MA in Music Education; Career Uncertainty

October 17, 2022, 1:40 PM · Hi,
I am a current graduate student studying MA in Music Education , but also have a BM in Music Performance. I was planning to pursue my doctorate degree to teach in college, but after reflecting and thinking for a period of time, I decided I don't want to. For a performance major who was practicing and performing all the time, the research and material I am learning right now are just not something I am passionate or interested in, and the thought of me doing this for 6-7 more years is something I know I will regret. Furthermore, I didn't know I needed classroom experience to be able to apply for a doctorate or PhD in music education, which I am also not eager in teaching general music to K-8 children. Yes, this is a lack of research and planning on my part, but I was just so eager to start a new field, that I dove head first.

What are the different options for what I can do with a MA degree? Is it just classroom teaching? I was teaching privately before, but I want to make this a full time job, where I am teaching violin all the time, privately and at music schools, academies, etc. Does a MA help with this?

Any input is greatly appreciated!
Thank you.


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