Entrance Requirements & Application

VCU awards a Master of Music (M.M.) degree with a track in Music Education. All degree candidates should possess teaching certification.

Entrance requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in Music or Music Education from an accredited institution
  • Virginia Teaching Certification in PK-12 Music Education (or from a reciprocal state)
  • Written statement of personal philosophy of Music Education – this is used to assess thoughtful reflection on larger issues of the profession, ability to express thought in clearly written English and as diagnosis for specific deficiencies in this area
  • Three letters of recommendation; must include letter from a person who has directly observed applicant’s teaching

Prospective students should submit the following:

  • VCU’s application to graduate study.
  • Original transcripts.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Cover letter and résumé.
  • A writing sample on the applicant’s personal philosophy of music education.

To obtain a print application, transcript request form and letter of reference forms, visit the VCU Graduate School website.

After application materials have been received, an on-campus interview with the director of Music Education will be scheduled.



The Department of Music offers scholarship awards ranging up to $2,000 for students enrolled in the Master of Music program.


  • Students must have completed a minimum of nine graduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.5.
  • Students must be enrolled full time with nine credits per summer.


  • To apply, submit a letter of intent articulating future goals that are supported by the master’s degree to David Greennagel as an attached Word document.

General policies

  • Scholarships are given as a single award and students may reapply each year for a maximum of two awards.
  • For full consideration, scholarship applications must be received by the end of April. Recipients will be notified by mid-May.
  • Awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee receipt of additional scholarships, nor does the amount received in the first award guarantee the same amount in any possible subsequent awards.