Mason Music Education

Official website for George Mason University Music Education including CNAfME and graduate programs. Questions? Please contact:

Charles R. Ciorba, Ph.D.

The Music Education program at George Mason University offers multiple degree options, which include:

Bachelor of Music Education

Music Education Licensure Certificate

Online Master's Degree options:
- Fully Online (non-thesis option)
- Fully online (thesis option)
- Online Hybrid (Kodaly option)
- Online Hybrid (Orff option)

Ph.D. in Music Education

Our faculty are


Congratulations to GMU Music Education Alum: JR Jeerakul for being named the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for the Fairfax County Public Schools' Edison Pyramid – a remarkable achievement and testament to your dedication and talent! JR is the Orchestra Director at Edison High School and was nominated by an entire coalition of orchestra parents for the incredible work he has done in a short period of time. We are so proud of you, JR!


The Dewberry School of Music at George Mason University would like to help all Graduate Music Education Students enrolled in the Summer Music Studies/MM Program at the University of the Arts through this difficult time. We invite you to apply to Mason's Online and Online Hybrid Master of Music Education Degree, where we could accept up to 24 official transfer credits (a minimum of six credits needs to be earned at George Mason University). This is a limited one-time opportunity arranged for graduate music education students who enrolled in the Summer Music Studies/MM program at the University of the Arts.

George Mason University offers a variety of flexible and innovative online options for music educators who are wishing to complete their master’s degree.
No Placement Exams Required for entrance to the degree program.
In state and out of state students pay the same tuition rate.

Applications can be approved as early as this summer!

If you have questions, or would like to arrange an advising appointment, please contact Dr. Charles Ciorba, Director of Graduate Music Education, at [email protected].


We at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University are deeply saddened by the news of the closure of Philadelphia's University of the Arts.
We stand in solidarity with all affected students, staff, faculty and the wider arts community.

We are currently working to support students affected by this closure, if you think George Mason University would be the fit to continue your artistic journey, please email Christen Beatty at [email protected] for undergraduate admissions questions.
For graduate admissions questions, please email [email protected].

As artists, we stand with you and we are confident you all will succeed in creating your new path forward.

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‘Tis the season! Mason Music Education would like to congratulate Jaelin Mitchell on his new position at Marumsco Hills Elementary school this fall.


Congratulations to Robert Katz on his official appointment as Orchestra Director at Kilmer Middle School! We are SO proud of you!


Congratulations to Me’Haley Babich on passing comprehensive exams today and advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!


Choral Music People in the mid-Atlantic region, consider registering for 2024 at the beautiful Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

Besides sharing this post as host campus, the committee member featured below just happens to be an alum of the and we love any excuse to feature our excellent grads.

We’d like to begin introducing you to our incredible planning committee members who have been working for months on making our Voices United 2024 conference happen. First up is Mr. Ocie Banks, our co-chair of marketing and media! He is the man behind all of our graphics and website designs!

Ocie S. Banks is the Director of Choirs at Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Creative & Performing Arts School in Prince George’s County. He previously taught at Samuel Ogle Middle and Rosaryville Elementary, achieving Superior Ratings with his choirs. He serves as a lead curriculum writer for the PGCPS Vocal Music Department. Banks holds a BME from George Mason University and a Master of Music and CAGS in Choral Conducting from Messiah University. He is President-Elect of the Maryland/DC Chapter of ACDA and Recording Secretary of the Maryland Choral Educators Association. Banks also leads OSB Music, LLC, and serves as Executive Pastor of Gifted Church, Inc. He is an active choral and vocal clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. He is dedicated to promoting choral excellence. To learn more about Ocie, visit .


Mason Music Education would like to congratulate Brice Bach on his appointment as the Orchestra Director at the Westminster School! We are SO proud of you, Brice!


Mason Music Education would like to congratulate Khoa Nguyen on accepting a full time position as a strings teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools! We are so proud of you, Khoa!


Band Directors! Are you ready to study the art of jazz improvisation? More details in the comments below.


Mason Music Education would like to congratulate Ed Wisniewski on accepting a job at George C Round Elementary in Manassas City where he will be teaching general music starting this fall!


Tonight hosted Fulbright Scholar Dr. Julian Knight, founder of the community music organization Creative Futures in the U.K. Happy to have Dr. Knight as a guest of the

Engage, Elevate, Empower: Teacher Well-Being & Artistic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for the Performing Arts Educator 04/07/2024

Mason Community Arts Academy is hosting a three-day professional development workshop on Performing Arts Educator Well-Being and Artistic Social Emotional Learning.

Dr. Scott Edgar and Rita Gigliotti are collaborating this Summer, July 1, 2, 3 to provide an opportunity to come together to restore our well-being, learn how to maintain a reduced stress day and engage students in practices that will improve focus, artistry, performance and well-being.

Inservice teachers and graduate students can opt to take this workshop for 1 college credit.

To learn more about this program and see a sample schedule please visit:

Engage, Elevate, Empower: Teacher Well-Being & Artistic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for the Performing Arts Educator Engage, Elevate, Empower: Teacher Well-Being & Artistic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for the Performing Arts EducatorHome / Professional Development / Engage, Elevate, Empower: Teacher Well-Being & Artistic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for the Performing Arts Educator Overview This three-day p...

Photos from Mason Music Education's post 04/05/2024

Day 1 of orchestra rotation in lab ensemble. Todays crash course: how to tune when you have new strings, how to fix a fallen bridge, and how to do all of that while giving instructions 🤣 can’t get much more authentic without having real 5th grade students…


Congratulations to Ph.D. student Me'haley Babich for passing her dissertation proposal defense this afternoon!

Photos from Mason Music Education's post 04/04/2024

Mason Music Ed welcomed Willard Middle School to the choral methods class today for lab teaching experience. Thanks to Mr Erik Jacobs for bringing your outstanding students to campus today!


Register today!

The second annual Mason Summer Band Camp 2024 will be held from June 17 to June 21, 2024 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Wind, Brass, and Percussionists from grades 6-12 are invited to spend a week of music-making featuring a Junior High and Senior High Band, opportunities for private lessons with Mason faculty, and THE GREEN MACHINE EXPERIENCE! Students have the option to enroll as a Day Camper or Overnight Residential Camper!

We look forward to great music-making, fun, and many memories at the Mason Summer Band Camp this summer! 🎶



Congratulations to junior Music Education major Elaine Hopkins for her grant award through the Mason Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) which will fund a music exchange research project in Tanzania this summer! Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music


Congratulations to Dr. Tina Beveridge director of undergraduate music education, for her recent appointment to the editorial board of Arts Education Policy Review Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music

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