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About the M.A.T. in Music

If you hold a bachelor's degree in music (or the credit-hour equivalent), Rhode Island College’s M.A.T. in music education program will prepare you to become a certified music teacher and a potential leader of school music programs. Your course of study will include the study of K-12 teaching methods; assessment; classroom research; and the history, philosophy and psychology of music education. In addition to clinical experiences in public school classrooms, this program will culminate in a semester of full-time student teaching. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for full certification to teach music in all grades (pre-K-12) in Rhode Island. Our program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Your program is individually developed by you and your graduate advisor, based on information derived from your application, audition, department entrance audition and personal interview. After all the admissions steps have been completed, you and your graduate advisor will work together to develop a formal Plan of Study which, when approved and signed, will become your degree curriculum.

You may start taking courses in the program before the Plan of Study is formulated, especially if your application process has begun and if the courses you are taking are expected to be included in your Plan of Study. A maximum of 9 credit hours taken before formal admission can be included in your program. Depending on the agreed Plan of Study, a maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate coursework may be accepted in transfer from other institutions.


Apply to the Graduate School

To begin the process you will need to sign up for an account with CollegeNET. Once you have a CollegeNET account, you will be able to log in any time and see your Activity Log which shows you a personalized status page.

Program Details

Program Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in professional music education.
  • Demonstrate enhanced skills in teaching in classroom and rehearsal settings.
  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in scholarship and research that will grow over their professional lifetime and that will inform and support their professional work.
  • Build on the base of performance skills established in their baccalaureate studies.
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Program Coordinator

Laura Stambaugh

Laura A. Stambaugh

Assistant Professor