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, offers this part-time 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 over a two year period.  

Two dynamic cohorts went through the program from 2012-14, and a third cohort finished in Summer 2015. 

Our fourth cohort began in January 2016. 

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. 

Rollout of Courses for 2016 Cohort which started in January 2016:

EDUC 5663:  Curriculum Practice - Music Education, Winter 2016 (online)   
EDUC 5633:  Curriculum Foundations, Spring 2016 (online)
EDUC 5843:  Instructional Design for Music Education, Summer 2016 (campus)
EDUC 5053:  Ensembleship: Physical Leadership as Teacher, Coach and Mentor, Summer 2016 (campus)
EDUC 5053:  Creativity in Music Education, Fall 2016 (online)
EDUC 50G3:  Research Literacy, Winter 2017 (online);  or EDUC 5513 (for Thesis option)
EDUC 5643:  Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies, Spring 2017 (online)
EDUC 5xx3:   Creativity Music Playshop, Summer 2017 (campus)
EDUC 5xx3:  Capstone Project in Music Education, Summer 2017 (campus)
EDUC 5673:   Current Research and Theory, Fall 2017 (online)



Letters of Interest:


If you are interested in joining an upcoming cohort of this program, please send a letter of interest to Open Acadia. Be sure to note that your interest is for the Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus on Music Education.


Letters of interest can be sent via email to:    Open Acadia, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6




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