Adams State University Master of Arts in Music Education

The Adams State Music Department is proudly accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Graduate students can earn their Master in Art in Music Education in as little as two years, 100 percent online.

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Candidates also have the option to spend the first year on campus and complete an area of concentration in performance, conducting, or composition.

A MA in music education assists current professionals in the field with an increase in salary and the ability to better lead their students in performance. The relevant curriculum is designed to be used in your own classroom. With outstanding Adams State music professors, who are committed to personal interaction with learners, small class sizes and a diverse cohort of professionals, graduates in this program have every advantage for success. Affordable tuition also allows students the ability to earn their advanced degree with reasonable investment.

Master of Arts in Music Education

  • Hybrid Program
  • Online Program

Non-degree Seeking Online Course Offerings

The Department of Music offers graduate courses for non-degree seeking students who wish to take classes for professional development (up to 12 credits) without first being admitted into a graduate program.



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Dr. Matthew Schildt
Director of the Master of Arts in Music Education

Kara Van Geison
Music Department Administrative Assistant

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Music Education Highlights

Our Mission

Adams State University’s online Music Education masters program furthers students’ musical and professional growth, enhances the success of the students they serve, and provides graduate course-work necessary for additional salary credit. Our mission works with the mission and goals of Adams State University and the Graduate School. The Master of Arts in Music Education will provide high quality courses that are rigorous, transferable at the graduate level, accessible to students in rural areas, and reasonably priced.

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Music Education Outcomes


Demonstrate advanced competencies in music education before peers and faculty, including knowledge and application of methodology in quantitative and qualitative music research.

Professional Decisions

Demonstrate advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of music education.


Demonstrate graduate-level perspectives on contemporary issues and problems in music education. This may include a review of curriculum developments, teaching methodology, innovations, and
multidisciplinary concepts in advanced seminars or by other means.

Knowledge and Skills

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in one or more fields of music outside the major such as performance, conducting, theory and analysis, and history and literature.

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Take Online Courses

If there is space available, students not enrolled in the masters program may take course/s of interest upon permission.

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Master of Arts in Music Education Faculty

Beth Robison
Beth Robison, Ph.D.
Department Chair | Professor of Music
Matthew Schildt, Ph.D.
Director of M.A. in Music Education | Professor of Music
Chelsea Oden-square
Chelsea Oden, Ph. D.
Adjunct Professor of Music
Brian Meyers, D.M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Music
James Doyle, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Music

Music Education Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

MUED 504: Composition and Arranging (3 hours)
This course will provide instruction in music orchestration and arranging techniques pertinent to music educators. Students will apply these techniques to arrangements for voice and contemporary band/orchestral instruments and ensembles.

MUED 521: World Music and Culture (3 hours)
This course will provide the conceptual foundations necessary to explore and integrate music from around the world into the K-12 music curriculum. Through case study, critical writing, audio and video example, and individual research, students will investigate, experience, and synthesize the importance of music as it relates to different cultures, customs, religions, and history. Students will learn how music is correlated to everyday activities in a variety of societies.

MUED 523: Topics in Jazz and Rock (3 hours)
This course will examine the development and principle styles in jazz and rock music in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will look at the important developments in both styles through musical, historical, and cultural lenses. The goal of this course is to go beyond a broad overview of these styles, with students doing in-depth listening to seminal albums in both jazz and rock.




The music faculty at Adams State were an outstanding source of insight, and I remain in touch with many of them to this day. I am so grateful to Adams State’s online masters program for providing me with an outstanding experience.

Katie Schrichte (Zdanowski)
Class of 2018

At Adams State, you are not a student. You are family. As a band director, husband, and father, your plate is full of responsibilities. Despite life’s everyday hustle and bustle, all of the professors are accommodating, thoughtful, and understanding.

Kuan Mitchell
Class of 2020

The content is relevant and applicable to each individual’s situation and classroom, and the specific course-work projects are designed to help music educators achieve the next level of knowledge and experience.

Ted Heggen
Class of 2016

I had two major requirements: an online Music Education program, and accreditation by NASM, which ensured the quality of the program. The music education courses were stimulating, relevant, and dare I say it…fun!

Jennifer Scott
Class of 2015

The Adams State Music Department has carefully crafted and refined an online option that is incredibly accessible and practical for working music teachers. The well-balanced curriculum focuses on personal growth and preparation for diverse teaching situations. Prospective students will find that the professors are incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and accessible

Dan Kenealy
Class of 2020

 I’m so grateful to the faculty and staff at Adams State University’s Music Department for all the tireless work and masterful instruction. I thoroughly loved every minute I spent working toward my Master of Arts in Music Education – I can honestly say that I learned more about teaching music than I ever thought I could.

Stephen Brannen
Class of 2015