Master of Music in Music Education

Cambridge, MA

  • Graduate Degree,
    In Person / On Campus
  • 1 year, 40 credit hours required for graduation
  • Preparation for initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts
MM/ME 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 each other, we will prepare you to do the same for your future students—to influence their lives in ways you have always imagined.
— Erin Zaffini

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.

Ellie MacPhee is part of Longy’s inaugural class of the Master of Music in Music Education program. She grew up in South Carolina and began her path as a musician with traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, which propelled her to study classical violin. She has integrated her strong convictions about prison reform and community engagement—with her own artistry and leadership—to make a serious impact.

Meet Ellie MacPhee, MM/ME ‘21
Program Highlights

Longy’s in-person Master of Music in Music Education degree was built for experienced performers like you who want a powerful graduate studies program rooted in socially engaged and culturally responsive music education for the classroom. Graduate with your Master’s in just one year, plus we’ll prepare you for initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts public schools! This program will broaden your skillset and possibly help you secure a stable job in the public schools. The program is open to inspired artists from all musical backgrounds—classical, pop, world, folk, jazz, instrumental, vocal, conducting, and more. 

The MM/ME curriculum explores the pedagogy foundational to the El Sistema teaching programs that are changing the lives of children in underserved communities through intensive music instruction. You’ll gain immediate experience, working with underserved youth in Greater Boston-area public schools and El Sistema-inspired sites. Plus, you’ll have full access to the resources of Longy’s conservatory campus, including studio lessons, ensembles, and performance opportunities in a musically rich, supportive environment.

Learn more about Longy’s Music Teacher Education Program, including a fully online Master of Music in Music Education degree program—designed especially for educators who seek an advanced degree without taking time off from their careers—and Teacher Education Summer Professional Development workshops.

Why pursue your MM/ME at Longy?

Teaching is much more than a profession; it is a calling. Many music educators enter the field hoping to instill a love of music in others. Some wish to give students the opportunities they wish they had themselves growing up, to ensure that all students have access to a quality music education, regardless of where students come from. Still others want to feel content in their professional lives, hoping to do more with the gifts they have been given.

Regardless of your “why, consider Longy as a path to get you there. The one-year, research-based, on-campus Master of Music in Music Education program is designed with teaching artists and musicians in mind. With a focus on social justice, access, equity and inclusion in pre-K-12 music education, the program prepares all students to successfully enter the field of music education as practicing educators ready to make their mark in public and private schools, as well as community organizations around the world.

With an eye towards the future of schooling, our progressive faculty prepare students to successfully meet the needs of both national education mandates and pre-K-12 students. Upon graduation, students are poised to become pre-K-12 certified experts and leaders in the field of music education, where they serve as models of culturally responsive and relevant teaching in today’s schools. 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 in performance must present an audition

Video recording required.
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.


Historical Foundations in Music Education
Initial Licensure
Conducting I
Creating Music in the Music Classroom
Learning by Design: Music Curriculum and Assessment

Choral Methods and Repertoire
Conducting II
Ensemble Arranging
Brass and Woodwinds Methods
Keyboarding Skills
Pre-Practicum (with local pre-K-12 school internship placements)

Technology in Music Education
Culturally Responsive Music Education: Teaching for Social Justice
Strings Methods
Percussion Methods

Creative Approaches to Music Education
Adaptive Music Methods
Student Teaching Seminar
Student Teaching (full-semester pre-K internships) 

MM/ME Academic Calendar

Master of Music in Music Education

Monday, August 3, 2020 First Day of Summer Session
Sunday, August 23, 2020 Last Day of Summer Session
FALL SEMESTER (15 weeks)
Monday, August 24 First Day of Fall Session
Monday, November 23 – Sunday, November 29 Thanksgiving Break. No in-person classes after this point.
Sunday, December 13 Last Day of Fall Session
Monday, December 14 – Sunday, January 3 Winter Break
Monday, January 4 First Day of Winter Session
Friday, January 15 Last Day of Winter Session
Monday, January 18 MLK Day, no classes
Tuesday, January 19 First Day of Spring Semester
Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19 Public School Vacation Week- No Practicums (Cambridge campus still in session)
Tuesday, March 16–Monday, March 22 Spring Break (MM/ME candidates continue their practicum assignments)
Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23 Public School Vacation Week- No Practicums
(Cambridge campus still in session)
Friday, May 14 Last Day of Spring Session


Sunday, August 1 New Student Orientation
Monday, August 2 First Day of Summer Session
Thursday, August 26 Last Day of Summer Session
FALL SEMESTER (15 weeks)
Tuesday, September 7 First Day of Fall Session
Monday October 11 – Tuesday, October 12 Fall Break (buildings open, no regularly scheduled classes or lessons)
Wednesday, November 24 – Sunday, November 28 Thanksgiving Recess (no regularly scheduled classes or lessons, buildings closed Thursday & Friday)
Monday, December 13 Last Day of Fall Classes (studio instruction continues)
Tuesday, December 14 – Friday, December 17 Examination and Jury Period
Friday, December 17 Last Day of Fall Studio Instruction
Friday, December 17 End of Fall Semester
Saturday, December 18 – Sunday, January 2 Holiday Break
Monday, January 3 First Day of Winter Session
Monday, January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (buildings open, no regularly scheduled classes or lessons)
Friday, January 28 Last Day of Winter Session
Monday, January 31 First Day of Spring Session
Monday, February 14 – Friday, February 18 Public School Vacation Week- No Practicums (Cambridge campus still in session)
Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 Public School Vacation Week- No Practicums (Cambridge campus still in session)
Friday, May 6 Last Day of Spring Classes
Monday, May 9 – Friday, May 13 Examination and Jury Period
Saturday, May 14 Commencement