College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Prospective Graduate Students


Graduate programs in music education provide ongoing professional education for music teachers and prepare individuals for new careers in elementary/secondary schools or higher education. Degree requirements are structured to emphasize the development of both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Students select a minor area of study in music that further cultivates personal musicianship. The music education faculty draws upon extensive experience as public school teachers, clinicians, conductors, performers, researchers, and professional leaders in providing graduate students with an educational experience that is both rigorous and relevant.

Degree Programs

Master of Music Education (MME)
Master of Music Education, Plus Licensure (MME +)
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (PhD)
Summer Master of Music Education (Summer MME)

Graduate Assistantships are available.

Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program

The Post-Baccalaureate (Post-BA) licensure program leads to initial teacher licensure issued by the CO Department of Education in K-12 Music. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree in music (either a BM or BA) in order to be considered for this program. This program is administered by the School of Education. More information about this program, including application materials and deadlines, can be found at

Graduate Faculty

James Austin
Specialties: Instrumental Music, Assessment of Music Learning, Quantitative Research
Research Interests: Learner Motivation, Teacher Education, School/Arts Policy Analysis
Curriculum Vitae

Margaret Berg
Specialties: Instrumental Music, String Pedagogy, Qualitative Research
Research Interests: Social Psychology, Orchestra Curriculum Development, Teacher Education
Curriculum Vitae

Leila Heil
Specialties: Choral Music, Quantitative Research
Research Interests: Vocal Technique & Pedagogy, Choral Literature
Curriculum Vitae

Martina Miranda
Specialties: General Music, Early Childhood Music, Historical/Qualitative Research
Research Interests: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Children’s Folksong Literature
Curriculum Vitae

David Rickels
Specialties: Instrumental Music, Technology, Quantitative Research
Research Interests: Teacher Recruitment, Technology in Teacher Education
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Contributions by Recent PhD Students

Recent Music Education PhD Alumni
Selected Graduate Student Publications & Presentations