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2022 - 2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022 - 2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Masters of Music in Music Education

The Conservatory of Music Faculty 

Interim Dean-T. Zugger

Professors-Breithaupt, Cox, Gershman, Hasseler, Lentsner, Lochstampfor, Jelle, T. Zugger, G. Zugger, Wang

Associate Professors- Payton, Ryan, Zilincik

Assistant Professors-Barlow-Ware, Kitchel, Loughrige, Paton, Wacker, Witty


History and Background 

During the 1918-19 academic year, a department of music was established at Capital University. In 1926, the initial department became the Conservatory of Music. Throughout the years, music has become a thoroughly established and vital part of Capital University, and the Conservatory has grown in size and excellence providing intensive training on the collegiate level, as well as providing opportunities for middle school and high school ensemble performers and pre-collegiate students desiring private instruction. All members of the faculty represent professional expertise and diversity of background and experience. Several members of the faculty hold prominent positions in the greater metropolitan area’s music organizations, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, as well as in major professional and academic organizations throughout the nation. 

In addition to degree offerings, the Conservatory serves the Greater Columbus Area through its Conservatory Preparatory Division for pre-collegiate musicians, Early Music in Columbus, hundreds of musical recitals and concerts annually, as well as major events such as the Christmas Festival, Jazz and World Music Festival, NOW MUSIC Festival, New Band Music Reading Clinic, The Complete Band Director Workshop, and The Winds and Percussion Camp for middle school students. 

As an outgrowth of the university mission, it is the goal of the Capital University Conservatory of Music to provide the finest in musical education and training for its students. 

The Conservatory of Music offers undergraduate degree programs during the fall and spring semesters and a summers only master of music in music education (MMME) degree program with emphases in Kodály, Instrumental, Choral, or Jazz Pedagogy.Page Break 


The Capital University Conservatory of Music promotes excellence through creativity, performance and scholarship to enhance the value of music in everyday life. 

Core Values 

  1. We support the Capital University mission: Transforming Lives Through Higher Education

  2. We value a blend of professional and liberal arts education. 

  3. We believe in providing an atmosphere dedicated to scholarly and creative activity. 

  4. We recognize and value the role of music within our diverse culture and the culture of others. 

  5. We create advocates for musical arts, education and culture in our society. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Evaluate current pedagogical practices in music education. 

  • Synthesize and implement pedagogical knowledge into the contemporary music classroom. 

  • Critique and construct musical and pedagogical knowledge within historical and cultural frameworks. 

  • Engage with music education scholarship through examination, interpretation, and evaluation. 

Accreditations and Memberships 

The Conservatory of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Its programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, the Conservatory is an affiliate member of the National Association of Music Merchants Affiliation of Music Business Institutions. 

The Conservatory of Music occupies a state-of-the-art complex that includes Mees Hall, Bexley Hall and Leonard Hall. On-campus instructional equipment includes a full complement of instruments, a comprehensive electronic music studio, multiple recording and production spaces, an electronic class keyboard room, a computer classroom/lab, practice rooms, the 180-seat Huntington Recital Hall, and the 950-seat Mees Auditorium with a world-class Shantz organ. 

  • North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission; 1921-present 

  • Ohio Board of Regents; 1969 to present 

  • National Association of Schools of Music; 1932 to present 

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education; 1966 to present 

Admission Information 

Capital selects students who present a combination of ability, maturity, motivation, character and commitment. The admission committee carefully considers a student’s academic record, as well as a student’s motivation, character and citizenship record as demonstrated through the application process. Capital University admits qualified students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university. 

Admission Requirements 

  1. Bachelor degree from an accredited institution (An undergraduate degree in music is highly recommended) 

  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scales). Applicants with lower marks will be considered on an individual basis 

  3. International students must demonstrate language proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements: 

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper) 

  • TOEFL score of 213 (computer) 

  • TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) or an 

  • IELTS score of 6 or higher 

Application Procedures 

  1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend applying by April 15, though application review and admission will continue beyond this date as space permits. 

  2. Submit a completed online application for the Master of Music in Music Education. 

  3. Submit a 200-300 word writing sample (typed) with your application summarizing your current competencies and skills, reason(s) for seeking graduate education, and areas of competency you wish to enhance in graduate school. 

  4. Submit a résumé or curriculum vita with your application. 

  5. Forward official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work. International transcripts are required to submit an official course by course WES evaluation. 

  6. Submit the names of three references you have requested to write letters of recommendation addressing your academic/musical skills and your potential for success in graduate studies. Possible references include former faculty and your current associates/supervisor. 

