Music Education

Ph.D. in Music Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in music education is a research-focused terminal degree in the field. At the University of South Florida, this program is intended for the aspiring pinnacle leader in music education research, teaching, and administration. The curriculum prepares the student to engage in original research in music education and related fields (arts education, music technology, music psychology, etc.). In coordinating with faculty mentors, the student has great flexibility in designing a program that fits his/her interests and strengths. A cognate area of studies is built into the program. Examples of cognate studies include conducting, composition, performance, as well as fields outside of music, such as educational psychology, neuroscience, statistics, multicultural education, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, educational administration, and so forth.

Admission requirement include an interview with the music education faculty and the submission of writing samples and GRE scores. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available to outstanding students.

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Contact Dr. C. Victor Fung, the academic advisor for this program, for more details (email:

Sample PhD Alumni Placements

  • Jon Bassett, Professor, Florida College, Florida
  • Zadda Bazzy, Curriculum Specialist for the Arts, Manatee County Schools, Florida
  • Joshua Blair, Director of Bands, Plant City High School, Florida
  • Matthew Buckmaster, Associate Professor, Elon University, North Carolina
  • Mark Cole, Instructor, Gardner-Webb University, North Carolina
  • Gary Compton, Fine Arts Chair, Academy at the Lakes, Florida
  • Wayne Gallops, Professor & Director of University Bands, Radford University, Virginia
  • Dakeyan Graham, Director of Bands, King High School; Teacher of the Year (2019), Hillsborough County, Florida
  • Timothy Groulx, Associate Professor, University of North Florida, Florida
  • Patrick Hernly, Academic Chair of Music Industry Recording Arts, St Petersburg College, Florida
  • Jonathan Kladder, Assistant Professor, Ithaca College, New York
  • Lisa Lehmberg, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • James Lindroth, Assistant Professor, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma
  • Kimberly Mieder, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, California State University, Sonoma, CA
  • Marian Newsome Moorhead, String Specialist, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
  • Joel Pagán, Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas
  • Rebecca Rinsema, Lecturer, Northern Arizona University, Arizona
  • Kathy Rolsten, Instructor, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • José Valentino Ruiz, Assistant Professor, Lee University, Tennessee
  • Cynthia Selph, Assistant Professor, Saint Leo University, Florida
  • Andrew Sioberg, Director of Teaching and Learning Conditions Initiative, New Teacher Center, North Carolina
  • Nick Stefanic, Music Technology Specialist, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
  • Michael Zelenak, Assistant Professor, Alabama State University, Alabama