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UTM opens master's program in music education

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin has a newly-accredited master’s

degree program in music education that provides students with advanced academic and

professional skills for the classroom.

It also enhances their ability to apply music education methods, theory and research in the


The 33-credit-hour program consists of core music education courses, core music courses and the student’s choice for an area of emphasis: general, choral conducting, instrumental conducting or leadership.

The conducting areas have some summer courses to be held on campus.

The new program is a hybrid online program and joins the highly-ranked collection of

online programs available at UT Martin.

The program was approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission last summer and was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in mid-November.

Dr. Jody Blake

Dr. Jody Blake, coordinator of music education and associate professor of music, said the

program is fully operational and is taking applications for the Spring 2024 semester.

“The program is designed for working educators or those who have a bachelor’s degree in music who are wanting to further their education,” he said. “We are trying to let people know that we are enrolling students right now for the spring.

“It’s a very well-rounded program. It’s flexible, it can be completed online and there are seven-week courses. The leadership emphasis is probably the most interdisciplinary of the four because it lets you take three classes outside of the music area.”

Those wanting to pursue a master of music in music education degree should have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in music or music performance from an accredited university or college.

  • A 2.75 or better cumulative grade-point average.

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references.

  • An interview with music faculty.

Applications can be made through the program’s website at, clicking on the “Admissions & Aid” link, then clicking on the “Graduate” link.

For more information about the master of music in music education program, contact Blake at or at 731-881-7482.

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