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Music, M.A.

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The Music Department at Northeastern offers a Master of Arts in Music (Applied Pedagogy). Pedagogy is defined as the art of teaching. This degree prepares students who already have a bachelor's degree in music for successful:

  • college-level teaching;
  • in-service elementary and secondary public or private school teaching; or
  • continuation into doctoral degree work.

Northeastern is one of the only universities in the region to offer a degree in pedagogy.

Credit hours required: 32

Admission Information

The program admits students for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Career Options 

The M.A. in Music leads to careers such as a:

  • teacher/instructor (community college levels)
  • elementary and secondary private studio teacher
  • recording artist
  • performer
  • vocalist
  • studio musician

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Music and the courses offered toward the degree.

Music, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact the Department of Music and Dance at (773) 442-5900 or

Music and Dance

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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