M.M. On Campus

Music Education

State University of New York Potsdam

12 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
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The Crane School of Music boasts one of the world's oldest and largest music teacher preparation programs. Music Education programme graduates at State University of New York Potsdam and faculty hold leadership positions in local school districts and in state and national organizations that shape our nation's musical future.


About this Degree

We actively seek those who wish to perpetuate our rich heritage and participate in the community of ideas regarding music and music teaching.

Music Education students typically complete their program in two semesters of study (fall/spring). Applicants who have teaching positions and are therefore unable to attend in the fall and spring semesters may complete the degree in as few as two summer semesters (with additional online coursework).

Students entering Music Education programme graduates at State University of New York Potsdam are expected to have a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree or another Bachelor of Music degree with New York State (or equivalent) music teacher certification. 

For those persons holding initial certification to teach music K-12 in the State of New York, all degree programs in The Crane School of Music are designed to fulfill the academic requirements for professional certification to teach K-12 music in the State of New York.

Key facts:

The Music Education, M.M. program has both a thesis and a non-thesis options. All students begin in the non-thesis option, but can opt for the thesis option once they begin the degree.

Piano students can also consider adding the Concentration in Piano Pedagogy while in the Music Education degree. A Master of Music double major in both Performance and Music Education is also possible for qualified students.

Programme Structure

  • Upon entering the program, students in Option B will create a list of 3 questions; one question based on curriculum work, one question based on historical/philosophical influences and one question selfgenerated. 
  • These questions will frame the graduate learning experiences and culminate with a presentation during the final oral exam. Four weeks before the final oral exam, students will submit an outline of their final oral presentation along with a bibliography. 
  • For the final oral meeting, students will create a half-hour presentation which highlights how their graduate journey has answered the questions posed in the beginning of the degree work and illustrate how the student has synthesized their learning.  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be granted provisional admission by approval of the Crane Graduate Admissions Committee.The Committee will also examine undergraduate music theory, music history, and aural skills grades. The preference is that the average GPA for these courses is also 3.0 or more.
  • Submission of a letter of intent written by the applicant expressing their professional goals. Address the following two questions directly. (no more than 250 words per response, please)
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned.
  • A writing sample that is representative of the applicant’s degree program and academic interests.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Potsdam

892 - 1945 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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