MA in Music Leadership Degree from Eastman Now Fully Online

September 4, 2020

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has approved Eastman’s Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program for fully online delivery. NYSED has also approved this degree to fulfill the requirement for K-12 Music Teachers to move from Initial Certification in Music to Permanent Certification.

All required Music Leadership courses will be taught online and can be accessed from anywhere. In addition, select elective courses will be available online from several departments, including secondary lessons.

“I am incredibly excited to see the Master of Arts in Music Leadership transition to an online degree”, shares Rachel Roberts, Graduate Degree Program Director, Institute for Music Leadership. “This delivery eliminates many barriers that future students, regardless of their location of study, may have previously encountered when wanting to access this curriculum.”

All of the courses have seamlessly transitioned to a mostly asynchronous format that maintains the standard of rigor, focused study, and collaborative learning environment that is central to IML’s Music Leadership degree. In addition, this format allows maximum flexibility for student schedules.

“The Music Leadership program at the Eastman School of Music offers students and young professionals the opportunity to master the skills necessary to thrive in the performing arts while gaining valuable experience,” says current student Zeke Fetrow. “Eastman is leading the field as a model for what engaging and rigorous online-education can look like.”  More student testimonials can be found here.

Music Educators in New York State receive initial certification to teach in public schools but within five years they must move from initial to permanent certification. With approval from NYSED, the Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program will now lead to permanent certification. The online delivery and option for part-time study also provides optimal flexibility for in-service music educators to achieve their permanent coursework.

Students also have the option to study in Rochester if they wish to be on-campus and participate in the full range of elective courses offered. Students may also apply for a combined degree with Eastman and the Simon School of Business, earning both the Master of Arts in Music Leadership and an MBA.

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About Institute for Music Leadership (IML):  

The Institute for Music Leadership was the first center of its kind in the country, created in 2001, with a particular focus on the changing state of classical music, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Always at the forefront of educating musicians of the future, the Eastman School of Music is dedicated to the comprehensive education of world-class musicians, scholars and leaders. IML serves as a center – and benchmark – for music leadership programs and activities and respond to and help shape America’s changing musical and cultural environment.

The establishment of the Institute for Music Leadership, and the generous support of foundations and philanthropists, has allowed the Eastman School to create a unique atmosphere among music schools, where ideas can flourish, and students are empowered to shape their own destiny by developing the skills and networks they need to adapt to the changing and challenging arts world. The IML is committed not to follow, but to lead, react, adapt and morph its curriculum to meet the needs of the musical world that our students will inhabit as professionals.

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About Eastman School of Music: 

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community.