Music Education, PhD
for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
director of school: Dr. Jeffrey Sposato
associate director of graduate studies: Dr. Reynold Tharp
program contact: Jenny Phillips
overview of school of music admissions & requirements: http://music.illinois.edu/prospective-students
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overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply
department website: https://music.illinois.edu
department faculty: Music Faculty
college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/
department office: School of Music, 2040 Music Building, 1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801
phone: (217) 333-3459
The doctoral program in music education consists of the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education. The Ph.D. is tailored to meet the varying needs and interests of individuals seeking a terminal degree in Music Education. The Ph.D. is appropriate for those students who possess a strong background and interest in research. The Ph.D. places emphasis on research and research methodology training. Students entering the Ph.D. must have already completed a substantial thesis or research project as part of their master’s degree. For more information about this degree, please visit the Music Education Advising website.
Graduate Degree Programs in Music
Choral Music|Instrumental Conducting - Band|Instrumental Conducting - Orchestra|Jazz Performance|Music Composition|Music Theory|Musicology|Performance & Literature|Piano Pedagogy|Vocal Coaching & Accompanying
Choral Music|Instrumental Conducting - Orchestra|Instrumental Conducting – Wind Band|Jazz Performance|Music Composition|Performance & Literature|Vocal Coaching & Accompanying
The School of Music has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1933.
For all degree programs, consult the admission requirements stated on the School of Music’s website: https://music.illinois.edu/graduate-admissions.
Requirements for admission to the Master of Music (MM) programs are a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or an equivalent degree from another accredited institution. Students holding other degrees may be admitted but will be expected to make up any deficiencies in addition to fulfilling all requirements for the graduate degree.
Applicants to choral music, instrumental conducting (wind band or orchestra), jazz performance, piano pedagogy, performance and literature, and vocal accompanying and coaching must pass a qualifying audition for their major area or submit satisfactory recordings. Applicants in musicology, theory, and composition must present writings or other evidence of their ability to pursue work at the graduate level. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
The School of Music requires all new MM students to complete entrance examinations in music theory and musicianship; all new MM students, except those in musicology, complete a musicology entrance exam as well. These exams take place the week before the fall term begins. See the School of Music’s Graduate Resources page for more information.
Prerequisite for admission to the Artist Diploma is a master's degree in music performance.
International applicants to the MM and the Artist Diploma (AD) whose native language is not English must present an iBT score of 79 for admission to the Artist Diploma (AD), 90 for the Master of Music (MM), excluding Musicology; MM in Musicology requires an iBT score of 96. A TOEFL iBT of 103 or higher is required for Full Status Admission to the University of Illinois Graduate College and School of Music. Fall admission only; other terms of entry by departmental petition approval only.
Requirements for admission to the Master of Music in Education (MME) are:
- Undergraduate degree in music education from an accredited institution;
- An overall grade average for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The grade average for Music Education and Education courses, when averaged separately, must also be at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
- Recommendations from three individuals who can discuss the applicant’s musicianship, ability to undertake graduate level study, and teaching ability/potential.
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for application to the MME, nor do MME students take placement tests in music theory or music history.
For MME applicants with public school experience:
- recommendation from a principal or supervisor who speaks primarily to the quality of the applicants teaching experience;
- recommendation from an individual who speaks primarily to the quality of the applicants musicianship;
- recommendation from an individual who speaks primarily to the applicants potential for completion of graduate level study;
- applicants who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship should ensure that at least one of their references provides specific comments on their potential to engage in university level teaching duties associated with such an appointment.
For MME applicants without public school experience:
- recommendation from a music education professor;
- recommendation from an applied or ensemble music professor;
- recommendation from an individual who can speak to the applicants potential for completion of graduate study.
Applicants seeking admission to the MME + Licensure program, should review the requirements found online at: https://music.illinois.edu/graduate-admissions
International applicants to the MME whose native language is not English must present an iBT score of 96 for the Master of Music Education (MME). A TOEFL iBT of 103 or higher is required for Full Status Admission to the University of Illinois Graduate College and School of Music.
