Department of Music Education

Brenda Brenner

Chair of Music Education
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Welcome to Music Education at Indiana University!

From this page you can learn about our degree programs and faculty, find information about admissions and learn about the Indiana University experience from our students.  Contact Us!

Our Mission

The IU Department of Music Education, one of the preeminent programs in the nation, is committed to excellence in teaching, musicianship, and scholarship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department's goal is to prepare outstanding music educators who will serve as positive role models for their students and who will assume leadership positions in the field. Faculty members in the department define music education broadly to include traditional public school music and, moreover, all aspects of music pedagogy. The department works to maintain close associations with music teachers in the state of Indiana, as well as nationally and internationally.

Bachelor of Music Education students can choose from four different areas of emphasis: choral, general, band or orchestra. Depending on their instrument or voice, students can choose from a broad range of performance opportunities offered by the School of Music that includes more than 30 orchestras, bands, choral ensembles, and specialty ensembles. Undergraduate students develop as music teachers and professionals through interactions with renowned university professors and expert public school music teachers, as well as through involvement in state and national music education associations. Graduates of the program have enjoyed an outstanding job placement rate (close to 100 percent) for many years. 

Graduate music education programs at Indiana University place a strong emphasis on the integration of research and practice. The MME, MS, DME and PHD curricula are individualized according to the student's desire for specialization within the major and minor fields. We are able to offer Graduate Assistantships, which cover most tuition costs, to our doctoral students and many of our master’s students.  Alumni of the graduate music education program have made significant contributions to music pedagogy and are among the most productive scholars in the field.

The Music Education Department is now accepting applications for graduate study.  December 1, 2018 is the application deadline for 2019-20 study.  Audition weekends are January 11 and February 1.  For more information, please contact Dr. Patrice Madura (, who serves as the music education department’s graduate coordinator. 


The Music Education Department, with IU Press, publishes an semi-annual journal, Philosophy of Music Education Review.  Click here for more information.

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