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Online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education: Professional Development on Your Terms

You’re used to being busy but you’re also realistic. Adding a doctoral program to your already heavy load of commitments is just not possible. Still, career advancement and professional development are important to you. Introducing Boston University’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), the first online program of its kind in the world.

CAGS: A Convenient New Alternative For Working Professionals:

  • Complete the 32-credit program in as little as 18 months
  • Revitalize your practice with new skills and methods
  • Further your knowledge on a schedule that fits your busy lifestyle
  • Learn from a diverse faculty of accomplished musicians, scholars, researchers, and educators
  • Access Boston University’s extensive, world-class resources

Advance Your Music Education Career

Your experience in the classroom and advanced education has served you and your students well over the years. But keeping up with new technology, policy, emerging methods and the latest theory is tough, especially when it means commuting or even moving to a college campus far away from home. Since you already have a Master’s degree, advancing your career and compensation with a doctoral degree would be great, but that kind of commitment is just not possible for everyone.

The online 32-credit CAGS program, which most students should be able to complete in 18-24 months, will enhance your technological skills and revitalize your practice with new methods based on the latest theory — all without leaving your community or the job you love. Advance your career today by downloading our CAGS program brochure now.

Required Courses (8 credits)

  • Foundations of Music Education I: Philosophy & History
  • Foundations of Music Education II: Psychology & Sociology

Approved Electives (24 credits - select six courses)

  • Advocacy & Policy
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Music Technology Pedagogy
  • Special Topics in Music Education Technology: Notation with Sibelius
  • Community Music Perspectives
  • Principles of Child Development and Early Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Music Education
  • American Music
  • Crossroads: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on the Blues
  • Orchestration
  • Jazz and Popular Arranging
  • Sacred Music: Methods & Materials

CAGS: A Professional Development Alternative

While a CAGS in Music Education can help to further your career and earning goals, it does not convey credits toward a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree at Boston University.

We hope to hear from you. Call us for program details.

Enrollment in the MM or DMA in Music Education program offered by Boston University does not lead to a public school (p–12) teacher licensure or a subject field endorsement (for public P–12 Schools) in Arkansas.