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The graduate programs in Music Education are designed to meet the needs of music educators who are seeking to grow as musicians and 21st century educators. Westminster offers full-time and part-time enrollment options that include on-line study, private voice or conducting lessons, Kodály certification; summer workshops, institutes, and study abroad programs; and professional-level choral experiences taught by world-class faculty.

Master of Music in Music Education (MM in ME)

The Master of Music in Music Education (MM in ME) is designed for students who wish to focus in music education with a concentration in applied music or composition. The degree is for those who hold an undergraduate degree in music education and a teaching certificate.


Master of Music Education (MME)

The Master of Music Education (MME) program is designed for licensed music educators who want to improve music teaching and student learning. It includes 12 “focus area” credits that may be used for Choral Emphasis, Kodály Emphasis with Certification, or General Emphasis. The degree culminates in the preparation of a thesis. The program can be completed part-time through online classes and summer study or over two academic years with some summer study.


Master of Music Education – Choral Emphasis (MME - Choral Emphasis)

The Master of Music Education – Choral Emphasis (MME - Choral Emphasis) program is designed for licensed music educators who want to improve their conducting, teaching and rehearsal skills. The degree culminates in the preparation of a capstone project or a thesis. The degree can be completed part-time through online classes and summer study or over two academic years with some summer study.


Note: Individuals who lack music teacher certification but have an undergraduate degree in music may be able to pursue New Jersey music teacher certification, through the Graduate Level Teacher Preparation (GLTP) program in Rider's School of Education. Questions about the GLTP program in relation to Music Eduacation degrees may be directed to Janet Cape at [email protected]



For more information about graduate music education degree programs, contact the music education graduate advisor

Anthony Kosar
Associate Dean, Professor
Williamson Hall

Dr. Anthony Kosar is a Professor in the Music Composition, History, and Theory Department (chair from 2008 until 2014) at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition from West Liberty State College, his Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University.