The College of Arts and Architecture





Program Goals


The Ph.D. program is designed to provide opportunities for a high level of scholarly study in the processes of teaching and learning music.  Candidates will be expected to develop and test new knowledge in the field of music education while preparing themselves for positions in higher education or other leadership roles within the profession.


Program Description


The Ph.D. Degree offers advanced study of the process of teaching and learning music with a research-based perspective for individuals seeking greater breadth and depth in the music education profession and/or careers in higher education and music administration. The Ph.D. program consists of courses, internships and other experiences designed to prepare individuals for specific leadership roles in music education. Coursework is distributed through the areas of music, theories and practices in teaching, learning and assessment, and research. The exact number of credits required in the program will vary according to a student's previous experience and degrees. A minimum of 47 credits is required.  The program culminates with a major research project and thesis that is not included in the minimum credit requirement.  At least one academic year of full time residency is required.  However, 2 or more years of full-time study are advantageous.  A portion of the coursework can be completed through summer study. Some of the courses required in Educational Psychology may be taken at other Penn State campuses or at other universities.  Knowledge of the history and theory of Western art music must be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of competency examinations or completion of specified remedial courses in addition to the curricular requirements listed here. 


Sequence to the Degree


Acceptance by graduate program in music education

Completion of 12 hours of graduate credit

Candidacy examination

            Designing program of course and other experiences

            Acceptance as a Ph.D. candidate

Completion of course work and submission of manuscript

Completion of residency

Comprehensive examination

Approval of research project

Completion of research project

Defense of thesis

Awarding of degree












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