Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education

30 credit-hours

As a music educator, you face an increasingly complex environment with a changing society, technological shifts, and a student body with diverse needs. However, efforts to address these challenges through curriculum reform have often been met with resistance to institutional change.

Our Acadia University Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education program will provide you with opportunities to learn and share experiences with colleagues in courses that offer both theoretical grounding and practical application. Through this program, you will develop as a leader in music education.

In this part-time program, you'll complete 10 courses over a two-year period. We've designed our program to be friendly to your schedule as a working professional. You'll study in a cohort group through a combination of virtual classroom sessions, online modules, and individual/group instruction, including face-to-face meetings with professors and advisors. Your program will build from one course to the next (unlike many online-only programs), culminating in a capstone experience. 

Our program is designed to be course-based, but you can also consider a thesis option.  

In our Music Education program, you will:

  • Refine your teaching abilities with expanded knowledge of both the theories behind music instruction and the application of those theories to the classroom.
  • Further your professional development and open up new career opportunities.
  • Learn from both the comfort of home and in two-week summer sessions at Acadia's historic campus.
  • Study in a proven program first offered in 2012 and now in its fifth cohort group.
  • Enjoy individual attention from professors who can relate to you as an educator. Renowned music educators associated with past program cohorts have included Dale Lonis, Jeffrey Agrell, Ardith Haley, Barbara Barter, June Countryman, Eric Favaro, Mark Hopkins, and Ruth Morrison, among others. 
Program Courses

2021 PT Cohort Rollout:

EDUC 5633: Curriculum Foundations, Summer 2021 (online)

EDUC 5663: Curriculum Practice, Summer 2021 (online)

EDUC 5513: Research Design in Education, Fall 2021 (online)

EDUC 5643: Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies, Winter 2022 (online)

EDUC 5053: Topics in Ed: Ensembleship: Physical Leadership as Teacher, Coach and Mentor, Spring 2022 (online)

EDUC 5843: Instructional Design, Summer 2022 (campus, tbc)

EDUC 5053:  Topics in Ed: Music Playshop, Summer 2022 (campus, tbc)

EDUC 5053: Topics in Ed: Creativity in Music Education, Fall 2022 (online)

EDUC 5673: Current Research and Theory: Music Education, Winter 2023 (online)

EDUC 5053: Topics in Ed: Capstone Project in Music Education, Spring 2023 (online)

Expressions of Interest

If you are potentially interested in our next cohort, please send an expression of interest to:

For future planning, applications for graduate education programs at Acadia include:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume/CV
  • Official Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference (generally one Academic, one Professional)

Please visit our Graduate Admissions page to learn more about entry requirements.

If you have any questions about the application process for a graduate education program at Acadia, please contact our Graduate Studies Office, by emailing

Contact Us
School of Education Open Acadia Graduate Studies
Dr. Gregory MacKinnon John Christopher Joy Cunningham
Graduate Coordinator Manager, Credit Programs Graduate Education Course Manager 
School of Education Open Acadia Research and Graduate Studies 
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All students in the cohort must meet the academic requirements for admission to graduate studies in the School of Education at Acadia University. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to monitor your own program and to ensure that you have met degree requirements.

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  • A collaboration of Acadia University's School of Music and School of Education
  • Two-year, part-time program
  • Includes online classrooms, blended learning, and summer study
  • Thesis option available