Enhance the way you teach music

Combining your passion of music and teaching can create effective and meaningful learning experiences for students. This online master’s program will equip you with advanced concepts, research and methods from faculty who have extensive backgrounds in both education and musical performance. Core courses and pedagogy-based electives let you customize the program to your career needs.

While this program does not grant teacher certification or a field endorsement to teach music in K-12 schools, UNK can help you identify programs that will best meet your professional goals.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree in music

Career Opportunities with a Master's in Music Education

  • Music Teacher
  • Band Director
  • Choral Director
  • Composer
  • Instrument Tutor

"The graduate program was really helpful because I was able to dive into subjects and particular matter that interested me more. So, I was able to dive deeper into those and use what I already knew as a teacher: This is my style of teaching; this is how I manage students and the pedagogy I already use, and in my courses, my professors were very supportive and flexible to allow me to build on those strengths."

Bobby Jacobs

Music Education M.A.ED.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney is an accredited institution through the Higher Learning Commission.  Programs in UNK's Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance are also accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music.

Benefits of a Master's Degree

A graduate degree helps you advance your career by qualifying for higher positions with additional leadership opportunities. The median salary for those with master’s degrees is 16% higher than for those with an undergraduate degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.