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Teaching Music, Grades PK–12 - Initial Certification, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
In the Teaching Music, Grades PK–12 - Initial Certification from New York University you’ll gain hands-on experience through a semester of fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching at NYU-affiliated New York City schools.


Throughout your Teaching Music, Grades PK–12 - Initial Certification from New York University, you will engage in course work, hands-on learning, and research in the following areas as you prepare to become an innovative educator of music:

  • Music research
  • Music education foundations
  • Urban and culturally relevant music pedagogies
  • Technology-enhanced music teaching strategies
  • How to develop a curriculum and build a repertoire suitable for your teaching practice
  • Pedagogical techniques and methods for elementary and secondary school classrooms
  • Approaches to teaching music with special learners

 You'll also have opportunities to work on your musical craft by participating in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by leading New York artists.

Student Teaching

You'll gain valuable experience through intensive fieldwork and two semesters of student teaching at New York City public and independent schools under the close supervision of experienced music teachers. Plus, with dynamic and diverse classroom settings throughout New York City, you’ll get to work with students from numerous backgrounds and experiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Arts in Human Development
  • Technology Resources for Performing Arts Educators
  • Technological Trends in Music Education
  • Music Education Philosophy
  • Music Reference and Research Materials
  • Music for Exceptional Children
  • Teaching Music in Elementary Schools
  • Teaching Music in Secondary Schools
  • Choral Materials, Techniques, and Conducting

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    41 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • 36 semester hours of music
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English. American Sign Language is acceptable.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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