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Master of Arts in Music Education

Program Details

University of Hawaii offers a Master of Arts degree in Music Education program for students who are interested in teaching musical ability and music appreciation in public or private educational institutions. Students will learn about the development of musical ability at various stages of life and learn to apply culture and psychology to the education of others in music. Students will focus on a curriculum that involves development of advanced cataloguing, classification, and retrieval of information within a library system. Those classes include Foundations in Music Education, Topics in Music, and Music Cultures of the World.

Graduates of the program should have demonstrated the professional and educational qualifications necessary for roles in education of students in art of music and the use of musical instruments. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate their musical and teaching competencies necessary to enable them to achieve the generic and subject area competencies for becoming successful music teachers, to demonstrate the ability to apply the musical and instructional skills developed to teach music in elementary, middle, or high school, to display the ability to sequence music instruction at all levels, and to be able to integrate information from professional literature into their teaching.


Students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and one year of fulltime music teaching experience.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission