Master of Arts in Music Education

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Join San José State University's Three-Summer Master's Program in Music Education, one of the most progressive music education programs offered at the graduate level. 10 units are offered each summer for three summers, a unique approach that allows you to continue your work as an educator while working towards your master's degree.

The Three Summer Master of Arts in Music Education program is based on Program Director Dr. Hollinger's research into Venezuela's "El Sistema," which focuses on access to education, youth development, rigorous musicianship, and community development. This innovative degree holds the same accreditation as the traditional MA in Music Education but is delivered in a hybrid format with online courses and in-person residency in three summers. 

A combination of theory and practice is used during this program. As a student, you will be challenged to embrace your own philosophy while using music and education to empower your classroom.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Features

Unique program design

This hybrid program offers you the opportunity to learn theory, history, and research courses online and attend practical courses in person at SJSU. Receive your master’s in just three summers.

Cohort connection

Learning within a cohort offers you connection and networking opportunities as well as the chance to share ideas, theories, and practice.

High-caliber educators

Instructors are a mix of knowledgeable faculty and individuals who have accomplished artists in the field of music.

Career Opportunities lists California as the #1 state for music educators and states that it is one of the few states where the music teacher industry is concentrated.

"We seek to empower our community through music education and embrace El Sistema ideals of access, youth development, rigorous musicianship, and community development."

Diana Hollinger
Music Education Area Coordinator

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements

    Students must meet all of SJSU's admission requirements.

  • How to Apply
    For more admission details, please visit the Music Department's How to Apply section.
  • Application Deadlines

    Summer 2025 application opens November 1, 2024

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2025*
    • Document Deadline: April 20, 2025*

    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

  • FAQ

    For answers to some of your FAQs check out the School of Music and Dance prospective students FAQs page


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