Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

The PhD in Music Education at Illinois emphasizes professional preparation for careers as music teacher educators, researchers, and leaders in the field.

Doctoral students enroll in courses that provide depth and breadth in research approaches, theoretical and scholarly analysis, and opportunities to conduct research studies under the guidance of faculty members in music education and across campus. Participation in the MOSAIC Consortium, an ongoing scholarly community of doctoral students and faculty, is a critical part of the doctoral experience at Illinois. 

Financial assistance is available for qualified doctoral students in music education in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships. Some assistantships and fellowships provide waivers of tuition and service fees, as well as a stipend.

To be considered for financial awards, complete the entire graduate application process. No additional application for assistantships or fellowships is required. Teaching assistantships will be awarded based on the needs of the division, the applicant’s letters of recommendation, prior teaching experience, and submission of the teaching video.

Doctoral students may qualify for the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Fellowship in Music Education, which is associated with the Zimmerman Endowed Chair. In addition, the Music Education Division offers the Dr. Charles Leonhard Dissertation Research Award for doctoral candidates completing their research projects.

For information regarding the PhD in Music Education at Illinois, contact Dr. Jeananne Nichols.


For additional information on the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, please visit the Academic Catalog.