Graduate Studies for Nondegree Students

Orff Schulwerk Sharing event 2018

Many graduate music education courses at St. Thomas are open to students who have not been admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) program. The nondegree enrollment option is designed for students who want to try graduate coursework before enrolling in the Master's program or for students interested in educational study leading to academic credit and a university transcript. Up to six credits may be applied toward the M.A. degree, provided that the coursework is applicable to one of the degree concentrations.

‌Over fifty courses and workshops are offered year-round to facilitate life-long learning opportunities for music education practitioners. Subjects include diverse topics such as African Music Ensemble, technology, handmade instruments, guitar pedagogy, lap dulcimer and autoharp, Irish music, interdisciplinary/ multicultural approaches to composition, dances from around the world, early childhood music, developing the child voice, studio recording, and more.  To learn more about upcoming courses, please visit our Graduate Course Offerings page.

Opportunities for Graduate Credit

The University of St. Thomas offers graduate credit for some courses taken at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Some SLAC courses may serve as possible electives in the instrumental concentration in the St. Thomas Master of Arts in Music Education (MAME) degree. Students must receive prior approval from the Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education at St. Thomas in order for credits to serve as an elective in the MAME program.

Course fees are billed through the University of St. Thomas. There is no financial aid available through St. Thomas for these courses. Students also may take SLAC courses as nondegree courses. For detailed course dates, fees, and descriptions, visit the Shell Lake Arts Center (SLAC) Web site at or send questions via e-mail to

For information on Minnesota Orff, Kodály Chapter of Minnesota, and other workshops please refer to our events page within this site. For more information on obtaining a credit when attending workshops please refer to Graduate Credit for Workshops.

The University of St. Thomas admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.