Texas Tech University

School of Music

Doctor of Philosophy

Music Education

doctor of philosophy (ph.d.) in Music Education

The School of Music offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an emphasis on research and music educator preparation. Students engage a core curriculum of 20-24 core hours that emphasize expertise in music education content knowledge, expertise in music educator preparation, and music education research design and methods.

Programs by cognate area

Although there are not concentrations/tracks for the PhD in Music Education, students elect 1-2 cognates by completing at least 9 hours in the cognate area. Cognates might include interdisciplinary studies in fine arts, music education curriculum, conducting, performance, exceptionalities, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology or other student-selected/faculty-approved cognates.

Suggested Cognates (others are also possible)

  • Conducting
  • Performance
  • Exceptionalities
  • Educator Preparation
  • Research (9 hours beyond required)
  • Psychology
  • Composition
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts
  • International Music Education
  • Music Education Curriculum
  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music Theory
  • Student-selected/Faculty-approved Cognates

What Sets Us Apart

Texas Tech University is only one of a few universities in the state of Texas that offers a PhD in Music Education.  This doctoral degree is offered in addition to the established PhD in Fine Arts with a Specialization in Music Education.  The PhD in Music Education will effectively prepare graduate students for successful careers on the university level due to the emphasis that is placed on research and music teacher preparation.

Ph.D. Degree

Texas Tech University is only one of a few universities in the state of Texas that offers a PhD in Music Education in addition to a PhD in Fine Arts with a Specialization in Music Education.

Preparedeness

The PhD in Music Education will prepare graduate students to have successful careers as scholars and music educators in higher education.

Program Highlights

The School of Music offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an emphasis on research and music educator preparation. Students engage in courses that emphasize expertise in music education content knowledge, expertise in music educator preparation, and music education research design and methods, which enables graduates of the program to prepare for successful careers in higher education.

Students elect 1-2 cognates, which might include interdisciplinary studies in fine arts, music education curriculum, conducting, performance, exceptionalities, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology or other student-selected/faculty-approved cognates. This enables students to tailor this terminal degree to suit their individual needs and interests.

The Ph.D. in Music Education requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and has a minimum residence requirement that is fulfilled by satisfactory completion of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework during one 12-month period.  Full residency, however, is highly encouraged for this degree because of the required experiences with music teacher preparation activities.

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Facilities & Technology

Students in our Ph.D. in Music Education program have access to all spaces within the School of Music, including Hemmle Hall, the Choral Room, the Band Hall, practice rooms, and the various classrooms throughout the building.  Students also have access to the technology that is present in the academic classrooms and rehearsal spaces, as well as the pianos within the practice rooms.  As a part of the music education curriculum, students will make frequent use of different learning platforms/software programs (e.g., MusicFirst, Google Drive, Zoom).  

Student Access

Access to all spaces within the School of Music, including Hemmle Hall, the Choral Room, the Band Hall, practice rooms, and the academic classrooms

Hemmle Hall

Learning Platforms

Students make frequent use of different learning platforms/software programs (e.g., MusicFirst, Noteflight, Google Drive)

Computer with Headphones

Admissions

We welcome students from many different backgrounds and experiences. Entering first-year students with limited composition experience will take an Introduction to Composition class that will begin the process of understanding the many different paths/tracks to take. The class will emphasize an understanding of a variety of musical languages and the many different kinds of composition in today's world. Of course, there will also be composing, with the goal of public performances of your works. Individual lessons within a faculty studio will normally begin after taking this Intro class. Students with a large and developed portfolio will usually be assigned studio lessons.

Apply Now

In order to apply for admission into the Graduate School and the School of Music, follow these instructions.

In addition to submitting the required materials, a personal interview or audition before the appropriate divisional faculty is typically required, but if travel to Texas Tech University is not an option, telephone or online interviews may be an option.  A preliminary review of application materials by faculty generally precedes the invitation for a personal audition or interview.

 

Curriculum

Courses

Students engage in a core curriculum of 20-24 core hours that emphasize expertise in music education content knowledge, expertise in music educator preparation, and music education research design and methods.

Students elect 1-2 cognates, which might include interdisciplinary studies in fine arts, music education curriculum, conducting, performance, exceptionalities, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology or other student-selected/faculty-approved cognates. This enables students to tailor this terminal degree to suit their individual needs and interests.

The PhD in Music Education requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and has a minimum residence requirement that is fulfilled by satisfactory completion of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework during one 12-month period.  Full residency, however, is highly encouraged for this degree because of the required experiences with music teacher preparation activities.

Online Catalog Information

Alumni Success

Graduate Accomplishments

Texas Tech University has alumni with successful music teaching careers all over the state of Texas, across the nation, and in other parts of the world.  

Questions

Dr. Jaqueline Henninger

Dr. Jacqueline Henninger
Associate Director for Teaching and Learning