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 a writing sample, GRE scores, a professional goal statement, a curriculum vitae, transcripts, a sample music-teaching video, and recommendation letters. A limited number of fellowships and assistantships are available to outstanding students.

Due to COVID-19, the School of Music will look at the GRE requirement on a case-by-case basis and consider an extension to submit the GRE scores and where other application materials are appropriate, may consider the scores as optional.

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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, Music Specialist, Onslow County Schools, North Carolina; Manatee County Educator of the Year (2013)
  • Joshua Blair, Director of Bands, Plant City High School, Florida
  • Matthew Buckmaster, Assistant Dean of Global Education & Associate Professor, Elon University, North Carolina
  • Morgan Burburan, Assistant Professor, Ithaca College, New York
  • Mark Cole, Assistant Professor, 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 Chá Dré Graham, Executive Director of Independent Education and Parental Choice, Florida Department of Education; Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year (2019) & Florida Teacher of the Year (2020)
  • 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, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Lisa Lehmberg, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • James Lindroth, Associate Professor, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma
  • Kimberly Mieder, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, Sonoma State University, California
  • Marian Newsome Moorhead, String Specialist, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
  • Joel Pagán, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Texas
  • Rebecca Rinsema, Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University, Arizona
  • Kathy Rolsten, Instructor, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • José Valentino Ruiz, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Cynthia Selph, Assistant Professor, Saint Leo University, Florida
  • Andrew Sioberg, Director of Teaching and Learning Conditions Initiative, New Teacher Center, North Carolina
  • Melissa Slawsky, Instructor, St. Petersburg College, Florida
  • Nick Stefanic, Music Technology Specialist, Pinellas County Schools, Florida
  • Michael Zelenak, Associate Professor, Alabama State University, Alabama