About Music Education at USF
Music Education Area Mission Statement
Music Education at the University of South Florida is a visionary laboratory for the preparation of the next generation of music educators and scholars, and serves as a dynamic site for progressive and foundational teaching/learning and research in music education, within the context of contemporary life. Comprehensive degree offerings include the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Arts, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education.
The B.S. Program
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in music education is designed to prepare students as practitioners in the field. Practical experience is the underlying value in all courses and field experiences. Students receive direct experience with music education philosophies, theories, and practices through course work and laboratory settings, as well as the K-12 schools at all stages in the program. Students progress towards a robust, semester-long, student-teaching experience and participate in experimental and professional opportunities offered by formal and informal undergraduate and graduate symposia and contemporary consortia. This degree program challenges and prepares students to not only embrace the traditions of music education in the schools, but also to incorporate new potentials for the future.
The M.A. Program
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music Education Degree Program at USF is an innovative curriculum unlike anything in the field. The program focuses on learner centered and informal pedagogical techniques as applied in music, as well as techniques of research. This degree is intended for k-12 music teachers who are interested in broadening the pedagogical possibilities in their classrooms as well as those teachers who would like to develop their action research skills to better assess their work.
All required coursework is offered via distance learning with the exception of a one week, intensive summer experience on the USF Tampa campus. The first course in the required sequence, Informal Learning in Music Education I, is an alternative calendar class which begins with online study in June and ends with a one week on-campus experience in July.
The Ph.D. Program
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in music education is the highest degree in the field. At the University of South Florida, this program is designed to develop global leaders in music education research, teaching, and administration. The curriculum prepares the student to engage in original research in music education and related fields (aesthetics, arts education, creativity, engineering, gerontology, music technology, neuropsychology, philosophy, social psychology, special and gifted education, speech and communication sciences, etc.). In coordinating with faculty mentors, the student has great flexibility in designing a program that fits his/her interests and strengths.
Music Education Faculty
Emeritus and Retired Faculty