Why earn a doctorate in music education?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 1
Dec. 1

Combine your passion for music with a deep dive into research and a strong foundation in teaching. UND's Ph.D. program in music helps you build advanced skills in any aspect of music.

Your Ph.D. coursework provides intensive study in the following areas:

  • Music Education
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Foundations of Education
  • Scholarly Tools in Education

Ph.D. students also choose a minor or cognate in a supporting area.

Music Education Ph.D. at UND

  • Conduct independent, original scholarly work that contributes to knowledge in the field.

  • Engage in research and discover new modes of music instruction.

  • Apply for a teaching assistantship to qualify for a stipend.

  • Discuss cutting-edge music pedagogy.

  • The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Education Careers 


Anticipated job growth for postsecondary teachers

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Median annual salary for postsecondary teachers

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The Ph.D. program prepares you to take on a leadership role in music education. Some Ph.D. graduates go on to teach at the university level and contribute to the field through original scholarship research. Others become leaders in public school or community music education.

Our faculty receive national and international recognition for their talents, which they bring back to the classroom to share with you. The music faculty consist of specialists in:

  • Major orchestral and band instruments
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Music history
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music education

We pride ourselves on personal attention to students, high standards and a close working relationship with the Grand Forks community.

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