Music Education, Ph.D. | Kent State University | Kent, United States
17982 USD/year
17982 USD/year
9648 USD/year
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The Ph.D. degree in Music Education from Kent State University integrates teaching, theory and research in inquiry about music teaching and learning. 

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Through a collaboration with Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services, the degree program allows for emerging scholars to engage in coursework and research in areas connecting musical and educational pedagogies. Students pursuing the Ph.D. degree are interested in preparing music teacher educators at institutions of higher learning; engaging in arts education activities; and exploring emerging practices in curriculum, artistic instruction and educational thought.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Music Education program from Kent State University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of music education research and practice relative to primary, secondary, undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels through writing and oral communication.
  • Engage in research activities appropriate to doctoral and professional level practice in music education.
  • Demonstrate active involvement at local, national and global levels through diverse professional activities, including but not limited to scholarly publications and presentations, collaborative research and engagement with other scholars in order to share knowledge in music and related fields.
  • Communicate a comprehensive and sophisticated knowledge of music education through the lens of history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, research methodologies, advanced pedagogy, learning theories and methods of curricular structure.
  • Demonstrate reading, research, writing and critical-thinking skills related to contemporary music education contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Curriculum
  • Theory and Research in Teaching
  • Advanced Studies in Secondary Choral and General Music
  • Advanced Studies in Instrumental Music
  • Advanced Studies in General Music for Children
  • Research in Music Education
  • Seminar in Music Education 
  • Statistics for Educational Services
  • Quantitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Design

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For timely consideration of the application, it is recommended applicants submit a complete application at least one month before the start of the semester.


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General requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in music education
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Current and valid state teaching license earned from an accredited U.S. university program
  • Minimum three years of successful teaching experience at elementary and/or secondary levels
  • Video/DVD sample of school music teaching
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae of professional musical and teaching work
  • Goal statement
  • Scholarly writing sample of related discipline
  • Three letters of reference (professional and pedagogical)
  • Interview with music education faculty (via voice, video or personal campus visit)
  • English language proficiency 

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Living costs for Kent

1036 - 1710 USD /month
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