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Online Master's in Popular Music Pedagogy
Advance your career in popular music education, music entrepreneurship, or performance leadership with this dynamic and flexible program delivered 100 percent online by Frost’s award-winning faculty.

Why Earn a Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy?

Whether you are an artist, educator, or music entrepreneur, the online Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy offers a unique and flexible platform to boost your talents and advance your career in the diverse and ever-evolving popular music industry.

The only fully online program of its kind, the Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy fills an important gap in the world of traditional music education by offering a wealth of popular music teaching and learning strategies adaptable to a broad spectrum of students and learning styles.

Students pursuing this degree will explore popular music artistry, instrumental and vocal methods, as well as the business side of popular music, and, most importantly, tailor their courses to serve their career goals. That means discovering the technology behind the music, as well as media creation, entrepreneurship and arts management, marketing strategies, and the practical and legal aspects of the popular music industry.

The program culminates in a capstone project, created with the guidance of the program director and faculty, all experienced in the industry, to serve as a digital portfolio designed to highlight the student’s skills and abilities and further enhance their opportunities for a sustainable career in popular music.

The Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy is more than a degree – it’s an opportunity to propel your career in popular music to new heights.

Program At A Glance

10 courses

7 weeks per course

18-24 months to complete

SACSCOC accredited University

GRE/GMAT not required

Capstone Project

Explore More About The Program

The popular music industry is ever-evolving as it adapts to changes in technology and consumer behavior, making it an exciting and lucrative field. Obtaining a Master’s in Popular Music Pedagogy online can help you accelerate your career in popular music education by advancing your understanding of popular music methods and theory, as well as stage presence, performance, arts leadership, business practices, and more.

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Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy Career Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy is specifically tailored to meet the ever-evolving needs of music educators and anyone looking to advance their career in the popular music industry.

If you have a love of popular music and a desire to share that passion with others, this degree will open new opportunities in music education and beyond. Graduates of this program can go on to teach at the college or university level, as well as run community music ensembles, non-profit music programs, or private studios with a popular music focus. The convenience of the fully online Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy is perfect for individuals who are already working, teaching, or running their own businesses. Certified and practicing K-12 music teachers will also find this program beneficial in adding popular music instruction to their repertoire.

Take your passion for music education to the next level with this innovative and one-of-a-kind, online program!


Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy $2,421 30 $72,630 $43,578

*This is the total estimated cost of the program before potential financial assistance.
†Based on the UM 2023-2024 UOnline Tuition and fees rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

You can learn more about financial aid opportunities available to you here.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Students interested in completing one of the University of Miami’s online programs, including the Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy, must create a student profile and complete an online application.

The online application process involves submitting the documents below:

1. Official Transcripts

This includes official transcripts from ALL academic institutions you've attended. You can upload your transcripts to receive an admission decision. However, you'll also need to email electronic or mail physical official transcripts.

Email electronic transcripts to or mail physical transcripts to:
Attn: UOnline Enrollment
PO Box 248272
Coral Gables, FL. 33146 - 2991

2. Personal Statement

Your personal statement should include reasons for your interest in the online Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy degree. You should also explain how this degree relates to your professional background and/or career goals.

3. Resume

Upload an updated resume that includes your:

  • Employment history
  • Academic history
  • Publications
  • Military experience, if any
  • Leadership roles
  • Honors/Awards
  • Community activities
  • Volunteer initiatives
4. Letters of Recommendation

You’ll need to submit two or three letters of recommendation. When you enter your recommenders’ information on the application, they automatically receive an email asking them to fill out your recommendation online. You should ask them before completing this part of the application as well as inform them of the process involved. Reminding them that your recommendations need to be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission, would also be helpful.

The online application allows you to track the status of each of your recommendations. It’s best to request letters from academic and/or professional references and not personal contacts. They can provide a more accurate assessment of your performance and can indicate why you would be a good fit for the program.

5. TOEFL Scores (international applicants only)

Test scores must be valid at the time of admission and no older than 5 years. You can upload unofficial test scores with your online application to receive an admission decision.

Use the following school codes when sending them:

TOEFL codes:

  • Institution: 5815
  • Department (All UOnline programs): 44055
6. Portfolio

As part of the application process for the Master of Arts in Popular Music Pedagogy program, applicants are required to showcase their skills and passion through a portfolio submission. This key component allows us to gain a deeper understanding of your musical journey and potential.

Please submit only one of the following options:

  1. Teaching Demonstration: Provide a glimpse into your abilities as a music educator through a video recording. This could either be a sample from a one-on-one private lesson or a clip from a classroom teaching session.
  2. Performance Demonstration: Let us see your musical talent in action with a video recording of a single musical selection or song. This can be a vocal performance, or a piece performed on a musical instrument.
7. FAFSA and Student Orientation

Once you complete your application you should start preparing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Student Readiness. You can submit your FAFSA during the application process using the school code: 001536, to meet all required Financial Aid deadlines.

You’ll need to complete a mandatory online Student Readiness Orientation (SRO) within four weeks of accepting an admissions offer. This ensures you’ll be eligible to start class.

Summer 2024 Application Deadline

Ready to apply?

For students who wish to start classes in the Popular Music Pedagogy program on May 6, 2024, the Application deadline is April 22, 2024. Download the UOnline Application Checklist for a step-by-step guide through the simplified application process.

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A Message From Program Director Raina Murnak

"This program is ideal for educators who want to enhance their knowledge beyond the traditionally taught classical pedagogy of most music education programs. You get the boutique Frost experience – where faculty get to know their students - but 100 percent online. Plus, this degree allows students the freedom to build their capstone project around their unique musical interests."

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