In partnership, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the Global Foundation for the Performing Arts (GFPA) are proud to offer our Master of Music in Music Education hybrid degree program to a global audience. With hybrid learning modules from August 2022–August 2023 and optional sessions of study on the Longy campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in New York City, at the United Nations headquarters, USA, this degree blends Longy’s mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world with the UN Sustainable Development Goals committing to achieving inclusive and quality education for all. Together, UNITAR, Longy, and GFPA lift up affordable, relevant music training—and seek to remove barriers posed by gender and wealth disparities, achieve universal access to quality higher education, and center music and the arts in the arena of cultural diplomacy and understanding.

Select Course Highlights

Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching

  • Grounded in educational equity and diversity, learn how to maximize academic achievement for students from all backgrounds.

Early Childhood Music

  • Explore essential music education concepts and fundamental skills throughout early childhood development. Core music education goals that focus on the whole child are presented alongside music repertoire and lesson planning.

Non-Traditional Ensemble Arranging

  • Learn arranging strategies for a variety of ensembles to ensure access and inclusion for all of your students—no matter what instrumentation you have in your classroom.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Longy’s Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) hybrid degree program is rooted in the philosophy that every student’s lived experience should be recognized and celebrated in their music studies. Graduates of the MMME program at Longy enter their classrooms with the ability to honor every student’s identity and simultaneously engage the student as a person, while meeting the needs of their classes. They are equipped to adapt their lessons on an individual basis to ensure that every student feels seen, validated, and understood, while addressing individuals’ learning needs and inspiring greater investment from their students.


Culturally Responsive Teaching

Students learn most effectively when lessons build on what they already know: their culture, language, beliefs, and life experiences. Culturally responsive teaching values these aspects of each individual and connects instruction to the lives of every student. Longy’s Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) prepares teachers to understand and engage students’ on a personal, relevant and respectful level. As a result, our culturally responsive music teaching increases engagement, enhances confidence, raises expectations, improves performance, and elevates understanding in the classroom.

Representative Sampling of Course Offerings Calendar, 2022-2023

FALL 2022

Fall 1 (August 29–October 16)

  • From Ancient Greece to Venezuela: Historical Foundations of Music Education Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education

Fall 2 (October 24–December 11)

  • Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Advanced choral pedagogy for high school choir
    • Early childhood music education


Spring 1 (January 9–February 26)

  • Identity and Culture in the Classroom
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Music as a Healing Art
    • Non-traditional ensemble arranging
    • Advanced choral pedagogy for elementary and middle school choir

Spring 2 (March 6–April 23)

  • El Sistema Principles
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Advanced instrumental pedagogy for orchestra
    • Advanced general music methods


Summer 1 (May 1–June 18)

  • Adaptive Music Methods Research and Writing Techniques
  • Masters final project (part I)

Summer 2 (June 26–August 13)

  • Masters final project (part II)
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Technology for music education
    • Advanced Instrumental Pedagogy for Modern Band

To learn more, contact

Pelayo Alvarez, UNITAR:

Brian Moyer, Longy:

Benjamin Woodroffe, GFPA:

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