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SUU Ranked Among Top 20 Colleges with Best Online Music Programs

Published: January 30, 2019 | Author: Parker Nelson | Category: Academics

student in music technology labThe online music program at Southern Utah University recently ranked number 13 among similar programs in the nation by Onlinecollegeplan.com, an organization listing the top music colleges in the United States that offer online programs.

Southern Utah University’s online Master of Music Education and Master of Music Technology program both received positive scoring. School rankings were based off annual tuition, return on investment, the number of classes or programs offered, and the graduation and retention rates.

The Master of Music Education is a 30-credit hour hybrid program designed for students who are already teachers. Students in the program meet on campus for a three-week session before completing the rest of their courses online. “Teachers take lessons on an instrument they teach, but don’t know as well as others,” said Thomas Herb, director of the Master of Music Education.

The Master of Music Technology is also a 30-credit hour program, which is completely online, where students enroll in core music technology classes before choosing their track of either Performance Technology or Studio Technology. The Performance Technology track features classes such as audio recording and studies in music theory. The Studio Technology track includes classes such as music business technology and music for film/video/games.

professor in music labHerb also talks about the benefits of music as an online program, specifically, Master of Music Education, “Teachers who receive their master through SUU’s program get better as a teacher, their students grasp concepts easier, and they get a pay raise as well.”

In response to the benefits of online music programs, Steven Meredith, director of the Music Technology Program and assistant to the president for institutional effectiveness, said, “A great benefit to the SUU online degree program in music technology is that our students have access to professionals from all over the country who serve as adjunct professors.”

Online music programs create another route for students to learn and eventually earn their degrees. “This master’s program is very practical with immediate, visible results,” Herb said.    

“The fact that the SUU campus is somewhat remotely located, in a city that is not noted as a hub of the music industry, doesn’t keep us from delivering a world-class education to our graduate students - and all of this is possible because of online delivery,” said Meredith.  

To find out more information about SUU’s online music master programs visit the website.  

Contact the Music Technology Program Director


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