Program overview

Designed for licensed music educators who want to enhance their impact as a music educator, the M.M.E. program at Westminster Choir College of Rider University will help you to improve as an educator and prepare you to bring about positive change in your classroom and school community.  Learn skills and techniques that can be immediately applied to your current teaching-style. The M.M.E. program is flexible to your schedule and may be completed part-time through online classes and summer study or over two academic years.

Music educator sits in a circle of students with bongos giving a lecture

Program requirements

Our 32-33 credit graduate curriculum is designed for music educators who wish to improve their practice, challenge their thinking and develop the skills to bring about positive change in their school. Students design their own 12-credit “focus area” of courses tailored to their particular interests and goals.  Some recent areas of focus for MME students include choral pedagogy, choral conducting, voice pedagogy, Kodály ( with certification) and music technology. 

The degree is for those who hold an undergraduate degree in music education and a teaching certificate. Students do not earn teacher certification through this degree program.

Susanah Saw, Class of 2019
This program has given me more in-depth knowledge about the topics that I will use in all my classes. I am a more confident teacher now."
Susannah Saw
Class of 2019

Accelerate your master's degree

Our undergraduate accelerated option makes it possible to earn both your bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in less time. Rider students pursuing the accelerated option work closely with an academic advisor to develop a personal education plan for completing their degrees. Contact your faculty advisor to learn more about this accelerated learning opportunity.


Master of Music Education (M.M.E.)

Jason Vodicka

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Lynch Adler Hall

jvodicka [at]

609-896-5000 x8320

Fine Arts building