes place during the week prior to the first semester of graduate study (Fall, Winter and Summer). Students are encouraged to review the preparation materials posted on the department web site prior to taking the assessments. Students may also contact the history and theory faculty for guidance about preparation materials and expectations.
Students whose work on the assessments indicates that they need further preparation should consult with the appropriate faculty and, at the beginning of the following semester, retake the portions of the assessments that were not satisfactory. Following the retake, students who have still not successfully completed the assessment will be required to complete remedial work prescribed by the department. Students whose work is satisfactory may then enroll in graduate history and theory courses for which they had not yet qualified. Any courses taken as part of the remedial work are not graduate courses and do not count toward the graduate degree. Students who still do not qualify after the remediation may be recommended for dismissal from the program.
Regardless of the results of these assessments, students may enroll in MUS 500 (Thesis Option) or any other music or music education graduate course during their first semesters. Enrollment in graduate-level music history and theory only is monitored by these assessments. For information about these assessments, contact Professor Joseph Shively, coordinator of the master’s program at email@example.com.