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Advanced skills for professional teachers

UNC’s Master of Music with Music Education emphasis enables K-12 music teachers to deepen their musicianship and teaching skills. Offered by one of the country’s premier training grounds for music teachers, the music education master’s degree prepares you for advanced teaching responsibilities, leadership roles, and higher-paying positions.

You’ll build relationships with exceptional faculty, including nationally recognized experts in music education. The program integrates current innovations in music and the classroom with an in-depth exploration of traditions and historical roots. You’ll develop advanced teaching techniques and deepen your content knowledge, with the flexibility to tailor your studies to your academic interests and career goals. The School of Music promotes opportunities for independent research and collaboration with faculty. You’ll deepen your skills, broaden your professional network and graduate with a degree from an institution that consistently ranks among U.S. News and World Report’s top schools for graduate music education.

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Online + Summer Greeley workshops

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M.M. in Music Education

The master of music is designed for K-12 music teachers who seek to enhance their content knowledge, classroom technique and pedagogical understanding. You’ll work closely with your faculty adviser to choose courses that support your academic strengths and career goals. UNC stands out for its expertise in curriculum trends, multicultural education, educational psychology and other specialized aspects of music education. The program totals 30-36 credits and includes a research component.

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Music Educator's Intensive Master's Degree Program

This program is a low residency program – courses are completed online during the academic year and you’ll attend an intensive, six-week summer on campus program. You’ll learn practical techniques to improve classroom teaching skills as well as explore theoretical issues involved in music education.  The program offers the flexibility to tailor your studies to your academic interests and career goals and will also prepare you to progress to doctoral level study.

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Your Future in Music Education

Music education is evolving rapidly. New technologies and innovative approaches have transformed the way music teachers present new concepts and communicate with students. The Master of Music Education enables you to master current trends, apply them in your work, and get better outcomes in the classroom. You’ll also gain the credentials and expertise to take on expanded responsibilities and move into leadership roles.

Consider UNC’s M.M. in Music Education if you want to:

  • Achieve better outcomes in the classroom
  • Deepen your knowledge of music
  • Expand your range of teaching techniques
  • Qualify for leadership roles and higher-paying positions

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced classroom techniques
  • Deep content knowledge
  • Educational psychology
  • Working with diverse populations

Sample courses:

  • Curriculum Trends in Music Education
  • Teaching Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools
  • Marching Band Techniques
  • Pedagogy and Conducting



Mark Montemayor

Professor of Music, Head of Music Education Area

Mark Montemayor had such rewarding experiences in his middle-school and high-school bands that he aspired to become a music educator himself. “Part of it was purely musical,” he remembers. “Part of it was social. Part of it was about self-identity — doing something that you care about, that you love, the best you can possibly do it. “ 

He followed that desire to Gig Harbor, Washington (near Tacoma), where he spent seven years as director of the widely acclaimed Gig Harbor High School Band. After earning master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington, Montemayor developed research expertise in teacher effectiveness and student-teacher mentoring, finding ways to help educators replicate and amplify inspirational experiences for their students. 

A research consultant for the Center for Integrated Arts Education, Montemayor has presented his work at the Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference, the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research, and state and national sessions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) . His work is published in the book series A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, edited by Timothy Salzman, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and the International Journal of Music Education.


Where can your degree take you?

Advanced teaching positions

Advanced teaching positions

Departmental leadership roles

Departmental leadership roles

Curriculum development and assessment

Curriculum development and assessment

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