Master of Music Education

APU’s Master of Music Education  (M.M.Ed.) program prepares current and prospective teaching professionals as school music specialists qualified to lead K-12 music programs in private and public sectors.

The Master of Music Education broadens the scope and increases the expertise of current teaching professionals and those training as school music specialists. Students may select the choral emphasis or the instrumental emphasis.


Comprehensive Master’s-Level Exit Exam (0 Units) 1
Core Courses12
Introduction to Graduate Research Methods
Advanced Analysis of Form and Style
Students enroll in GMUS 501A or B, depending upon diagnostic entrance exam results.
Seminar in Musicology: The Renaissance
Seminar in Musicology: The Baroque
Students enroll in GMUS 502A or B, depending upon diagnostic exam results.
Seminar in Musicology: The Nineteenth Century
Seminar in Musicology: The Twentieth Century
Major Area18
Seminar A: Music Education
Seminar B: Music Education
Seminar C: Music Education
Seminar D: Music Education
Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Music Education
Social and Historical Foundations of Music Education
Literature and Resources for Music Education
Directed Research 2
Students enroll in GMUS 509A for the Choral Emphasis, and GMUS 510 for the Instrumental Emphasis.
Conducting I (Choral)
Conducting II (Instrumental)
Electives 34
Total Units34

This exam must be taken and passed by all master’s degree candidates in the last semester of their degree coursework in order to graduate with the Master of Music Education from Azusa Pacific University.


Two units are required, but additional units may be taken each semester until completion of degree, and completion of research to the satisfaction of the advising professor.


Four elective units are required for this degree. It is suggested that the student enroll in 2 units of any graduate-level music course and 2 units of applied lessons. Applied lessons used in this requirement generate an additional fee.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.