About ACM Online


Interaction and collaboration are essential for successful online learning.

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One hundred percent of ACM’s instruction for the Master in Music Education instruction is delivered online at a location determined by the student.  Students access ACM’s online courses via the Internet, utilizing a web-based learning management system (LMS), and regularly collaborate with faculty and students.  Both in asynchronous (Email/Discussions) and synchronous (Live Zoom Instruction/Office Visits) modalities.



Research has demonstrated that successful online learning environments emphasize collaboration and interaction between students, instructors, and other students. ACM incorporates more collaborative time per week than any other online graduate program. To accomplish this, ACM allocates three hours per week for student-to-teacher and student-to-student interaction and collaboration in a group and individual setting. ACM understands that heightened interaction produces a successful online program.


ACM’s faculty signifies the highest levels of education and knowledge with over thirty years of K-12 experience. They are fully committed to empowering students to develop critical and creative thought to acquire fact-based knowledge, resulting in favorable outcomes and informed solutions.

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About ACM Online

The American College of Music (ACM) was established in 2019 by music educators and started operating in July 2021. Their primary objective is to offer an affordable, 100% online graduate education highly valued academically and centered on hands-on instruction that caters to the student’s needs. ACM promotes critical and creative thinking through teaching and learning, vital for gaining fact-based knowledge, achieving positive results, and finding informed solutions. Upon graduation, students are encouraged to continue their pursuit of objective truth through lifelong learning and independent thought.

What is ACM’s Purpose?

The American College of Music aims to provide exceptional graduate education to music educators via an online environment that strives to advance knowledge, musicianship, inquiry, and academic achievement.

What is ACM’s Mission?

  • Develop passionate educators, reflective scholars, and life-long learners.

  • Provide heuristic, hands-on training with student-centered, project-based instruction.

  • Promote learner-centered pedagogy, critical thinking, and problem-solving as a

    personal development framework.

What are the issues/problems that ACM is trying to address?

  • ACM offers a 100% Online master’s degree program for working music educators to further their educational goals, academic knowledge, and pedagogical skills. Due to out-of-school preparation time and extra-curricular activities such as rehearsals, performances, and competitions, in-service music practitioners have difficulty attending traditional brick-and-mortar graduate programs.

  • For the past twenty years (2000-2019), public and private graduate education tuition has increased 250%, while inflation has hovered around 2.1%. Currently, one out of four Americans has a student loan, with a US student loan debt totaling 1.7 trillion dollars. According to a study by Leslie and Gray, higher education’s sky-rocketing tuition rates are due to the introduction of government-secured student loans into the market, negating free-market competitiveness.

  • Teacher preparedness is a significant issue, especially among new, untenured music educators. A 2011 survey by the US Department of Education reveals that fifty percent of teachers are not prepared to meet the challenges of their profession. Music educators want practical, hands-on content that covers subjects like musical repertoire, advanced instrument techniques, and technology utilization, to name a few. Most importantly, K-12 music practitioners seek mentorship programs with experienced master teachers.

What methods will be used to alleviate these problems?

  • Music educators designed ACM’s 100% Online master’s program for music educators with no required residency or out-of-state tuition. The program consists of 5-ten-week quarters, graduating students in 14 months, expediating class time and program length to accommodate working educators’ demanding schedules.

  • One of ACM’s main priorities is to help music educators achieve their educational goals by keeping tuition rates affordable and providing low-interest private financing, culminating with a debt-free degree. Maintaining a cost-effective overheard and seeking individual donations and grants facilitates the program’s success.

  • ACM Online curriculum is designed to increase the music educator’s effectiveness in the classroom by incorporating heuristic (hands-on) learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and mentorship into every course. As a result, ACM students can overcome their educational challenges, have successful programs, and become master teachers.

Who are the beneficiaries of the ACM’s Master in Music Education?

The primary benefactors of the ACM’s Online Master in Music Education program are the educators’ acquisition of knowledge, heightened use of current educational strategies, methodologies, and pedagogy skills. Most importantly, however, are the students of the educators who will be the recipients of their instructor’s acquired knowledge and skills, regardless of demographics, race, or abilities. It is these students who will obtain life-long learning to achieve life-long goals. As recently stated by the past president of the National Association of Music Educators: “Music and the other arts foster in our students the characteristics employers want to see in the people they hire.”

How does ACM's Masters in Music Education tuition rates compare to other online programs?

ACM Online offers the lowest tuition rates of the top 10 most popular online programs due to their non-profit status and adequate allocations of resources.* See the chart below: (rates will increase starting in the fall of 2022)
*100% online and no residency requirement.


Does ACM Online offer financial aid?

ACM does not provide Title IV, high-interest government-subsidized loans to offer the most affordable tuition rates. However, ACM does offer three ways to pay for tuition: 1. Pay the entire tuition upfront and receive a discount, 2. Pay each quarter or 3. Pay your tuition monthly until graduation. See the tuition detail page for more information: acmonline.us/finance-options

Is ACM Accredited?

ACM is seeking accreditation from a national music accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education. More details will be available as the process continues.

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