Master's in Music Education established at Adams State


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The Adams State College Music Department Master of Art in music education was recently accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music. According to Dr. Tracy Doyle, chair of the music department, NASM has a reputation for high integrity and comprehensive review procedures. "Receiving accreditation from NASM is a good indication of the quality of the new program," Doyle said.

She said over the years there have been a number of inquiries and interest shown in the development of the program. Dr. James VanValkenburg, associate professor of music, was appointed the director. He said the first cohort will begin in the fall 2012. "Dr. VanValkenburg years of experience in the public schools and his proficiency with online programs makes him the perfect candidate for the position as director of the master’s degree," Doyle said.

According to VanValkenburg, the online music education master's 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.

Accredited by both the NASM and The Higher Learning Commission, the two-year degree can be completed completely online, or candidates can spend the first year on campus and complete an area of concentration in performance, conducting or composition.

The degree is open to students who hold a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution of higher education; or hold a bachelor's degree in another subject and have completed a state licensure program in music; or hold a bachelor's degree in another subject and have earned a passing grade on a state standardized licensure exam in music or music education.

For more information contact the Adams State College Music Department at 719-587-7621 or visit Master of Art in Music Education.