Doctor of Philosophy

The goal of the music education PhD program is to prepare professionals for leadership roles in music education, especially for positions as researchers and teacher educators in higher education. Ohio State University graduates have been employed in teaching and research positions all over the country, including at the University of Miami, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Texas, the University of Florida, the University of Michigan and many others.

One of the strengths of the Ohio State PhD program is its flexibility. Each student, working with his or her faculty advisor, develops a customized program of study to complement the student's previous coursework, research, and teaching interests. Members of the faculty will work with you to help develop and achieve your professional and personal goals. Please see PDF icon PhD in Music Education [pdf].

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Featured Alumna

Gail Barnes, School of Music alumnaGail V. Barnes, professor of music education, University of South Carolina

After 18 years as a public school teacher, I relished my time at Ohio State. I applied to the PhD program there because of Bob Gillespie (and his expertise in string pedagogy) but learned from all the professors with whom I had contact. I have tried to ensure my students at University of South Carolina have the same rich experience.