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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 two summer semesters (with additional online coursework).

Students entering the Master of Music in Music Education degree are expected to have a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree or another Bachelor of Music degree with New York State (or equivalent) music teacher certification. For those persons holding initial certification to teach music K-12 in the State of New York, all degree programs in The Crane School of Music are designed to fulfill the academic requirements for professional certification to teach K-12 music in the State of New York.

The Loading... program 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.

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.

Important Documents

Applying for the M.M. in Music Education

Requirements for Admission to M.M. in Music Education

  • 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 initial teacher certification in New York or equivalent certification from another US state. 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.The Committee will also examine undergraduate music theory, music history, and aural skills grades. The preference is that the average GPA for these courses is also 3.0 or more.

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

  1. Submission of a Graduate Application to the SUNY Potsdam Center for Graduate Studies (phone:(315) 267- 2165 or (800) 458-1142 (ext. 1), Email:
  2. Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
    • Crane graduates are exempt from this requirement and do not need to submit a teaching video.
    • Students who are unable to supply a teaching video may perform an audition either in person or by video. See below for information about auditions.
  6. Submission of a non-refundable $50.00 US application processing fee.
  7. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  8. International students must also provide a certification of finances; and for non-native English speaking candidates proof of language test scores (such as the TOEFL): see the International Graduate Admissions page and the Office of International Education & Programs for details.
  9. The GRE is not required.

Audition (only for those choosing this option, see number 5, above)

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 register ahead of time.

  • For Fall 2021 Admission: Our final audition for the 2020-2021 audition season is February 27, 2021, but audition registration ends on February 14, 2021. All students must register for an audition. Those who do not register by the last day of registration will not be able to audition.
  • Students who wish to request to have an audition by video (due to distance from Postdam, NY) must still register. Follow the procedures for submitting video auditions found at the bottom of this webpage, and their video must arrive by February 26, 2021.
  • For those wishing to start in the Spring 2021 semester, the audition date is December 12, 2020 (last day to register: November 29, 2020), and video auditions must arrive by December 11, 2020.

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 Student Handbook (pp. 35-45).


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 our final audition day as well. For all other students, the deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall or Summer admission: May 1st (but see information above regarding the graduate assistantship and scholarship deadline)
  • Spring admission: November 15th for all materials except the audition
  • NOTE: International students will not be accepted to begin in the spring semester except under unusual circumstances. Instead, we encourage international students to apply to start in a fall semester.

Contact Information

Crane Graduate Office
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676
(315) 267-2775