University of Bridgeport | Education MS Music Concentration

The Music Education Concentration is designed to help practicing music educators in school and community contexts improve their professional practice as music educators. Practicing music teachers work in a wide and ever-expanding variety of contexts: elementary classroom music; secondary general music classes that might include music technology, keyboard, guitar, music theory, music history, and interdisciplinary collaborations; and an evolving array of large and small ensembles including choral, wind band, string, jazz, gospel, rock, and other groups.

Our mission is to support music educators who are informed by best practices in the educational field, and who possess a flexible and multidimensional musicianship. In addition, our graduates are able to envision and enact multiple paradigms for school-based music education. The Music Education Concentration is offered as a concentration under the 33-credit, non-certification Education M.S. degree program. This concentration will be most attractive to certified public school music teachers and music educators working in community music contexts who are interested in a career-focused graduate degree that is individually designed and professionally specific.

The University of Bridgeport’s M.S. degrees in Elementary and Secondary Education offer a Music Education Concentration which does lead to Connecticut certification in music (K-12). Click here to learn more about this option.

Planned Program of Study

Since music teaching situations vary widely, and individual teacher’s backgrounds, strengths, and goals are diverse, students will work with their advisor to create a beneficial planned program of study within the following core areas.

Personal Musicianship (6 credits total, as appropriate, from the following):

Course Number Course Title Credits
APM 400 Applied Music (private lessons)
1-2 per semester
MSED 511 Conducting
MSED 520 Group Instruction in Voice
MSED 521 Group Instruction in Strings
MSED 523 Group Instruction in Woodwinds
MSED 525 Group Instruction in Brass
MSED 526 Group Instruction in Percussion

Music Education (6-credits, including MSED 435):

Course Number Course Title Credits
MSED 435 Designing Curriculum & Instruction in Music 3 (in first semester enrolled)
MSED 541 Choral Practicum 1
MSED 542 Instrumental Practicum 1
MSED 531 Lit. & Tech. for Choral Music
MSED 532 Lit.  & Tech. for Instr. Music
MSED 543 Music in Elementary Schools
MSED 544 Music in Secondary Schools
MSED 545 Technology in Music Ed.
MSED 546 Music in Early Childhood
MSED 599 Special Topics

The remaining 21 credits will be individually selected with the assistance of the student’s advisor, generally including EDUC 500: Education Research & Writing (3 credits online), and EDUC 595: Thesis Research (3 credits).



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