Music Education (D.M.E.)

Music Education (D.M.E.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Foundational Courses
MUSC 801Historical Developments Influencing Music Education3
MUSC 835Philosophies of Music Education3
WRSP 810Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship3
Total Hours9
Advanced Music Education Studies Courses
MUSC 820The Music Educator3
MUSC 840Current Issues in Music Education3
MUSC 845The Role of the College Music Teacher3
MUSC 846Role Music Educ Administrator3
MUSC 851Community, Culture and Relationship in Music Education3
Total Hours15
Elective Courses
MUSC Elective 1,23
MUSC Elective 1,23
MUSC Elective 1,23
Total Hours9

Choose one of the courses listed in the Elective Course Options table below.


Other Masters and Doctoral level courses which support the purpose of the Doctor of Music Education may be approved on a case by case basis by the School of Music Online Chair or School of Music Online Dean

Research Studies Courses
MUSC 880Intro Thesis Writing Project3
MUSC 888Thesis Project Proposal Research I4
MUSC 889Thesis Project Proposal & Research II 15
MUSC 890Thesis Project Defense0
MUSC 892Comprehensive Exam0
Total Hours12

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in MUSC 890 Thesis Project Defense (3 c.h.) after completing MUSC 889 Thesis Project Proposal & Research II (3,5 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat MUSC 889 Thesis Project Proposal & Research II (3,5 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in MUSC 890 Thesis Project Defense (3 c.h.)

Doctor of Music Education Elective Course Options*

ETHM 500Ethnic Music Theory3
ETHM 511Introduction to Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 512Field of Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 513Anthropology of Music3
ETHM 514Organology3
ETHM 530Worship and Culture3
ETHM 531Resources and Materials in Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 540Seminar in Ethnic Music3
ETHM 541Seminar in Ethnic Music: India3
ETHM 542Seminar in Ethnic Music: Native America3
ETHM 543Seminar in Ethnic Music: Africa3
ETHM 544Seminar in Ethnic Music: Latin America3
ETHM 545Seminar in Ethnic Music: Middle East3
ETHM 546Seminar in Ethnic Music: China3
ETHM 547Seminar in Ethnic Music: Southeast Asia3
ETHM 548Seminar in Ethnic Music: Indonesia3
ETHM 549Seminar in Ethnic Music: Eastern Europe3
ETHM 600Transcription and Analysis of Non-Western Music3
ETHM 611Arts in Global Engagement3
ETHM 613Applied Ethnomusicology3
ETHM 650Research Methods in Ethnomusicology3
MUSC 510Foundations of Music Education3
MUSC 515Graduate Conducting3
MUSC 516Advanced Graduate Conducting3
MUSC 524Analytical Techniques3
MUSC 525Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques3
MUSC 531Bibliography and Research in Music Education3
MUSC 550Applied Music3
MUSC 620Music in America3
MUSC 630Principles of Music Technology3
MUSC 640History and Philosophy of Music Education in America3
MUSC 650Research in Music Education3
MUSC 670Principles of Curricula and Pedagogy for Music Education3
Worship Music
WMUS 515Graduate Conducting for the Worship Leader3
WMUS 516Advanced Graduate Conducting3
WMUS 524Analytical Techniques for the Worship Leader3
WMUS 525Advanced Contemporary Arranging Techniques for Worship3
WMUS 550Applied Music3
WMUS 600Music Resources and Literature for Worship Leading3
WMUS 610Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship3
WMUS 630Principles of Worship Technology3
WMUS 670Principles of Music and Worship Pedagogy3
Worship Studies
WRSP 501Principles of Worship and Ministry3
WRSP 502A History of Worship Music3
WRSP 510Biblical Foundations of Worship3
WRSP 520The Role of the Worship Leader3
WRSP 530Principles of Leadership for the Worship Leader3
WRSP 540Current Issues in Worship3
WRSP 545Global Worship3
WRSP 551Building a Balanced Worship Ministry3
WRSP 631Spiritual Formation for Leading African American Worship3
WRSP 632Emerging Issues in African American Worship3
WRSP 635Building a Theology of Worship3
WRSP 641Team Building in African American Worship3
WRSP 645The Role of the Pastor with the Worship Leader3
WRSP 650Bibliography & Research in Music & Worship3
WRSP 671God's People and the History of African American Worship3
WRSP 801Historical Developments of Christian Worship3
WRSP 811Principles of Ethno-doxology3
WRSP 812Cultural Contextualization in Christian Worship3
WRSP 820History and Practice of Congregational Song3
WRSP 835Theology of Christian Worship3
WRSP 840Current Trends and Transitions in Christian Worship3
WRSP 845Philosophy of Music and Christian Worship3
WRSP 846Growth, Development, and Spiritual Formation3
WRSP 851Planning and Leading Christian Worship3
WRSP 997Advanced Seminar in Worship Studies3
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 703Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education3
EDUC 758Teaching the College Student3
EDUC 771Curriculum Theory3
EDUC 840Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership3

*Other Masters and Doctoral level courses which support the purpose of the Doctor of Music Education may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the School of Music Online Chair or School of Music Online Dean.

All Applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 45 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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