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Azusa Pacific University

24 months
673 USD/credit 11441 USD/year
673 USD/credit 11441 USD/year
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The Master of Music Education of Azusa Pacific University builds upon the field experience of current teachers and educational professionals, transforming teachers who love music into music education specialists.


The Master of Music Education of Azusa Pacific University melds rigorous academic standards with practical classroom skills that translate into innovative K-12 programs in both private and public school settings. Equipping educators with the adaptability and commitment needed for the classroom, program requirements include core academic and music courses, and specialization in either choral or instrumental conducting.

Program Highlights

  • Broad core of classes that address issues relevant to both instrumental and choral music education
  • Freedom to integrate faith into music education
  • Research methods, musicology, style analysis, pedagogy, and the philosophical, psychological, social, and historical foundations of music education
  • Specialized classes focused on the student's choice of instrumental or choral emphasis
  • In-depth courses on arranging, choral conducting, and choral pedagogy for those with a choral emphasis
  • In-depth courses on orchestration, instrumental conducting, and instrumental pedagogy for those with an instrumental emphasis
  • Directed research culminating in a thesis (required for completion of the degree)
The Master of Music Education Program:
  • Recognizes the need for current teaching professionals to increase their knowledge of choral and instrumental music education.
  • Provides a broad core of classes relevant to both instrumental and choral music education, including research methods, musicology, analysis of musical forms and styles, pedagogy, and the philosophical, psychological, social, and historical foundations of music education.
  • Trains students to become teaching-scholars so that their teaching methodology is based on current research and learning theory.
  • Introduces students to the music and scholarship of non-Western cultures through the visiting scholar program and other multi-cultural experiences.
  • Allows for interaction with world-class performers and composers through the Artist Concert Series.
  • Encourages a comprehensive approach to music education that integrates the analytical, historical, philosophical, and performance aspects of music.
  • Enables students to choose an instrumental or choral emphasis that provides classes designed for those specialized areas.
  • Directs the student in the research and writing of a master’s thesis.
  • Prepares individuals who wish to pursue doctoral programs.

Master of Music Education students gain a distinct advantage at APU’s School of Music. Customized for current and prospective music educators, this program offers:

  • Small classes
  • Access to professors
  • Interaction with performance groups
  • Freedom to integrate faith into music education
  • Opportunities in Los Angeles and surrounding cities for full-time, part-time, and substitute teaching jobs for music educators

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Graduate Research Methods
  • Advanced Analysis of Form and Style
  • Musicology: The Renaissance
  • Musicology: The Baroque
  • Musicology: The Nineteenth Century
  • Musicology: The Twentieth Century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority Deadline – March 15


34 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé or statement of experience including academic experience and employment in the music field and professional organizations. Performance majors, please include a repertory list of major performance areas.
  • Letter of intent (500-1,000 words) addressed to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English
  • Provide an affidavit of financial support (PDF) and a bank statement 
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11441 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 673 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    11441 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 673 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Pacific

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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