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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.

Master of Music: Music Education Degree Information

Applying for the 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: graduate@potsdam.edu).
  2. Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned.
  3. Submission of a letter of intent written by the applicant expressing their professional goals.
  4. Music Education Questions: Address the following two questions directly. (no more than 250 words per response, please)
    • What kind of philosophy guides music teachers in working toward student inclusion and success, advancing the public good, and assuming the responsibility of securing the cultural health of the community they serve? 
    • In what ways do you see your study at Crane expanding, strengthening your understanding of, and enabling you to enact these goals?    
  5. Submission of a video of the candidate teaching a class or conducting a rehearsal, as an example of teaching. The teaching video is submitted in the Digital Portfolio part of your application, and the video can either be uploaded or linked to.
  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.

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. Note that there is no separate application for graduate assistantships.

For all other students, the deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall or Summer admission: May 1st 
  • Spring admission: November 15th for all materials
  • 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
Email: gradmusic@potsdam.edu