Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education

Teaching music has grown increasingly complex over the last number of years. Teachers today face a changing society, technological shifts, and a student body with diverse needs. Recent efforts to address these challenges through curriculum reform have met with normal resistance to institutional change.

The Acadia University School of Education, in partnership with Acadia's School of Music and Open Acadia, is offering this program as a combination of summer institute and online and blended courses. The program is designed to be course-based, but students with a strong interest in research can also consider a thesis option.  

Acadia’s program design is unique, and includes:

  • a cohort model
  • a sequenced degree curriculum, where courses are designed to build from one course to the next, culminating in a capstone experience
  • a hybrid of virtual classroom, online modules, and individual/group instruction including face-to-face meetings with professors and advisors
  • scheduling that is friendly to working professionals, including virtual classroom sessions and two week summer residency on campus (as opposed to usual 8 week requirements in other “four-summer” degree programs)
  • rigor achieved through the hybrid design (not simply a collection of unconnected survey courses often found in other distance learning degree programs) combined with a 2-year timeline for completion
  • There are 10 courses to be taken for the completion of the degree, and the courses are offered one at a time over a 2 year period.  

Two dynamic cohorts went through the program from 2012-14 - one focused on Elementary Music Education and the other on Secondary Music Education, and a third cohort will finish in Summre 2015.

The Acadia University Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus in Music Education provides teachers with opportunities to learn and share experiences with colleagues in courses that offer both theoretical grounding and practical application.  Through this program, teachers will be able to develop as leaders in music educators, and to:

  • Refine their teaching abilities with expanded knowledge of both the theories behind music instruction and the application of those theories to the classroom;
  • Further their professional development and open up new career opportunities
  • Allow learning from both the comfort of home and from classrooms at Acadia's historic campus;
  • Provide individual attention from professors who can relate to you as an educator.

Renowned music educators associated with past program cohorts have included Dale Lonis, Jeffrey Agrell, Ardith Haley, Barbara Barter, June Countryman, Eric Favaro, Mark Hopkins, Ruth Morrison, among others. 

Program Courses

EDUC 5633 Curriculum Foundations
EDUC 5663: Curriculum Practice 
EDUC 5843: Instructional Design for Music Education
EDUC 50G3: Research Literacy
EDUC 5xx3: Creativity in Music Education 
EDUC 5643: Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies
EDUC 5673: Current Research and Theory in Music Education
EDUC 5xx3: Music as a Catalyst for Social Change
EDUC 5xx3: Elective or EDUC 5143 Educational Explorations
EDUC 5xx3: Capstone Project in Music Education

Application Information

If you are interested in joining an upcoming cohort, please contact our Graduate Studies office, or one of the contacts below.  Our next cohort (our fourth) is being planned for a start in the Summer of 2016 (July courses).

Applications require an online application, letter of intent, transcripts, two letters of reference and a current resume/CV.

Online application here: 

Be sure to note on your application that you are applying for the 2016 Music cohort.  Transcripts and other documents supporting the online application go to:

Graduate Studies Officer, Division of Research and Graduate Studies
18 University Avenue, Box 70
214 Horton Hall, Acadia University
Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6


  • Application fee: $50.00
  • Ten 3-credit hour courses: $979 per course (subject to change)
  • Ancillary Fees may apply to selected courses 

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