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Why A Degree in Music Education Is Worth A Second Look

Posted By Rachel Ware Carlton On December 04, 2015

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Are you thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education? Whether you currently teach music and want to go back to school, or are just considering studying music education in graduate school, a Master of Music Education program could be the perfect program for you!

There are many benefits to pursuing a Master’s in Music Education, and there are many flexible  programs to fit many schedule’s needs.

Here are three things to think about as you consider completing a graduate program in Music Education:

Pursuing a graduate degree in music education - on your schedule!

We understand that your life can be crazy -- maybe you’re a mom, a teacher, or taking classes elsewhere. Some schools offer summer music programs designed specifically for those who wish to complete their graduate studies over the summer months.  This can make your graduate courses fit in seamlessly with your lifestyle!

Many Master of Music Education programs have a wide variety of courses. You’ll learn music history, theory, and even do some performance! This diverse curriculum will enable you to help future students you may encounter with a wide variety of musical interests. It could also qualify you to teach higher level music classes, such as AP music theory.

The importance of developing a creative mind today

Learning and teaching music has many benefits, so the importance of having enough music educators cannot be overemphasized! Practicing music and learning music education makes your brain work harder and it exercises different areas of your mind at the same time. Not only do you have to learn the music, you have to know how to teach it. This is correlated with a three point average IQ increase.

This IQ increase is also evidenced in the higher test scores of children given a musical education. Students at elementary schools boasting good music education programs received scores 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math standardized tests.

The ability to provide a good music education can improve spatial-temporal skills of children over time. These skills can help children excel in a variety of future jobs -- including architecture, engineering, and information technology.

More institutions need more artistically inclined people

Being an educator in the arts has many applications. It will allow you to think analytically, communicate clearly, and apply innovative solutions to problems. Because music exercises different parts of the brain, it allows for a thought process that is different, unique, and creative.

Teamwork is learned in Music Education and a valuable aspect to institutions.This teamwork gives practice in good communication, which benefits team-related projects in instructor positions by allowing for more open, productive interpersonal collaboration.

A Master’s in Music Education has many benefits, and could prepare you (and your future students) not only to perform at the Kennedy Center, but also to be successful in a wide variety of industries. With the wide applicability of a Master’s in Music Education, and the diversity of available programs, you’ll have your degree and bring harmony to the lives of children before you know it!

Want to learn more about the Master's of Music Education program? Follow the link below for more details!

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Topics: Music Education

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