Master of Music in Music Education Online


  • Graduate Degree, Online
  • Complete in one or two years
  • Tuition: One year $24,750
    (Financial Aid Available)
  • 33 credit hours required for graduation

Music teachers are powerful. At Longy we know, many of us from personal experience, that music can be a profound influence in a child’s life – to express their own unique voice. Even in our conservatory programs, we center teaching artistry as an essential skillset. In our teacher preparation programs, we show music teachers how to lift up the voice of each and every one of their students.
— Karen Zorn, Longy President

MM/ME Online Faculty

Every child is entitled to be inspired by positive musical experiences and to find a ‘home’ and connect with others through music. Just as our close community of music education faculty and students inspire other, we will prepare you to do the same for your future students—to influence their lives in ways you have always imagined.

Meet Erin Zaffini, Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Erin Zaffini (DMA, Boston University) is the Lead Program Supervisor and Music Education Department Chair for the Master of Music in Music Education program at Longy. Prior to coming to Longy, she was a Lecturer in music education at Keene State College, where she supervised student teachers, and taught undergraduate music courses in general music education, music curriculum and assessment, and adaptive music methods. Erin is also a faculty member for the University of New Hampshire’s Professional Development Department, where she teaches licensed teachers how to integrate music and movement into their classroom. With years of experience in the classroom, Erin has taught both elementary and middle school general music, choral and instrumental music, as well as musical theatre. She is an active guest speaker, adjudicator and clinician around the country and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, where she serves on the National General Music Council and the Society for Music Teacher Education, is the Program Coordinator for the National Music Educator Mentor Training Initiative and sits on the Advisory Board for Music Educators Journal. In addition, Erin is the Collegiate Coordinator, General Music Chair and Mentor Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Music Educators Journal. Erin is the recipient of numerous professional development grants and was recently the recipient of the Keene State College Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Performance Awards. She has recently published articles in General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Qualitative Research in Music Education.

Program Highlights

Longy announces the Fall 2021 launch of a fully online Master of Music in Music Education degree program (MM/ME) designed especially for educators who seek an advanced degree without taking time off from their careers. This degree program, which can be completed in one or two years, builds on Longy’s near-decade of expertise in preparing musicians to be teachers through its campus-based degree programs, including the one-year MM/ME degree offered in Cambridge, MA.

The MM/ME is uniquely designed to ​integrate practices of social change ​in the music classroomGraduates of this program will be prepared to amplify the voices of students from all backgrounds, create and make music from diverse cultures, and approach music teaching from a holistic and equity-based perspective.

Learn more about Longy’s Music Teacher Education Program, including an MM/ME degree in person / on campus in Cambridge, MA and Teacher Education Summer Professional Development workshops.

Course Highlights

Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Grounded in educational equity and diversity, learn to carry these principles over to your curriculum and school practices for all students. Learn how to provide equitable access to your core curriculum and maximize academic achievement—for students from all ethnic, race, socio-economic, cultural, academic, linguistic, and other backgrounds.

Non-Traditional Ensemble Arranging
Learn non-traditional approaches to ensembles in a K-12 classroom—to ensure access and inclusion for students who wish to pursue performance opportunities beyond standard offerings. Focus on arranging music for the students in your room, while ensuring a high-quality, standards-driven ensemble experience, in rehearsal and performance.

Technology for Music Education
This course provides tools for you to become active agents of inclusion and responsiveness, paired with the skills and understanding needed to intergrate technology most effectively. We will focus on current software and technology standards, lesson ideas, and direct applications that can be made in a K-12 classroom.

Why pursue your MM/ME at Longy?

Dean Judy Bose introduces the new online MM/ME!

Teaching is much more than a profession; it is a calling. ​Today, more than ever before, music teachers are called to do more. We are called to be leaders, so that we may inspire others in the ways that we have been inspired. We are called to lift up the voices and experiences of all the young people in our classrooms. We are called to challenge ourselves to be better music educators for all our students and communities. We are called to reflect on our teaching experiences and take action to promote equity and understanding. We are powerful.

If those thoughts engage your sense of “why” you want to further your music teaching career, consider Longy as a path to get you there. The fully-online Master of Music in Music Education program is designed with practicing music educators in mind. Longy believes that you shouldn’t have to leave your teaching position to pursue the dream of earning a Masters of Music in Music Education degree, and that online learning is a perfect complement to your current practice in the field. With a focus on cultural relevance, access, equity and inclusion in pre-K-12 music education, the program’s curricula and faculty support all music educators from around the world to embrace their “why” and realize their dreams of making a bigger, more socially-concious impact, one student at a time. There is no time better than the present to turn your “why” into “why not?” Let us give you the tools to help you get there! We look forward to welcoming you into our community!

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent credential required
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants who wish to take private studio lessons in performance must present an audition

Video recording required for private studio lessons in performance.
Please prepare 10 minutes of music that best represent your artistic interests, focus, and profile. There are no repertoire limitations. The MM/ME program welcomes musicians of all backgrounds (classical, jazz, folk, world, etc.). Your audition portfolio should be focused on your primary instrument or concentration but may include examples of your teaching background to supplement your application (optional). Video recordings can be uploaded individually by piece or as a single file.

MM/ME Online Academic Calendar

Course offerings timeline:

Fall 1 (8/30–10/17)
From Ancient Greece to Venezuela: Historical Foundations of Music Education
Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education

Fall 2 (10/25–12/12)
Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Elective offerings (students may pick one):

  • Advanced choral pedagogy for high school choir
  • Early childhood music education

Spring 1 (1/10–2/27)
Identity and Culture in the Classroom
Elective offerings (students may pick one):

  • Music as a Healing Art
  • Non-traditional ensemble arranging
  • Advanced choral pedagogy for elementary and middle school choir

Spring 2 (3/7–4/24)
El Sistema Principles
Elective offerings (students may pick one):

  • Advanced instrumental pedagogy for orchestra
  • Advanced general music methods

Summer 1 (5/2–6/19)
Adaptive Music Methods
Research and Writing Techniques
Masters final project (part I)

Summer 2 (6/27–8/14)
Masters final project (part II)
Elective offerings (students may pick one):

  • Technology for music education
  • Advanced Instrumental Pedagogy for Jazz and Modern Band

MM/ME Online Tuition

Complete in One Year: $24,750
Complete in Two Years: $26,400
*Financial Aid Available