Master of Arts in Teaching: Music (K-12)

If you have a genuine interest in helping children realize their dreams, Rollins can provide you with the education to succeed in the classroom.


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) is a state-approved teacher education program. Designed for those who wish to teach music (K-12), the M.A.T. provides opportunities for students to pursue graduate studies and to meet professional certification requirements for teaching in Florida.

Graduate Studies in Education at Rollins will provide you with course and fieldwork that focus on the exceptionally diverse school-age population in Florida and around the world. Technology, diversity, and cutting-edge instructional strategies are at the core of our programs.

With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 in many classes, you can easily develop a rapport with faculty and classmates. Smaller classes enable you to receive the personal attention and individual instruction necessary for development as a professor educator. Rollins offers late afternoon/evening classes and an environment responsive to the adult learner who balances academics with a job and family.

Credit hours: 52
Program length: 5-7 semesters
Total program cost (2017-18 tuition rate of $525 per credit): $27,300

CURRENT STUDENTS: Click here to access Education Department forms.


The Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum combines strong academics with intensive practical experiences in the classroom. This program includes a one semester full-time internship at a school. It is possible for part-time students to complete the degree in two to three years. Successful graduates become eligible for a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate in Music (K-12).

Students entering the program with no previous education or music coursework are required to the complete the following 55-credit hour program of study. For students who have completed previous equivalent undergraduate or graduate level education coursework, some requirements maybe waived. A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours must be taken at Rollins.

Music Coursework [18 credit hours]

MUS 510              Technological Trends and Media Resources for the Educator [3]

MUS 551              Practical Music Theory for the Working Musician [3]

MUS 560              World Music [3]

MUS 561              Music History and Performance Practice [3]

MUS 580              Performance Literature: Choral/Instrumental [3]

MUS 581              Pedagogy for Choral and Instrumental Teaching [3]

Education Coursework [37 credit hours]

EDU 501               Sociological Foundations of Education [3]

EDU 504               Psychological Foundations of  Education [3]

EDU 513               Curriculum and Assessment for Diverse Learners [3]

EDU 517               Teaching Music in the Secondary School [3]

EDU 517L              Field Experience in Secondary Education [1]

EED 519                Integrated Arts in the Elementary School [3]

EDU 522               Strategies for Instruction Learning, and Classroom Management

EDU 534               Student Teaching: Secondary [9]

EDU 535               Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools [3]

EDU 540               Seminar in Classroom Management [3]

EDU 580               The Multicultural Classroom [3]

Program requirements are subject to change based upon Florida legislative mandates.


Classes at Rollins are personal and interactive. Devoted to teaching and supportive of adult learners, Rollins professors go out of their way to help students achieve their goals. Faculty include nationally prominent professors who remain active in the teaching profession. In addition to their ongoing scholarship and dedication to teaching, they serve on governing boards of professional journals and national and state associations. Rollins faculty and staff are committed to your success and to making your college experience rewarding.                         

Education Faculty:

Wendy Brandon

Associate Professor

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Brandon's teaching areas include social foundations of education and multicultural education research methods. Her research analyzes the role of race, class, and gender in school success. Currently she is completing a manuscript entitled Teaching for Global Consciousness.                       

Margot Fadool

Assistant Professor and Director of Field Placements

Ed.D., University of Cincinnati

Dr. Fadool teaches courses in diagnosis of reading difficulties, language arts, and children’s literature. Her research interests include reading attitudes, writing workshop and technology in education.

Angela Griner

Coordinator of Reading Education

M.A. in Reading Education, University of South Florida; Ed.D. Specializing in Urban and Multicultural Education, University of Florida

Professor Griner teaches courses in foundations of reading and differentiated literacy instruction in the content areas.  Her current research interests include literacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, and issues of disproportionality in programs serving children with special needs.

J. Scott Hewit

Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Ed.D. Early Childhood Education, Ball State University

Dr. Hewit teaches courses in instructional strategies, special needs, and curriculum.  His research interests include candidate impact on P-12 student learning, public policy, and education in Rwanda.                       

H. James McLaughlin

Professor and Richard James Mertz Chair of Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Dr. McLaughlin teaches courses in curriculum development and analysis, social foundations of education, and global perspectives of education. His research interests include the education of Latino students, education in rural schools in Latin America, and the history of the education of immigrants in the U.S.A.

 Jie Yu

Assistant Professor and ESOL Coordinator

PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University

Dr. Yu teaches foundations, math methods, and multicultural courses in education. Her research interests include curriculum studies, classroom teaching and learning, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and multicultural education.

Music Faculty:

Dr. John Sinclair

Chair, Director, and Professor of Music

Dr. John V. Sinclair serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College.   He is celebrating his 20th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is the conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals.

He earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  Musically he is known for creative interpretations, expressive conducting style, and innovative programming.  During the past fifteen years he has made over seven hundred appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and numerous Bach Festival recordings.

A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award and Grant, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship.  For two consecutive years he was selected as the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida and the Florida International Magazine selected him as one of their “Power Players in the Arts.”

Dr. Sinclair founded the Rollins College Community School of Music and the Bach Society’s Arts-in-Education program, FreshStARTS, which takes innovative music programs to thousands of public school students in central Florida each year

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