University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Dec 06, 2023  

Music Education, M.M.

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Music Education degrees are unique in that the result of the program not only enhances the student’s personal skills as a musician, providing opportunities for further development, but the program also prepares the student for teaching others how to explore their own musical interests and talents. The Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers the Master of Music, Music Education degrees with three different fields of concentration attached to each in order to accommodate the background, musical preferences and educational goals of students interested in Music Education as a professional career choice.

This degree program is offered for candidates who are active music teachers.

Contact Information

Louis Niebur, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
(775) 784-6145

Department of Music
Church Fine Arts /0226
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0049

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

  • Development of personal musical skills in both solo performance and interactive ensemble performance platforms;
  • Development of single instrument performance skills sufficient for classroom instruction, accompaniment and tutoring;
  • Development of skills for classroom interaction, designing lesson plans and classroom strategies that will compel students to learn;
  • Development of an efficient, marketable depth of knowledge in music theory, music history, musicology, ethnomusicology, classical and contemporary music traditions, music technology and musical engineering trends;
  • Development of conducting skills for directing small and large ensembles;
  • Development of the oral and written skills needed for classroom instruction and school-related administrative duties that often accompany a music teaching career.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Department of Music graduate program you must meet the program requirements, but you must also meet the requirements of the Graduate School. The University Admissions Web site has information specifically for the graduate admissions process.

Applicants steps:

  • Contact the appropriate graduate faculty member or the Department of Music Chair to determine eligibility for a graduate degree in music.
  • Apply to audition by obtaining the Audition/Application Procedures from your appropriate faculty member
  • Complete the online Graduate School application and pay the application fee. You can apply to Graduate School at UNR online. The process is straightforward: create an account, login and you’re on your way.
  • Have two official transcripts sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Graduate School: University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School, Mail Stop 0326, Reno, NV 89557-0326
  • Have two letters of recommendation sent to the Department of Music: University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Music, Mail Stop 0226, Reno, NV 89557-0226
  • Complete your Immunizations and send those records to: University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School, Mail Stop 326, Reno, NV 89557-0326

I. Program Requirements

Complete A. and one of the emphases below.

C. Instrumental Emphasis

II. Total Units (33 units)


Candidates for all master’s degrees in music should consult the current Music Department Handbook for information concerning auditions and placement, as well as proficiency examinations. Candidates must complete all Graduate School requirements for the master’s degree.

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