CMU to offer Master of Music Education degree

Already noted for its strong undergraduate music programs, Central Methodist University will soon take it to a higher level when it launches the new Master of Music Education degree program this summer. The program will be offered only during summers, to meet the needs of current music teachers who want to pursue an advanced degree without taking time away from their work, according to Dr. Dori Waggoner, dean of CMU’s Swinney Conservatory of Music.

In fact, in notifying CMU of its approval of the new degree, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) commended the university for “submitting this new degree program as a direct response to the needs of practicing music educators.”

The NASM, a Virginia-based music accreditation agency, recently notified CMU of approval of the new program. This comes after similar action last summer by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, CMU’s national accreditation body. “Given the reputation for excellence our music program enjoys, and has for decades, we take great pride in adding this option to our graduate degree opportunities,” noted Dr. Marianne Inman, CMU president. “We are pleased to add this program in response to the many requests we have received.”

The typical student will take three or four graduate classes for three consecutive summers. Courses will be primarily online, but for each hour of graduate credit they will be on campus for one day. Following the third summer, students will develop a Master’s Report project.  “We know there are many superb music teachers in our schools, and we have designed a graduate program that we are convinced will make them even better,” Waggoner said. “There is real excitement here at CMU as we get ready to provide this resource to schools and teachers across the state.”

The new Master of Music Education program becomes the fourth graduate program offered by CMU. The others include the Master of Education, the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling, and the Master of Science in Nursing. For more information about the new MME program, contact Dr. Waggoner at 660-248-6321 or by e-mail at

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