AU Master of Music Education Program Ranked Top 10 Nationally


Anderson, Ind. — The Anderson University Master of Music Education (MME) program has been ranked the seventh best program in the nation according to Best Value Schools. A total of 15 schools made the list and AU was the lone school from the state of Indiana.

To narrow down an extensive list of options, Best Value Schools attributed a point system and ranked the programs based on tuition and estimated completion time. 

“Our MME program has grown significantly in reputation, size, and reach, bringing students to AU from across the country and around the world,” said Dr. Jeff Wright, dean of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. “We provide students with the tools they need to be better teachers, while also challenging them to become leaders in the field of music education through their research and scholarship. Our students learn from internationally known master teachers who teach alongside our distinguished AU faculty. The result is a transformational degree program.”

The Master of Music Education at Anderson University is designed for the practicing music educator who has one or more years of experience as a music teacher. The 32-hour degree is a hybrid program with courses completed online, at a distance through Skype or similar platforms, and in residence. Most courses can be completed during summer sessions (six weeks of coursework each summer), though a limited number of evening classes during the academic year may be required. 

“The Anderson University Master of Music Education and Summer Studies in Music Education programs combine our stellar music faculty and nationally known leaders in the field,” said Dr. Joani Brandon, professor of music education. “Teacher-participants join us from all over the world and become a musical community that studies, sings, speaks, dances, and plays instruments to learn how to better serve the children they teach.”

Separate tracks of study are available for instrumental, choral, and general music specialists. Students may also pursue three levels of Orff Schulwerk certification as part of this degree program or other courses from the Summer Studies in Music Education program. The MME program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.