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BM in Music Education

The music education faculty at FIU offer knowledgeable guidance to students and provide them with expert insight into music education in the 21st century.

Music education students accepted into our program will join a world-class school of music and receive an outstanding education in music where they will be able to develop and perfect their musical abilities.  Most significantly, FIU faculty is committed to the mission of graduating educators who are responsible, reflexive, ethical, creative and dedicated to their communities.


Admission Requirements 

  1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions.

 

  1. Complete your GetAcceptd application – All Music Education candidates must submit a 5-minute video to GetAcceptd. Videos should be properly edited and can use a creative format.  All videos should, at minimum, address the following issues/questions:

*Provide background in music and explain your interest in music education.

*Explain what, in your opinion, constitutes an outstanding educator, explaining your rationale, and providing examples.

*Tell us about a time when you acted as a teacher and what challenges and questions that experience raised for you.  How might it have impacted your decision to become a music educator. If you do not have any teaching experiences describe a teacher you had in the past who was effective and why. Describe a teacher who was not effective and why.

*A common saying states that: “those who can’t do, teach!” How would you respond to such a statement, and what evidence would you offer?

*All Music Education candidates must also audition in their applied instrument (voice, strings, winds, etc).  Please follow the protocol and submit the necessary information using GetAccepted.

 

While your video will serve as your Music Education Interview, the Area Coordinator reserves the right to request further information or to meet in person during an audition date.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Theory Placement

All entering undergraduates must take a theory placement test.  At the very least, they must take a Music Fundamentals test.  Entering freshmen that have taken high school theory and transfer students who have previously taken college-level theory can try one of the upper-level tests to place out of one or more courses from the theory and sight-singing sequences. The theory placement tests may be taken either on one of our audition days or on the Thursday before the first week of classes in both Fall and Spring. For further information regarding theory placement tests, please visit the Theory Information webpage.

Master of Music Education

The Music Education Program at Florida International University offers a traditional Master of Music program at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus or the option of completing it fully online. At FIU we know that continuing education is essential to the lives of thoughtful teachers and musicians. We also know that a successful educational experience, particularly at the graduate level, is one where students/colleagues are motivated, where they learn from faculty and peers, and where their own experiences are considered as a valuable and important asset.  Our Masters program strives to provide lively, collaborative, innovative and challenging learning opportunities where you will find diverse ways to growth as an educator and musician.

Admission Requirements

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU  Graduate Admissions.  

 

2. Complete the application on GetAcceptd and upload the following materials.

  • Video recording of classroom teaching (20 to 30 minutes and should not be a concert or performance).
  • Submit a 1000 word essay on “The Challenges and Possibilities for Music Education in the 21st Century.”
  • Upload a copy of your transcript(s)
  • Provide the names and emails of two people you would like to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

3. Personal interview. The interview will be scheduled after all sets above have been completed. Interviews can be done on-site or done via Skype.

Interview Criteria

All interviews will be no more than 30 minutes long and will focus equally on the following criteria:

  • The capacity to articulate ideas clearly and concisely.
  • The capacity to demonstrate inter-personal skills.
  • The capacity to detail key challenges in the field of music education as well as demonstrate basic knowledge of the field.
  • The capacity to delineate their own educational and professional goals.
  • The capacity to exemplify and qualify pedagogical practices.
  • The capacity to self-evaluate and self-critique.

 

The TOEFL is required unless the student has an undergraduate degree form a United States institution or from a TOEFL-exempt country as listed on the University Graduate School website.

*  Each element of the admission process is indispensable and weighted equally.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
Total Hours 30
Music Education: Courses (12 total)
MUE 6190 Curriculum and Policy Design 3
MUE 6938 Seminar in Music Education 3
MUE 6815 Psychological Foundations of Music Behavior 3
MUE 6785 Research in Music Education 3
Music Courses/Common Core (6 total)
MUT 5629
OR
Analytical Techniques 3
MUT 5051 Graduate Theory Survey 3
MUH 5688
OR
Twentieth-Century History Survey 3
MUH Elective 3
Personal Focus Courses (9 total)
General Electives/Cognate 9
Graduate Inquiry Course (3 total)
MUE 5688 Directed Project 3
Students can choose between Thesis or Capstone project.
Students choosing Thesis must register for 3 credits MUE 6971.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamey Kelley

Dr. Jamey Kelley

Program Coordinator of Music Education

Tel: 305-348-7252

Email: jkelley@fiu.edu

Office Location: WPAC 145C