About this Program

The Master of Music Education degree is designed to stress the development of advanced knowledge of broad-based principles and practices in music and music education for application in the public or private school, private studio, or higher education setting. A minimum of 34 semester hours of course work is required to complete the degree, with the hours distributed according to the area of concentration. Virginia Department of Education teacher licensure is not included with this degree.

Program Highlights

  • Excellent academic support.

  • Outstanding and highly experienced faculty.

  • Accessible course hours.

  • Degree Concentrations include: Applied Studies or Conducting, Research, Pedagogy.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Music Education
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Music Directors

$61,490 Median Salary

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$61,040 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$78,720 Median Salary

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


What are the requirements to apply for Music Education at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Music Education program in Music Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • All candidates are required to take the GRE or the MAT. Candidates seeking the concentration in applied studies are required to successfully complete the music performance audition for the graduate faculty. 

For Admission to the Music Education Program


3.00 overall with a 3.0 in the major field of study.

Entrance Requirements

Resume, two letters of reference, music repertoire list for applied studies concentration.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Administrative Assistantships are available for selected students in the choral, brass, woodwind, percussion, or wind conducting areas. The assistantship availability is pending application timing and audition results.


Associate Professor

NORFOLK, 23529