Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. Music)

The art of teaching, like the art of music, demands lifelong learning. Whether you are a seasoned music teacher or a musician who is looking to enter the teaching field, Rhode Island College has a master's degree program to meet your needs. The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.-Music) is for candidates who hold a bachelors degree in music (or the credit-hour equivalent) but who do not hold teaching certification. Completion of the M.A.T. program results in certification and requires 43-45 credits, including 16 credits of undergraduate professional courses. Since it usually includes practicum and student teaching, the M.A.T. requires courses offered during daytime hours in the regular academic year. Our program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Mission Statement

The principal mission of the M.A.T. is to assist the candidate to become a certified music teacher and become a potential leader of school music programs. The degree program is premised on a commitment to the complementary relationships among teaching, scholarship, creative expression, and musical performance.

Program Goals

  1. Prepare for advancement and leadership in professional Music Education.
  2. Advance skills in teaching in classroom and rehearsal settings.
  3. Establish a foundation in scholarship and research that will grow over a candidate's professional lifetime and that will inform and support the candidate's professional work.
  4. Build on the base of performance skills established in the candidate's baccalaureate studies.

Individualized Approach

Each candidate's program is individually developed by the candidate and the graduate advisor, based on information derived from the candidate's application, audition, department entrance audition, and personal interviews. After all the admissions steps have been completed, the candidate and the graduate advisor work together to develop a formal Plan of Study which, when approved and signed, becomes the candidate's degree curriculum.

Beginning Your Program

A graduate student may start taking courses in the program before the Plan of Study is formulated, especially if the application process has begun and if the courses are expected to be included in the Plan of Study. However, a maximum of nine credit hours taken before formal admission can be included in the candidate's program. Depending on the agreed Plan of Study, a maximum of six credit hours of graduate course work may be accepted in transfer from other institutions.

Admission Requirements

Because of the wide variety of MAT programs offered through the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, applicants need to request the application portfolio in person. Please contact Mrs. Dottie Grady at 401-456-8822 or to schedule an appointment. Mrs. Grady will review the application process with you and direct you to the appropriate faculty member for more information.

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Note: Additional courses may be required as prerequisites for certification, depending on a student's educational background and the results of their entrance examinations. These courses may include various class instruments, conducting, large and small ensembles, theory, history, literature, applied music, and non-Western music.

Course Requirements

Course No. Course Title Credits

Foundations Component

CEP 552Psychological Perspectives on Learning and Teaching3
FNED 546Contexts of Schooling4

Professional Education Component

MUSE 412Practicum in Music Education I4
MUSE 413Practicum in Music Education II4
MUSE 414Practicum in Music Education III4
MUSE 501Research Techniques in Music Education3
MUSE 502Perception, Assessment, and Evaluation in Music3
MUSE 525Advanced Studies in Music Education3
MUSE 526Student Teaching in Music Education10
MUSE 560Student Teaching Seminar in Music Education2

Academic Disciplines Component

MUS 505Systems of Musical Analysis3
MUS 560Seminar in Music Literature3
Comprehensive Examination0

Total Credit Hours


Program Coordinator

Robert Franzblau
Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts 255
(401) 456-9514

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Page last updated: August 26, 2013