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Master of Music in Music Education

Program Details

The University of Kentucky (UK) offers a hybrid Master of Music in Music Education degree. Due to the hybrid environment of this program, some courses will require students to meet on campus a few times during the semester. Courses are offered online during regular semesters and summer semesters. Those pursuing the Orff Schulwerk concentration are required to spend at least two weeks on the University of Kentucky’s campus for three summers.

Many students in this program remain employed in their school jobs while completing this master’s degree. If students are continuing to teach while in the program, course scheduling is a major factor in success to ensure enrollment in specific courses in the summer. The University of Kentucky requires students to complete 30 credit hours of coursework to complete this program.

Eligible applicants must perform an audition to be accepted into the School of Music. These auditions are normally scheduled for late January through early March. Students may register for an audition spot using an online audition form, which can be found on the programs website. Applicants should review specific requirements for the different performance areas on the Audition Repertoire page, which can also be found on the program’s website. Students who are unable to make a normal audition time will need to contact the faculty in charge of their specific area.

Students are also required to complete entrance exams in music theory and music history prior to acceptance. These exams allow the program to determine if the applicant is ready to pursue a graduate degree in music. Exams of students who are admitted will be reviewed to determine if review classes will need to be taken prior to beginning graduate level work. Students needing review courses will be admitted on a provisional basis until these courses have been completed. Review courses must be completed before 12-credits of graduate course have been accumulated. Along with the music theory and history exams, students in the music education program will take an additional one-hour exam. Students will take the exam in an area of specialization, either Choral/General or Instrumental. The exams are given on four days per year, usually in the fall.


Eligible students will be required to audition and take an entrance exam.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges