Music Education

Music Education

Music Education

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.

Master of Music Education

Rowan University is now excited to offer a Master of Music Education degree program. The new program is designed as an online program for music educators to refine and advance their philosophical approaches 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.
For more information about the Master's program, visit or click here for a digital program guide.

Register Now - Summer 2023 Music Education Workshops 

Join us this summer as we present two workshops for music educators and students in the Master of Music Education program. This professional development opportunity is ideal for music educators looking to build their knowledge base during the summer months. There will be a registration fee for each workshop. In addition, non-matriculating students and current students in the MMEd program can enroll for graduate credit (two credits per workshop). 

Interested? Register here or fill out the Summer Workshop Interest Form  for more information

Practical Applications of Technology in the Music Classroom 
June 26-30, 12:30-5:30pm
Taught by Dr. Barbara Freedman & Amy Burns
Join veteran music teachers, clinicians and authors Amy Burns and Dr. Barbara Freedman to explore practical ways to use technology in any music classroom with students of all ages. Get hands-on experience with a variety of technology and devices for audio recording, sound in live performances, creating and composing music, performing, notation, digital audio workstations and more.

About Dr. Freedman  
Dr. Freedman is a technology trainer, professional development leader, graduate course instructor and consultant to schools and districts seeking to create technology labs and integrate technology into the curricula, in addition to be an educator for more than 22 years. A published author, Barbara has served on the music technology education advisory boards for MusicFirst, Spotify, and the International Baccalaureate Organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York, a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music and a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas

About Amy Burns
Amy Burns has taught general music for more than 25 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has authored four books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classrom and her most recent publication, "Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches", was published by the Oxford University Press. She is the recipient of the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Award and has certifications in Orff Kodály, Dr. Feierabend's First Steps, TI:ME Level One and Level Two, Google, Book Creator, Seesaw, and ISTE.


Neuroscience & Musical Development: Practical Implications for Music Education 
July 10-14, 12:30-5:30pm
Taught by Dr. Missy Strong
Explore the practical implications of neuroscience research for the music classroom. Having a basic understanding of learning and the music-specific brain processes can help teachers advocate for the necessity of music in the curriculum. The workshop will provide an overview of the intersection of neuroscience and learning to support efforts to meet the needs of all students at the musical, social-emotional and culturally-responsive levels.

About Dr. Strong: 
Awarded the 2023 Master Music Teacher Award from the New Jersey Music Educators Association, Missy Strong has 27 years of experience teaching general, choral and instrumental music at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. She is an adjunct professor for Rowan’s Master of Music: Education program and teaches elementary general and choral music in Mount Laurel Township, NJ. Missy served as the Senior Research Assistant for Music Together and was the Director of Children’s Music Education at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church for more than a decade. Host and Executive Producer of the Music Ed Amplified Podcast, she is also a published author and editor with articles in both state and national music education journals and books. Missy earned her Master of Music Education from Rowan University and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Early Childhood Musical Development from Rutgers University.