The School of Music offers an academic year program and a Summers-only MME. For academic year applications, the School of Music offers Fall admission only; spring term of entry by departmental petition approval only.
Requirements for admission to the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology programs are the Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or an equivalent degree from another accredited institution.
Applicants to the Doctor of Musical Arts programs must have:
- a high level of proficiency in composition, conducting, or performance - candidates in composition must submit original scores for review, and candidates in performance and literature must pass a qualifying audition or submit satisfactory recordings; and
- appropriate experience in ensemble performance and/or score reading. Candidates in voice and vocal accompanying and coaching must have fulfilled all foreign language requirements considered prerequisites for the Master of Music degree, including 1 year of college-level study in Italian, French, and German.
The School of Music requires all new DMA students to complete entrance examinations in musicology, music theory, aural skills, and score reading. These exams take place the week before the fall term begins. See the School of Music’s Graduate Resources page for more information.
International applicants to the DMA or PhD whose native language is not English must submit an iBT score of 96. A TOEFL iBT of 103 or higher is required for Full Status Admission to the University of Illinois Graduate College and School of Music.
Fall admission only; other terms of entry by departmental petition approval only.
For information about admission to the MME and PhD in Music Education, please visit www.music.illinois.edu.
For the Master of Music program, applicants in voice and vocal accompanying and coaching are required to have had at least one year each of college-level French, German, and Italian or the equivalent. Applicants in other applied music areas, composition, conducting, musicology, and theory are required to have had one year of any language at the college level or the equivalent.
All Doctor of Musical Arts candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English. Each division may specify which language is required or may require proficiency in more than one language. Please review the current Graduate Music Handbook for more details.
Proficiency is required in two languages, depending on the proposed field of specialization, for candidates in the Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology program. This may be demonstrated through two years of undergraduate study in each language.
For all Graduate Degrees:
For those students who do not meet the language requirement at the time of entrance, it may be satisfied by evidence of two years of undergraduate study or the equivalent, or by completion of a two-semester, 500-level reading course sequence at UIUC with a grade of at least B-, or by satisfactory test scores. For up-to-date information regarding language requirements of the School of Music, please see the Graduate Music Handbook.
Graduate Teaching Experience
Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience.
Fellowships, teaching, graduate, and research assistantships are awarded on a one-year basis with continuation dependent upon success in the program. Specific information on application procedures is available from the Music Admissions Office, (217) 244-7899; email@example.com.
for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
|MUS 535||Philosophic Inquiry in Mus Ed||4|
|MUS 543||Music Teacher Education||4|
|MUS 544||Doctoral Seminar in Music Education (enrollment every semester) 1||0-2|
|Music Education Electives 2||6|
|Educational Psychology (EPSY) (8 hrs. required, minimum of 4 in the College of Education) 3||8|
|Educational Policy (EPS or C&I) (8 hrs. required, minimum of 4 in the College of Education) 4||8|
|Research methodology courses in College of Education 5||16|
|MUS 599||Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)||16-32|
|Other requirements may overlap|
|Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD?||Yes|
|Qualifying Exam Required:||Yes|
|Preliminary Exam Required:||Yes|
|Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required:||Yes|
|Dissertation Deposit Required:||Yes|
Local students must register every semester. Credit is earned only for one semester.
Minimum of 6 hours of electives from music education; or, with approval of the Music Education Graduate Coordinator, courses in other Colleges. (e.g., MUS 529, MUS 530, MUS 531, MUS 532, MUS 533, MUS 536, MUS 539, MUS 541, MUS 542)
MUS 531 may be counted as one EPSY course.
To partially fulfill the EPS requirement, a student may take courses in the College of Education or the following: MUS 539.
A student must take 12 hours of College of Education Research Specialization Methodology courses, unless exceptions are approved by the Music Education Graduate Coordinator. In addition, MUS 534 earns four credits, bringing the total Research Methodology credits to 16.