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NSU to offer online Master of Music Education program

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new online master’s degree in music education at NorthernAlan LaFave
State University is designed to meet the needs of busy music education professionals.


The NSU Master of Music Education program can be completed in two years – and students can retain their current jobs while pursuing their master’s degree. The program, approved Thursday, June 28, by the South Dakota Board of Regents, will begin this fall.



While NSU offers several fine arts courses online, this is the first fine arts program to be offered in this format, said Alan LaFave, dean of the NSU School of Fine Arts. LaFave said the Master of Music Education program will provide an opportunity for music educators to enhance their pedagogical, leadership and analysis skills along with broadening their understanding of music education best practices, trends, repertoire, literature and advanced rehearsal techniques.



“This program addresses the need for professional enhancement opportunities for music educators in our state,” LaFave said. “It will also meet the need of improving and enhancing music teaching in our schools.”


Two courses will be offered each semester and three each summer – and all will be taught by experienced and highly qualified faculty. The 32-credit program is primarily online except for an intensive one-week residency associated with the three courses that will be offered each summer.


For more information: visit, and visit the Master of Music Education webpage under the School of Fine Arts; or call the NSU Office of Graduate Studies at 605-626-2558.


Photo: Dr. Alan LaFave