Music Education

Music Education

Music Education

NEW! Rowan University is now excited to offer a Master of Music: Education degree, designed as an online program for music educators to refine and advance their philosophical and pedagogical approach(es) to teaching music in a culturally diverse and technologically advanced society. With an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, the Master of Music: Education will prepare music educators to be school-based change makers who think critically, engage in responsive teaching, and connect theory to practice. By taking courses in philosophy, curricular innovation, research, and various aspects of musicianship, students will explore current trends in the field of music education, and hone their skills as musicians and educators. 

Rowan University prepares outstanding music educators through a rigorous education curriculum and in-depth performance studies with outstanding musicians. Students in the program begin observing and working in the public schools frequently in their sophomore year. The program culminates with outstanding educators and musicians completing a student teaching experience and confidently beginning their teaching careers. Rowan enjoys a high placement rate in New Jersey elementary and high schools, although alumni of the program teach throughout the nation and find success in graduate study as well.

The music education program is a double major (Bachelor of Music in Music Education / Bachelor of Arts in Education). There are three tracks within the music education program: Instrumental, Jazz, and Vocal. Students in each of the tracks are prepared to teach at all levels of music education, and completion of the degree leads to K-12 Music Licensure from New Jersey. Students receive individualized attention from faculty who are concerned with their students' success. The faculty and staff in music education bring a wealth of academic and practical experiences that they share with their students:

The music education program is a supportive and active learning community. Curricular course study is supplemented with active student organizations. Rowan has a student chapter of the National Assocaiation for Music Education (formerly MENC). The Rowan NAfME chapter, advised by Dr. Adrian Barnes, sponsors frequent clinics, service projects, convention trips, as well as leadership and networking opportunities for its members. Rowan University also has a chapter of future choral directors, called ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). This is a very active and close-knit group whose passion is to make a difference in the lives of singers. Dr. Thomas is the faculty advisor.