Master of Music in Music Education

the Master of Music in Music Education at Baylor University

The MM in Music Education from the Baylor University School of Music offers a practice-oriented degree designed to deepen understanding of teaching and learning in music, while providing opportunity to put those principles into practice. Led by specialists in Band, Choir, Orchestra, and General Music, the degree allows you to focus on advanced studies in your chosen specialty, while providing insight into the larger arena of music education. This degree is designed for those who have teaching certification in music. The degree is not designed to prepare you for certification. With the MM in Music Education at Baylor University, you will Master the art of Music teaching.

Degree Plan Requirements:

MUS 5302 -- Analytical Techniques+
MUS 53xx -- Music History (5321, 5322, 5326, 5327, or 5328)+
MUS 5334 -- Introduction to Graduate Study in Music Education
MUS 5330 -- Trends in Music Education
MUS 5332 -- Research in Music Education
MUS 5137 -- Graduate Seminar in Music Education (repeated each semester)

Electives 11 hours to be selected from the following:
MUS 4260 -- Orchestral, 4261 Choral, 4262 Band Conducting
MUS 4321 -- Symphonic, 4331 Band, 5337 Choral Literature
MUS 4326 -- American Folk Music, MUS 4342 American Musical Theater
MUS 5319 -- Seminar in Ethnomusicology, MUS 5333 Advanced Methodologies
MUS 5247 -- Vocal/Choral Music Ministries in the Church
EDC 5310 -- Principles and Strategies for Effective Discipline and Classroom Management
Any graduate-level world music course, Other approved Electives including Applied Study

Total 30 Hours*
+diagnostic examinations at entry to the program may determine required courses
*includes cumulative oral examination

Final Project and Graduate Committee

Admission Process
To be admitted into the Master of Music in Music Education program, you must be accepted by BOTH the Graduate School and the School of Music.

Materials to be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the online application. The application can be found at:
  • Transcripts are required from EVERY post-secondary institution you have attended.
  • Recommenders will be contacted through email to complete an electronic recommendation form. Paper recommendations can also be submitted when necessary.
  • TOEFL scores are required for international students.

Baylor University
Graduate Admissions
One Bear Place #97264
Waco, Texas 76798-7264

Materials to be submitted to the School of Music+:

  • A sample teaching video. It should be 5-10 minutes in length and should be of an instructional sequence with interaction between the teacher and student, not of a concert performance or strictly repertoire conducting without feedback.

  • Your professional teaching resume. This should be a 1-2 page professional teaching resume, including education, certification(s), teaching experience, professional activities, awards and honors.

  • A writing sample. It may be a previously written document (i.e. term paper). Maximum length 10 pages. It can also take the form of a response to one of the TMEA essay contest questions found at under the Division-College pulldown menu. Maximum length 2,000 words.

  • A statement of intent. Identify your reasons for pursuing graduate work in Music Education and the benefits you anticipate deriving from the degree. Also include reasons for pursuing the degree at Baylor University and through the Baylor School of Music.

+All materials for the School of Music may be submitted electronically during the application process or via U.S. mail. Materials sent through the mail should be submitted to:

Graduate Program Director
School of Music
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97408
Waco, TX 76798

Financial Assistance Available:

Tuition Remission

A three-for-one tuition remission program is available for qualified applicants. This program allows for completion of the 30-hour degree with the candidate financially responsible for only 10 hours of tuition payment.

School of Music Scholarships

Scholarship money is available through the School of Music. Scholarship awards carry an expectation of ensemble participation. An audition may be required, in addition to admission materials.

Other Graduate Assistantships

Baylor offers several assistantships beyond those identified with a particular program of study. If you are interested in one of these assistantships, go to: for more information.

Coaching and Teaching Opportunities

Numerous opportunities for teaching private lessons and coaching are available through the Baylor String Project, Waco ISD, and as a privately contracted instructor at many of the public and private schools in the greater Waco area. Contact the Music Education faculty members to find out more.

Texas Tuition Equalization Grant

The TEG program is provided by the State Legislature, through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, to help eligible students defray the cost of attending a private, accredited college or university in Texas. To be eligible, the student must be a resident of Texas and meet the Coordinating Board's criteria for need-based financial aid. For more information, go to:

Other Sources of Funding

Many graduate students also receive other resources for funding their education at Baylor University. Examples of such sources include work study programs, Stafford loans, private scholarships and private loans. For information on such sources, please contact the Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid.


If you have questions about the MM in Music Education degree, please contact or call 254-710-6626.