  7. For information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other available financial aid, contact Capital’s Financial Aid Office at (614-236-6511). Your application for financial assistance will not influence the admission decision. 

  8. International students must demonstrate language proficiency by meeting the TOEFL requirements. Please address immigration document questions to: international@capital.edu 

  9. All documents should be submitted to: Capital University, Adult and Graduate Programs, 1 College and Main Columbus, OH 43209. Completing and submitting the registration form confirms the student’s intent to enroll. 

  10. Students wishing to take The Complete Band Director Workshop must also complete The Complete Band Director Workshop registration form, which can be found on the Capital University website at http://www.capital.edu/Academics/Adult-and-Grad-Programs/Complete- Band-Director-Workshop/. 

Types of Admission 

Rolling admission: The candidate meets all the qualifications for admission as a degree candidate. Admission decisions are made throughout the year as applications are completed on a space available basis. 

Transfer admission: The candidate has taken courses for graduate credit at another college or university after graduating with their bachelor degree. Transfer credit is awarded for courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited college or university as per “Transfer of Credit.” The acceptance of these credits toward Capital’s degree program requires the approval of the program in which the student enrolls. The maximum amount of credit accepted will be 6 semester credit hours. 

Non-degree and Kodály Certificate admission: Students who are pursuing university courses for reasons other than earning a degree at Capital University are considered to be non-degree students. Applicants are expected to submit the appropriate admission non-refundable application fee. Students who plan to pursue degrees elsewhere should consult with that institution prior to enrolling at Capital. 

Students taking non-degree courses for graduate credit may, at any time, apply for degree status at the university through the Adult and Graduate Programs Admission office with a waiver of the application fee. Students are subject to the policies, regulations and degree requirements in effect at the time of initial matriculation into the university as degree-seeking students. 

Readmission: A student who has been absent from the university for one summer or longer must apply for readmission through the Registrar’s office. 

Enrollment, Courses and Graduation 

  1. Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) students may consult with the Interim Dean of the Conservatory of Music, Program Coordinator of the Master of Music in Music Education and Adult and Graduate Programs office regarding any enrollment, matriculation or graduation questions. 

  2. Students must complete all degree requirements within five academic years of starting their first course; an exception to policy can be requested if outside the five-year limit. 

  3. Full-time graduate study in the MMME Program is six or more credit hours of course work. 

Academic and Course Requirements 

The Master of Music in Music Education is a practice-oriented program. The principal goal of this degree is to prepare professional music educators and pedagogues. The degree provides students with a high-quality graduate music education opportunity. The degree is designed as a summers-only program, which can be completed in three summers but must be completed in a maximum of 5 years, to suit the needs and schedules of both public and private music educators. The curriculum is based on significant music educational philosophies, with an emphasis on practical application and best practice scenarios. Students must select one of the following three emphases. 

  • Instrumental 

  • Choral 

  • Jazz Pedagogy  

  • Kodály (Elementary or Choral) and Kodály certificate (non-degree) 

Detailed information regarding the requirements for the above emphases can be found under the degree requirement section of this Bulletin. 


The Master of Music in Music Education with Instrumental emphasis provides a practical and applicable approach to education. The program, designed to be completed in a minimum of three-summers, meets the needs of current teachers by providing courses developed around the knowledge and skills necessary for success in 21st century music education. 

Jazz Pedagogy 

The principal goal of this graduate degree in jazz pedagogy is to provide students with a practical education of the highest quality. It is designed as a summer-only program for music educators who wish to focus on developing their skills in a program of study that is based upon theory, nomenclature and practices of jazz. 


The Master of Music in Music Education with Choral emphasis provides a practical and applicable approach to education. The program, designed to be completed in a minimum of three-summers, meets the needs of current teachers by providing courses developed around the knowledge and skills necessary for success in 21st century music education. 

Kodály Certificate (Elementary or Choral) 

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, linguist, educator, author and philosopher who inspired a revolution in the teaching of music in Hungary. He, together with colleagues, established new principles for music education now known as the Kodály Philosophy of music education. 

Kodály Music Assessment 

Prior to the start of the Summer II session, Kodály students will complete a Music Assessment to determine the most appropriate Musicianship and Conducting classes for enrollment. 

Faculty Contact Information 

Each faculty member on campus has a mailbox. Faculty have office voice-mail, which they can access, on site or remotely. If you leave a message, please speak slowly and leave a number where you can be reached (including area code). Faculty contact information can be found here: https://www.capital.edu/directory/.