Applied Music and Music Teaching M.A.T. Program

The combined Master's Degree in Applied Music and Music Teaching offers students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and developed a professional level of performance ability the opportunity to continue serious study in music while simultaneously developing teaching competency. The program is designed to prepare students to apply for K-12 certification in New York State. Upon successful completion of additional certification requirements, including specified teacher examinations, candidates will be eligible to receive Initial Certification to teach music in New York State in grades K-12. Courses are offered in Pedagogical Methods, Music History, Theory, and Performance along with School of Education topics. Students are supervised in their fieldwork and student teaching or internship by faculty members in the Department of Music. Once students have completed the degree requirements as well as any outstanding requirements at the undergraduate level*, along with the New York State Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and workshops**, they are eligible to apply for New York State Certification. Counseling is provided by the Graduate Advisers or Coordinators of the Department of Music and/or the School of Education.

To graduate, students must complete all degree requirements, including educational core courses, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must complete any additional requirements, including pedagogical, content-area, and/or distribution courses, with the same 3.0+ GPA. 

*The N.Y.S. Department of Education provides guidelines for required undergraduate coursework. 

**As of 2014, there are four required New York State Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and three workshops.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study. Above-average academic achievement in general and music courses is required.
  • Demonstrate, by audition, a professional level of performing ability. Auditions may be arranged by calling the Music Department at 718-960-8247.
  • Have taken the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents: at least 12 credits in Music Theory and Musicianship and at least 12 credits in Music History or Ethnomusicology. Undergraduate deficiencies must be made up for no credit toward the M.A.T.
  • Demonstrate, by examination, proficiency in music theory, history, and musicianship.
  • If conditionally admitted, make up not more than 12 credits of specified undergraduate coursework, finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.
  • Submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) revised general test, i.e., verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

Degree Requirements (39–42)

The program requires a minimum of 39–42 credits, including 18 credits in Music,18 credits in Pedagogy, and either 3 or 6 credits for Practicum.

I. Music Content (18)

With the approval of a graduate adviser, 18 credits will be chosen from the following:

3 credits in Music Theory:

Credits
MST 710Advanced Musical Analysis

3

MST 750Special Topics in Music Theory

3

3 credits in Performance Studies:

Credits
MSH 700Performance Practice from the Baroque to the Present

3

MSP 750Special Topics in Music Performance

3

6 credits in Musicology / Ethnomusicology:

Credits
MSH 750Special Topics in Music History

3

MSH 751Topics in Ethnomusicology

3

3 credits in Music Pedagogy:

Credits
MSP 722Vocal Pedagogy

1

MSP 723Secondary Instrument Laboratory Ensemble I

1

MSP 724Secondary Instrument Laboratory-Ensemble II

1

3 credits in Electives:

Credits
MST 712Music, Computers and Multimedia Pedagogy

3

MST 730Introduction to Music Therapy

3

MST 731Music and the Brain

3

MSP 760Piano for Music Teachers

2

MST 714Advanced Musicianship

2

II. Pedagogical Core (18)

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) for 18 credits:

Credits
ESC 501Psychological Foundations of Education

3

 

ESC 506Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings

3

Or

EDS 701Understanding Individuals with Disabilities

3

 

ESC 529Language and Literacies Acquisition in Secondary Education

3

ESC 733Teaching Music in the Middle Schools

3

ESC 785Methods of Teaching Music in the Secondary School and Adult Education

3

EDE 755Advanced Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School

3

EDS 701: Or the equivalent.

III. Practicum (3 or 6)

For the Practicum, students who are already working full time as music teachers will take:

Credits
ESC 595Internship in Classroom Teaching

1-3

ESC 611Teaching Internship Seminar in Secondary Education

1

Students who are not already working full time as music teachers will take:

Credits
ESC 596Student Teaching in the Middle and High School Grades

3

ESC 612Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching.

3