School of Music

Master of Music in Music Education

The Master of Music in Music Education...

  • 100% Online - Explore the latest methods/research and immediately apply them in your classroom.
  • Can be completed in 2 years including two 8-week summer sessions
  • Designed for current K-12 teachers to be able to earn an advanced degree while remaining in their current position
  • No GRE or audition required
  • Students can complete work on their own schedule
  • Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music 

Western Illinois University

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How to Apply

To apply for the Master of Music in Music Education program, candidates will complete the following:

  1. Complete the WIU School of Graduate Studies Application
  2. Submit the following supporting materials via email to
    ja-hawkins2@wiu.edu:
    • A goals statement which also outlines your philosophy of music education (about 500 words) 
    • A YouTube link to a video sample of classroom or ensemble teaching (about 10 minutes) 
    • 3 letters of recommendation
  3. Complete an interview with the WIU Music Education faculty. The interview can be conducted live or via an online video conferencing platform (e.g., Skype, Google Meet, Zoom). Contact Dr. Jason Hawkins at ja-hawkins2@wiu.edu to set up a day/time for your interview.
  4. Contact your previous colleges and request official transcripts be sent directly to the WIU School of Graduate Studies.

Note: The WIU School of Graduate Studies accepts applications on a "rolling basis," so there is no specific application deadline; however, applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure enrollment in required courses.