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Master of Arts in Music: Applied Music Pedagogy Program

College of Arts and Sciences


Name: Travis Heath
Phone: (773)442-5917
Link: Department Website


The graduate program in music offers a Master of Arts degree in applied music pedagogy (the art of teaching). It serves (1) students preparing for college-level teaching, (2) students preparing for advanced graduate studies (D.M.A, Ph.D.), and (3) elementary and secondary private studio teachers. The core classes of the degree are advanced seminars in pedagogy and repertoire, culminating in a thesis project and recital pertinent to the student's primary instrument.

Is this for me?

The M.A. in Applied Music Pedagogy is open to all instrument and voice types. An audition on the primary instrument/voice is required for acceptance into the program. An earned bachelor's degree in music is a pre-requisite. Completion of entrance exams in theory and history during the first semester of school is required. Our graduate students span a wide range from career educators to recent graduates who are looking to hone their performance and teaching skills. Northeastern Illinois University is one of the only universities in the region to offer a degree in pedagogy.


Prospective students should:

  1. Apply for Admission online:
  2. Audition at one of our March audition dates, or by arrangement with applied teachers. (Contact: Dr. Travis Heath DVD recorded auditions may be accepted with consent from the applied teacher and Graduate Advisor.
  3. After acceptance by the University and acceptance into the Music Department by audition, you must complete entrance exams and attend orientation.