Master of Music in Music Education

The Crane School of Music boasts one of the world's oldest and largest music teacher preparation programs. Crane graduates and faculty hold leadership positions in local school districts and in state and national organizations that shape our nation's musical future. We actively seek those who wish to perpetuate our rich heritage and participate in the community of ideas regarding music and music teaching.

Music Education students typically complete their program in two semesters of study (fall/spring).  Applicants who have teaching positions and are therefore unable to attend in the fall and spring semesters may complete the degree in as few as three summer semesters. Crane offers some online courses during other times of the year to supplement those summer courses.  Students entering the Master of Music in Music Education degree need to have a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree or another Bachelor of Music degree with teacher certification.

For students who have a Bachelor of Music degree in an area other than Music Education, and who are interested in getting both teacher certification and a Master of Music in Music Education degree, The Crane School of Music does have a combined certification/Masters option. Typically this program can be completed in two years plus an additional semester of student teaching. Contact the Crane graduate office for more information (

The Master of Music in Music Education has both a thesis and a non-thesis options.  All students begin in the non-thesis option, but can opt for the thesis option once they begin the degree.  To see the degree requirements for either option, click here.

Piano students can also consider adding the Concentration in Piano Pedagogy while in the Music Education degree. A Master of Music double major in both Performance and Music Education is also possible for qualified students.

An online copy of our program brochure can be found here.

Master of Music in Music Education Documents

Master of Music in Music Education degree plan

Final oral exam presentation information (for students in the non-thesis option)

Thesis Links (for students in the thesis option):


Applying for the Master of Music in Music Education

To assist students with the application, we encourage you to use our graduate application checklist to ensure that your application is complete.

Requirements for Admission to Master of Music in Music Education Degree Program

  • Applicants to the Master of Music in Music Education degree program must have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education or another Bachelor of Music degree with teacher certification. The degree must be from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be granted provisional admission by approval of the Crane Graduate Admissions Committee. 
  • Please note that applicants with an undergraduate music theory, music history, and aural skills GPA below 3.0 will have to take the Crane Graduate Theory and History Exams if admitted. Students may be required to take additional remedial coursework based on the results of these exams.

The materials below should be sent to the SUNY Potsdam Center for Graduate Studies.

  • Submission of a Graduate Application to the SUNY Potsdam Center for Graduate Studies (phone:(315) 267- 2165 or (800) 458-1142, ext. 1; E-mail:
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned.
  • Submission of a typed letter of intent written by the applicant and expressing the applicant's professional goals as relevant to the program for which application is made.
  • Submission of an essay or college-level paper that demonstrates the student's ability to organize ideas, research a topic, and write in an academic style.  The essay must be typewritten, well documented and include a bibliography.
  • Submission of a video of the candidate teaching a class or conducting a rehearsal (one of these options is preferred), or a live or video audition on the applicant's principal instrument. The teaching video may be sent as a DVD or submitted via YouTube link (email to See below for information about auditions. Crane graduates are exempt from this requirement and do not need to submit a teaching video or audition.
  • Submission of a non-refundable $50.00 US application processing fee.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  • International students must also provide a certification of finances; and for non-native English speaking candidates proof of TOEFL scores: see the International Graduate Admissions page and the Office of International Education & Programs for details.


Auditions are only required for applicants who are unable to submit a teaching or conducting video (see above). To register for an audition and see our audition dates and locations, please go to the auditions area of our website. For any audition, live or by video, students must fill out the Crane online audition form found on this page. Our final audition for the 2014-2015 audition season is March 14, 2015. Students who wish to request to have an audition by video (due to distance from Postdam, NY) must follow the procedures for submitting video auditions found at the bottom of this webpage:

Repertoire: Students auditioning to enter the Master of Music of Music Education degree should perform repertoire they prepared for a senior recital or jury or some similar repertoire.  The auditioning student needs to perform to at least the standard of the Crane undergraduate Level A jury. If you would like to more about this standard, please consult the Crane Undergraduate Student Handbook (pp. 31-40).


If you are applying for a graduate assistantship and/or scholarship, the application deadline is March 2nd for Fall admissions. All materials must be received by that date, including any audition videos; live auditions must have been completed by March 2nd as well.  For all other students, the deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall admission: April 1st

  • Summer admission: May 1st. However, if planning on continuing on in the fall semester, please use the fall deadlines.

  • Spring admission: November 15th for all materials except the audition; December 13th for the audition.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:  

Crane Graduate Office
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676

(315) 267-2775