The PhD in music education, a research-intensive degree, focuses on the gathering, processing, and interpretation of information. Students in the PhD program take seminars and topics courses in music education, as well as research courses through the College of Education and Human Development. PhD graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate significant concepts of music education.
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Doctoral students participate in ensembles and coursework taught by world-renowned faculty in each concentration, and have the opportunity to work closely with professor-mentors, who advise on academic and musical projects. Students may have the chance to teach college-level courses while pursuing their studies to gain practical classroom or applied music experience, and may also give lessons through the Potomac Arts Academy, a community arts school that is affiliated with the university. Other opportunities include research collaboration and possibly internships with other university offices and departments.