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Online Master of Music in Music Education

Inspire the Next Great Musician

Learn to better support the next generation’s engagement with music and share your passion with your students.

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Best Colleges Top 10 Online Master’s in Music Education: No. 1

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U.S. News & World Report Top Public Universities: No. 5

Best Value Program

Cost per Credit Hour: $600

Total Tuition and Fees: $20,979.75*

Grow as a Musician, Excel as an Educator

The University of Florida’s online Master of Music in Music Education program is designed to help music educators enhance their abilities as musicians, teachers, and passionate students of one of humanity’s most dynamic modes of creative expression. Exhaustively exploring both practical and theoretical perspectives, the program, designed and taught by talented leading experts in the field, is perfect for current music educators looking to enhance their ability to encourage student engagement with music.

The curriculum combines advanced musical study with thorough examination of contemporary teaching methods, which can help you develop engaging, inspiring lesson plans for today’s students.

We understand that most educators want to continue teaching while they work toward their degree, and we want you to continue teaching the next generation of musicians too. We embolden our students to immediately apply the knowledge and skills they learn throughout our coursework to their current classrooms, a process that enriches your practice.

Because of this, the program is structured to fit the busy schedules of working educators. We keep our class sizes small, and each course is offered asynchronously. This setup facilitates deeper connections with professors through frequent interaction and allows you to learn at your own pace without a fixed time commitment.

Remote lessons are an increasingly important part of an educator’s responsibilities, and the UF College of the Arts has been ahead of the curve in world-class online learning, offering music programs in the virtual space since 2010. Whether you direct a band, chorus, or orchestra; teach general music; lead other types of school-wide music classes at the elementary or secondary levels; instruct private lessons; or otherwise teach and lead music in your community, the program can help you explore new career opportunities and form even greater connections to your students through music — all while earning your master’s in music education online.

*Does not include textbooks and other materials/hardware required to complete the program. Note that these programs are “self-supporting.” Per Florida Board of Governor Regulations 8.002, the term “self-supporting” describes a budgetary model and does not impact student financial aid eligibility.

Brandon Benson

The Master of Music in Music Education at the University of Florida has helped me become a better inspiration to my students. I see a brighter future with my career since attaining the degree, as it has already led to a promotion and salary increase.

– Brandon Benson
Director of Bands, Opp City Schools in Alabama

Learn more about the University of Florida’s online Master of Music in Music Education.

UF Graduate Research Award and Grants

Online students in the Master of Music in Music Education may take advantage of UF’s graduate research award. This award helps eligible students pursue opportunities, such as speaking at conferences or conducting fieldwork, by providing financial support for travel and other related expenses. For more information, please visit our Graduate Research Award Page.

Our online students can also apply for grants to participate in special events with UF faculty. For instance, in 2022 a student from the MMME program received grant funding to present original research, which was based on one of their class projects, at a graduate conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The student’s research and presentation were praised by scholars from around the world. In 2024, five additional students received grants of $2,000 each to attend the Kenya Music Festival in Eldoret, Kenya. This major cultural event has taken place for over 90 years and includes national music competitions and cultural showcases; winning performers are invited to participate in a closing concert attended by the President of Kenya and other high government officials. During this trip, participants had opportunities to engage deeply with the festival as international guests and clinicians, learning about Kenyan music and traditions, shadowing adjudicators during performances, and serving as clinicians with ensembles from across Kenya. We look forward to many other exciting opportunities for our students in the future!

“Our program encourages students to challenge their assumptions, explore different methods, and discover innovative strategies for music teaching. By fostering flexible thinking and creative teaching techniques, we ensure that our students are well-prepared to adapt to the evolving educational landscape.”

—Dr. William I. Bauer, Professor and Director of the Online Master of Music in Music Education

UF Music Ed Student Story: Why I Earned My Master’s Online

Creativity and collaboration are as essential to a music teacher’s toolkit as pedagogical knowledge. At UF, we’ve put a lot of thought into how we could create a program that helps teachers hone their core music education skills, while also encouraging them to inspire their classmates to think of new approaches and ideas.

If you’re curious what that looks like in practice, the best way to learn is by hearing our students share their personal experiences. Watch this video to see what they have to say about learning online at UF.

Learn to better support the next generation’s engagement with music.

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Awards that current UF faculty have earned for making their mark in music education.