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Sharon Paranto, Director

or Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant 


Spafford Hall 204A
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2558
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Dr. Darci Bultema instructs a Northern student as she sings
Master of Music Education Online
"The Master of Music degree at NSU is the perfect program
for the working music educator. It offers the flexibility to do
graduate classwork while maintaining the ability to keep teaching."
 Jeremy Schutter, band director, Aberdeen Central High School
Northern’s Master of Music Education Program can help you enhance your career, develop your professional skills and fulfill your passion for music.

If you're a choral, instrumental or general music teacher, Northern's master of music education program online format is designed to fit into your busy life. It offers a flexible way to complete your advanced degree in two years while you retain your current job. You'll be stimulated, challenged and ready to move forward in the classroom and your career.


The program is practice-oriented and covers the essentials of research in:

  • Music education
  • Music theory
  • Performance practices
  • Conducting
  • Pedagogy
  • Music education management





Program Benefits



Course Schedule


Course Descriptions







Why choose NSU?

  • Pursue an advanced degree without disrupting your personal and professional responsibilities
  • Learn from recognized leaders: Courses are taught by experienced and highly qualified faculty with years of successful classroom experience
  • Earn your degree in just 24 months, no matter where you live or what time suits your schedule
  • Expand your knowledge, develop new skills and excel as a music educator with comprehensive instruction in choral, instrumental and general music


At Northern, we’ve been educating educators for more than a century. It’s what we were founded on, and we remain on the cutting edge. Our music educators are experts in their fields.



Northern is accredited at the undergraduate level by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is pursuing full NASM graduate-level accreditation.



Enter the program fall, spring or summer term. You'll take 32 credits, most online; and spend one week each summer at Northern's beautiful campus. Students must complete 14 courses to graduate: two courses each fall and spring term, and three in the summer. 



For more information, contact:


Dr. Alan LaFave, School of Fine Arts dean, 605-626-2500


Dr. Timothy Woods, MME Program director, at 605-626-7758


The Office of Graduate Studies, 605-626-2558

Visit the Graduate Admission Page for requirements.