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Music Education & Performance Dual Degree

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Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College Columbia University offer a dual degree at the Master’s level.

This accelerated program, designed to be completed in approximately three years, gives the student a MM (Master of Music) from Manhattan School of Music and an EdM (Master of Education) in Music Education with New York State K–12 Music Teacher Certification from Teachers College Columbia University.

Students spend the first two years at Manhattan School of Music completing requirements for the Master of Music degree; they must identify their interest in the dual-degree program during their first semester, in time to complete course requirements at Manhattan School of Music. Students must complete 11 to 13 credits of required coursework at Manhattan School of Music, as well as a minimum of 35 hours of supervised arts-in-education fieldwork. The summer after graduation, students will take at least 6 credits at Teachers College, 15 additional credits in the Fall semester, and 11 credits in the final Spring semester.

To be considered for acceptance into the program, Manhattan School of Music students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and successfully complete the Teachers College Columbia University dual degree admission process, which involves:

  • Applying to Teachers College by submitting an application form and fee
  • Successful progress review meeting in third semester with the Director of Community Partnerships
  • Supplying two letters of recommendation from Manhattan School of Music, one from the Director of Community Partnerships and one from the Provost’s office
  • Providing official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Submitting a personal statement about teaching experiences at Manhattan School of Music and the decision to pursue an additional degree in music education

Note: This program is for current and prospective Manhattan School of Music students. Prior coursework will not count towards the requirements for this program. For detailed information, please contact the Director of Community Partnerships at Manhattan School of Music.

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.​​

Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance into MM program at Manhattan School of Music
  • Fulfillment of required Manhattan School of Music coursework and fieldwork
  • A GPA of at least 3.0
  • Completed Teachers College application
  • GRE
  • Teachers College TOEFL requirements

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