Western Kentucky University

962 USD/credit
899 USD/credit
607 USD/credit
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The Music Education/Teacher Leader and Conducting/Teacher Leader concentrations would further enable the teacher/practitioner to meet certification renewal requirements and rank changes mandated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Graduates in the Pedagogy concentration would meet requirements for national certification through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).


The Master of Music graduate program has four areas of concentration: Music Education/Teacher Leader, Conducting/Teacher Leader, Conducting, and Pedagogy. These provide continued development of:

  • individual students which will result in enrichment of their personal lives and will enable them to preserve and extend cultural and diverse heritages; and
  • professional and scholarly competence in organization, interpretation, evaluation, communication, and dissemination of knowledge in the discipline.
  • All degree seeking students must submit a planned program of study (curriculum contract) to the Graduate School prior to enrollment in coursework beyond 12 hours (inclusive of transfer credit).  In compliance with Graduate School policy, the degree program is to be developed in consultation with the approved advisor assigned at the time of admission to the program. 


    • Conducting (MUCN)
    • Conducting/Teacher Leader (MUCT)
    • Music Education/Teacher Leader (MUTL)
    • Pedagogy (MUPD)

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Music Literature
    • Research Methods in Music 
    • Music and the Human Experience 
    • Advanced Conducting
    • Conducting Seminar 
    • Ensemble Course
    • Graduate Capstone Project

    Key information

    Start dates & application deadlines




    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    English requirements

    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Application and Fee: Submit an application with a $95 non-refundable application processing fee;
    • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university;
    • Original copy/copies of transcripts/marksheets in English for evaluation by the Graduate School (must be supplied by the institution)
    • Transcripts are evaluatedby the Graduate School
    • NOTE: any international transfer work requires an external evaluation by a NACES member institution; students are responsible for having this evaluation completed (only needed if the students wants to transfer graduate credit from a non-US institution)

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      962 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 962 USD per credit and a duration of  .
    • National

      899 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 899 USD per credit and a duration of  .
    • In-State

      607 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 607 USD per credit and a duration of  .


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